A touch of French flair

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Se­rina knows how to give a brand-new home a won­der­fully lived-in feel with vin­tage and an­tique fur­ni­ture. But don’t think that her house is a replica of her shop; while she spe­cialises in dis­tressed fur­ni­ture in her store, her own style is more ‘fresh vin­tage’ with a touch of French flair. With De Vil­liers as a maiden name, there’s plenty of French blood run­ning through her veins! Se­rina sub­tly brings this her­itage into her dé­cor.

“Most of my fur­ni­ture comes from my pre­vi­ous home; how­ever, over the past two years I have col­lected a few ‘new’ pieces for our new home, in­clud­ing the large French wardrobes which al­lowed me to avoid any built-in cup­boards in the house,” she says. Many of these wardrobes come from Strand Trad­ing Post and they work per­fectly with the home’s high ceil­ings. “French wardrobes need plenty of space,” ex­plains Se­rina. “For this style, fur­ni­ture pieces must com­ple­ment each other and not com­pete with each other – the bal­ance has to be right.” >>

Wardrobe from Strand Trad­ing Post; chaise longue from Nerf-Af; lam­i­nated floor­ing from Floor­ing De­pot; wall­pa­per from Paint & Decor The head­board in the main bed­room be­longed to Se­rina’s mother. “Nei­ther of my sib­lings wanted it be­cause it takes up so much space!” Se­rina had it re­uphol­stered in French linen and ap­plied a paint tech­nique to the frame her­self. The throw on the bed, which comes from Bel­gium, boasts a French mono­gram. Pale blue wall­pa­per with a touch of gold adds to a tran­quil at­mo­sphere.

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