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Be in­spired by Stephanie Fradette’s tex­ture-filled modern vin­tage abode

Af­ter years of roam­ing, French-Cana­dian Stephanie Fradette has fi­nally set­tled in Scot­land, where she’s made a mix-and-match home with hus­band Si­mon and daugh­ters Si­enna (8) and Eva (6). Maker of wo­ven wall hang­ings, fi­bre art, nee­dle punch and macramé, Steph has man­aged the im­pos­si­ble – cre­at­ing a vin­tage-heavy in­te­rior that doesn’t feel clut­tered.

“The house was a bit ‘beige’ when we moved in, so we re­dec­o­rated the en­tire place in white to

make it look big­ger and lighter,” re­calls Steph. “We also uni­fied the din­ing room, kitchen and liv­ing room by adding wal­nut floor­ing length­wise through­out to give a sense of space.”

Steph’s tricks to cre­ate a light, airy feel don’t end there, as the wal­nut floor­ing is picked up again in the kitchen. “That was the most sig­nif­i­cant re­model, as it was dark and tired­look­ing,” she ex­plains. “We added a win­dow to take ad­van­tage of the nat­u­ral light and kept a neu­tral base of white IKEA units and wal­nut work­tops.” With the house now a blank can­vas, in came a hotch­potch of vin­tage finds, midcentury fur­ni­ture and colour­ful makes.

“The pieces I love most are the ones I’ve up­cy­cled or made my own. It’s amaz­ing how some­thing as sim­ple as chang­ing the han­dles can trans­form a chest of draw­ers.” So no wor­ship­ping at the al­tar of vin­tage then? “I’m mostly drawn to well-de­signed pieces, whether they be old or new. I’m also a pa­tient buyer. It took three years for me to re­place a midcentury teak side­board I’d sold be­cause of an in­ter­na­tional move.” And where did she fi­nally find one? “Through a friend. But I’m at the lo­cal char­ity shop ev­ery week to look for trea­sures as the hunt is as thrilling as the find!”

Most of Steph’s pieces are sourced sec­ond­hand. “I’ve be­come really mind­ful about ‘fast’ in­te­ri­ors in the last few years. Just like fash­ion, it can be easy to find trendy home­wares cheaply made on the high street.” But, there are some ex­cep­tions. “I couldn’t re­sist the ochre sofa we re­cently got from Made.com. It had been on my radar for a while, and I’m so pleased with how the punchy colour adds depth and rich­ness.”

Steph’s dis­tinct colour pal­ette runs through her home and her work. The same shades of mus­tard, or­ange and earthy brown – plus a spec­trum of greens and blues – blend with

nat­u­ral ochres, whites and creams to cre­ate both a beau­ti­ful liv­ing space, and those tex­tured wall hang­ings cry­ing out to be stroked.

Hang­ing along­side those she keeps for her own walls are framed pho­to­graphs, screen prints and ty­pog­ra­phy. “Open shelv­ing is fab for vin­tage finds, but I like to bal­ance the look with modern art­work to give it an eclec­tic feel.” For Steph, “in­vest­ment art pieces like the Ben Eine al­pha­bet print are a state­ment in them­selves, and will trans­late to any space they’re in.”!

Her home is also made modern with plants a-plenty, and the peachy paint­work of the din­ing room chairs. “They’re my most re­cent ob­ject of lust. I found them for £10 at a car boot sale, and trans­formed them with a lick of salmon paint. They now look like de­signer chairs, plus they make the room so much more fun!”

Fun is a run­ning theme in this home. Steph’s favourite room is “def­i­nitely the liv­ing room. I love that we have no co"ee ta­ble so we can all lie down on the car­pet and play games, or the girls can use it for cart­wheels and forts. It’s the first space you walk into – a sea of colour, and ev­ery­thing we are as a fam­ily.”

So how would Steph de­scribe her home? “A bit boho, a bit retro. The eclec­tic granny? Cu­rated vin­tage-modern!” How­ever you de­scribe it, the re­sult is the same – a lov­ing home with a big per­son­al­ity and plenty of joy.

01 fam­ily dec­o­ra­tive pho­tos Old adorn easel. a 02 Steph and Si­mon’s vast plant col­lec­tion brings tex­ture and lay­ers to the home.

bed­room’s 01 The mas­ter sub­tle tones let fur­ni­ture and art­work shine. 02 Si­enna and Eva love all things pink, so Steph dec­o­rated their room to suit.

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