Global Glam­our

The London home of celebrity fash­ion de­signer Melissa Od­abash has been ren­o­vated to cre­ate an op­u­lent in­te­rior that re­flects her style and love of beauty

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This renowned fash­ion de­signer’s home in the UK is chic, pol­ished and lux­u­ri­ous.

Amer­i­can-born fash­ion de­signer and for­mer model Melissa Od­abash is one glam­orous lady, and, as you’d sus­pect, she has the life­style to match. As the de­signer of an ex­clu­sive swimwear range that Vogue la­belled ‘the Fer­raris of swimwear’, her job takes her around the world, from Mi­ami to Monaco, and her de­signs are worn by ev­ery­one from Kate Moss to the Duchess of Cam­bridge. So when it came to re­fur­bish­ing her London home in Con­naught vil­lage on the north side of Hyde Park, there was a def­i­nite am­bi­ence she wanted to achieve. ‘I was look­ing for that glam look that echoed my dis­tinc­tive style and the sun-kissed beach hues that have made my brand suc­cess­ful,’ she ex­plains. Then, London-based Bel­gian-born in­te­rior de­signer Caro­line Le­grand, known for her sump­tu­ous, so­phis­ti­cated in­te­ri­ors that have a time­less ap­peal, en­tered the scene. In­tro­duced by a mu­tual friend, Caro­line and Melissa hit it off right away. ‘I had been a big fan of Melissa’s swimwear ever since she started, so I was ex­cited to meet the woman be­hind the brand,’ ad­mits Caro­line. Then, armed with Melissa’s well-de­fined brief, Caro­line set about pro­duc­ing a se­ries of mood­boards ini­tially in­tended just for the liv­ing room, master bed­room, me­dia room and guest bed­rooms, but the brief ul­ti­mately ex­panded to nearly the en­tire prop­erty. ‘Right from the start I fell in love with the house,’ says Caro­line. ‘It’s a very unique London home over four floors and spread out – not your usual ver­ti­cal town­house. What I es­pe­cially loved was the en­ergy that Melissa and her fam­ily ra­di­ated in their home. Even be­fore the work be­gan it had a very cool vibe with beau­ti­ful light and good bones.’ One of Caro­line’s start­ing points was a tear sheet from US Vogue of Cate Blanchett. ‘She was lean­ing against a white wall with a lamp rest­ing on a black lac­quered ta­ble and a glimpse of a cream car­pet and sofa. I showed it to Melissa and she got it im­me­di­ately! That re­ally got things started.’ The first room that

Caro­line worked on was the master bed­room. She chose darker, mood­ier colours be­cause that room needed some­thing a bit more sul­try than just white walls. ‘I went for a rich mink and, dar­ingly, wall­pa­pered the ceil­ing, adding vin­tage smoky mir­rors to pro­vide that lux­ury feel­ing,’ says Caro­line. ‘It was com­pleted in just four weeks from start to fin­ish. Melissa un­der­stood the vi­sion for me to con­tinue with the re­main­ing rooms.’ Caro­line has an eye for find­ing in­ter­est­ing pieces and putting them to­gether in the most un­ex­pected way, but she stresses they must go with her clients’ own life­style and per­son­al­ity. To do this, she tire­lessly seeks out un­usual vin­tage fur­ni­ture, eye-catch­ing wall­pa­per or se­duc­tive fab­rics. ‘This is where I fo­cus a lot of my en­ergy,’ the de­signer ex­plains, ‘ but I al­ways try to pick the right pieces at the right price. ‘I am lucky that I travel a lot with my job. It means I’ve built up a net­work of in­ter­na­tional sup­pli­ers who I work with reg­u­larly and who keep me up to date on new stocks and un­usual finds.’ To­gether with Melissa, she sourced beau­ti­ful fur­ni­ture for each room. ‘She is a very easy per­son to work with in the sense that she knows ex­actly what she likes,’ says Caro­line. The bud­get is al­ways at the front of Caro­line’s mind and she be­lieves in reusing ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture if it com­ple­ments the new look. To this end, she re­uphol­stered a num­ber of so­fas us­ing care­fully cho­sen fab­rics. How­ever, she adds, ‘I don’t like to use the same colours and fab­rics over and over again. It shows a lack of orig­i­nal­ity, so I keep look­ing at new pos­si­bil­i­ties with ev­ery sin­gle pro­ject.’ Per­haps the big­gest chal­lenge was the big open-space me­dia room. The pro­por­tions were not easy and Melissa nat­u­rally wanted to keep it as light and spa­cious as pos­si­ble. Caro­line’s so­lu­tion was to line the walls in a tex­tured white wall­pa­per to make them more of a fea­ture; she also added shut­ters to the win­dows and cre­ated a large seat­ing and din­ing area to fill the space. ‘It was not easy to find the right light­ing and art that would go with the look of that room but we fi­nally hunted it down,’ says Caro­line. ‘It works re­ally well now that we have made it both

prac­ti­cal and re­tained the spa­cious­ness, while keep­ing the feel and essence of the rest of the house.’ And the same dis­ci­plines were ap­plied to the large ter­race on the first floor where Caro­line chose a French grey pal­ette – her aim was to cre­ate a re­laxed outdoor room that was both prac­ti­cal and stylish. West-fac­ing, it’s the per­fect sunny spot for an evening cock­tail or curl­ing up with a pile of mag­a­zines or a good book. The ter­race is ac­cessed through Melissa’s own per­sonal space – her snug-cum-TV room that Caro­line fin­ished in soft creams and fash­ion­able vert d’eau walls with sump­tu­ous faux fur throws on the Minotti sofa. ‘It’s now my favourite room to chill in the house,’ says Melissa. The magic of the house per­son­i­fies the glam­our and luxe that Melissa and Caro­line set out to achieve with a cool chic vibe that is both re­fined and ar­rest­ing. But above all, it has a com­fort­able feel and sense of calm. As Melissa un­der­lines, ‘This is first and fore­most a fam­ily home where we can find peace, com­fort and re­lax­ation from our busy lives.’ Af­ter all, isn’t that what a home is all about?

Left This pre­sen­ta­tion wall fea­tures sev­eral monochro­matic pieces of art with slight colour ac­cents Above A Pe­dro Friede­berg gold ‘Hand’ chair adorns the cor­ner of the main liv­ing room.

Above Nat­u­ral light floods this airy space where white walls and cream fur­nish­ings of­fer a gen­tle con­trast to the side ta­bles, screen and sofa base, all of which add a lux­u­ri­ous golden touch.

Op­po­site and above Golden ac­cents punc­tu­ate the en­tire home, from the pen­dant lamps hang­ing over the kitchen table, sourced from the Lon­don-based fur­ni­ture de­sign stu­dio Bir­git Is­rael, to the be­spoke metal screens that stylishly di­vide the main liv­ing...

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