A Parisian creative consultant’s dream abode.
A devoted Nike fan, Thomson-jonville has a stash of more than 3O trainers, with her Off-white x Nike Air Jordan styles on high rotation. Monogrammed pouches and fashion blankets are also a favourite — one by Hermès is artfully folded in the bathroom, and a green Céline throw (much loved by her daughter Georgia, 4, and son Étienne, 20 months) is draped over the bannister. Very few Parisians can claim to live in an actual house, with its own front door, but Claire Thomson-jonville, Scottish creative consultant, former editor-in-chief of high-glamour cult magazine Self Service and mother of two, is one such lucky resident. She lives in a charming three-storey maison. “A house, in the 8th arrondissement!” she says, still with a trace of disbelief.
At weekends, Thomson-jonville’s pace slows significantly and she seeks out family time, heading to the Jardin des Tuileries, Parc Monceau and other green spaces. While she rarely has time to cook (“I just can’t be bothered,” she says, with refreshing frankness), she clearly relishes downtime at home when she’s not travelling for photo shoots or fashion weeks. Thomson-jonville is keeping an eye out for a vintage mirror and coffee table. “My phone to-do list is literally ‘buy furniture’, but I wanted to live in the space and then start buying things,” she says. “But I have no time!” This year has been full of change: along with the new address, she left her post at Self Service after 10 years to break out on her own as a freelance creative consultant. E Prints by photographers Juergen Teller and David Sims hang on the walls, along with iconic imagery by Corinne Day (including the endlessly Instagrammed black-and-white portrait of a young Kate Moss). Her bookshelves are chock-full of carefully curated back-issues of magazines, and the surfaces are artfully cluttered with Byredo candles and stacked Hermès boxes.