colour con­fi­dent

Rich tex­tures and strong hues fill this Lon­don pe­riod home

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Look­ing at this prop­erty’s el­e­gantly dec­o­rated in­te­ri­ors, it is hard to be­lieve that it has been home to the Fal­coner fam­ily for just a year. In fact, it is the lat­est project for Camilla Fal­coner, owner of Lon­don Throw Com­pany and di­rec­tor of In­te­rior Facelift. ‘I love a house to look lived in and that’s very much my ethos with the homes I cre­ate for clients,’ ex­plains Camilla, who shares this place with her hus­band Ian, their chil­dren, Os­car, 16, and Coco, 14, and Olive the dog.

Af­ter many years teach­ing, Camilla de­cided it was time to turn a pas­sion for in­te­rior de­sign into her vo­ca­tion, tak­ing var­i­ous cour­ses at Chelsea Har­bour to hone her skills. She was first in­spired while liv­ing in Rome for sev­eral years. ‘ We took the chil­dren to live there and ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent cul­ture,’ she ex­plains. ‘Be­ing sur­rounded by the sheer beauty of the city, I de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in in­te­rior de­sign, along with an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of clas­si­cal sculp­ture. If I could, I’d fill the whole house with it.’

Al­though born and bred in Suf­folk, Camilla con­fesses to be­ing more of a city lover. ‘How­ever, I grew up in an old beamed house, full of pe­riod fea­tures, so I’m al­ways drawn to build­ings with history. The lay­out of this house im­me­di­ately sold it to me and the sense of lat­eral liv­ing was very ap­peal­ing af­ter the pre­vi­ous ter­raced homes we’d lived in,’ she says. ‘I liked the slightly quirky lay­out, too.’

Camilla’s eye for cre­at­ing invit­ing spa­ces in­volves an in­stinc­tive mar­riage of rus­tic French style with a mod­ern edge. De­spite its gen­er­ous size, her home is made cosy with a blend of rich ma­te­ri­als and tex­tiles. ‘I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate Kit Kemp’s eye for lay­er­ing colour

and pat­tern; it’s very in­spir­ing,’ she says. ‘I’m not keen on the show home look, where ev­ery­thing matches.’ Bead­ing and pan­elling on the walls help to break up large ar­eas and pro­vide sub­tle frames for lights and art­work. Soft greys and bold blue-blacks have been used on walls through­out the house, cre­at­ing an ef­fec­tive con­trast.

Camilla’s tal­ent for mak­ing so­cial spa­ces is ev­i­dent in the for­mal sit­ting room, where tra­di­tional so­fas and chairs with pink cush­ions and wool throws form a wel­com­ing scheme in front of the fire­place. In the din­ing area, an over­scaled oak ta­ble and up­hol­stered seat­ing, with a back­drop of win­dow frame mir­rors, pro­vides an en­tic­ing place to spend time with friends and fam­ily. ‘So­cial spa­ces are so im­por­tant – it’s a de­sign el­e­ment that I re­ally con­sider when putting a home to­gether,’ says Camilla. ‘Friends have al­ways said that ev­ery house we live in has the same feel.’

Each area of the house has been clev­erly thought through in terms of the use of space, par­tic­u­larly Coco’s long at­tic bed­room. ‘Coco said she wanted a climb-in bed, so we cre­ated a be­spoke de­sign at one end,’ says Camilla. The other end of the room is where she hangs out with her friends, reads or watches TV.

There is one more job on Camilla’s list of im­prove­ments. ‘We’d like to re­vamp the ter­race next,’ she says. ‘Once that’s done, I’m sure I’ll be itch­ing for a new project, as I can never stay still for long.’

| pho­tog­ra­phy FIONA MURRAY

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