Ad­ven­tures in pat­tern

A guide to bal­anc­ing colour and prints

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words HAN­NAH BOOTH Pho­tog­ra­phy JAMES MERRELL/LIV­ING IN­SIDE Styling MAR­I­ANNE COTTERILL

From op­u­lent wall­pa­pers to a gold-leaf clad

liv­ing room, noth­ing about this north Lon­don fam­ily home is half-hearted. Patterns are lay­ered on top of patterns and de­sign stu­dio Les Trois Garçons has mixed dif­fer­ent styles, coun­tries and pe­ri­ods. ‘The start­ing point was the clients them­selves,’ says the stu­dio’s Has­san Ab­dul­lah of home­own­ers Alis­tair Gra­ham and Yen Sum. ‘Al is English/ Aus­tralian and his wife Yen is Malaysian/chi­nese via Aus­tralia, so we wanted to con­vey their mixed her­itage in the in­te­rior of the house.’ The cou­ple share the four-storey prop­erty with their son Hugo (four), and an­other baby is on the way.

Key to the look of this home is fear­less­ness. In­stead of adding the odd state­ment wall, the de­sign­ers have cre­ated rooms that are en­veloped in 360-de­gree pat­tern and colour. The hall­way is clad in strik­ing Cole & Son wall­pa­per – a damask with metal­lic blue pea­cocks – and rather than com­ple­ment these grandiose walls with more pared-back ac­ces­sories, Has­san has thrown cau­tion to the wind. There are carved Chi­nese dragon chairs, two vin­tage Ital­ian chan­de­liers, a clas­si­cal bust, and a sun­burst mir­ror. ‘Strong wall­pa­per needs dark and bold fur­nish­ings to an­chor it,’ he ex­plains.

The most im­pos­ing space is the pala­tial liv­ing room, where the walls and ceil­ing are clad in cork wall­pa­per that has been coated in gold leaf. ‘The down-to-earth cork gives the gild­ing a rather lovely sheen,’ says Has­san. The room’s look was in­spired by a house the Dalai Lama once stayed in when vis­it­ing west Lon­don. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing fur­nish­ings are ar­ranged sym­met­ri­cally: a but­ton-back wing chair and a mod­ern arm­chair are mir­rored by the same de­signs at the other end of the room. ‘ We wanted to in­stil some or­der, oth­er­wise it could have been too busy,’ says Has­san. ‘The com­bi­na­tion of an­tique and mod­ern pieces also re­stores a sense of bal­ance – they don’t fight each other.’

This blend of old and new is re­flected else­where in the house. In the kitchen, along­side bur­nished wall­pa­per that re­sem­bles an­tiqued mir­ror pan­els sits a strik­ingly in­dus­trial ad­di­tion: a wooden sign sal­vaged from a cin­ema in New­cas­tle. All of the vin­tage pieces were sourced by Les Trois Garçons on spe­cial buy­ing trips to France, Brus­sels, Italy and Eng­land, while the duo de­signed the ma­jor­ity of the con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture them­selves.

Each room is de­signed to have a dif­fer­ent am­bi­ence. ‘It’s bor­ing when the whole house looks the same,’ says Has­san. ‘A home should re­flect the char­ac­ter of its own­ers and cater for dif­fer­ent moods. Al and Yen love strong pat­tern and de­sign; our job was to make ev­ery­thing work beau­ti­fully.’ le­strois­gar­

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