Today’s post highlights one of my all time favorite interiors, the London home of Fruzsina Keehn designed in collaboration with Alex Papachristidis. My first exposure to this gorgeous home was the November 2006 Elle Decor. I remember savoring every word of the article and studying each image for the smallest details. The piece de resistance, the master bedroom ~ elegant, refined, simple, luxurious, textured, calming, feminine, glamourous and romantic. This room inspired my own bedroom design which was completed a little over a year ago. I didn’t try to duplicate any individual element, just take the overall feeling of the room and translate that into my home. I adore my bedroom and have this one to thank for the inspiration!
above, in the master bedroom, a pair of 19th century French gilt-wood mirrors, a 19th century German commode, and curtains of Clarence House’s Changeant Taffeta; bed linens are by the White Co.
Jewelry designer Fruzsina Keehn worked hand in hand with her dear friend Alex Papachristidis on the design of her London home. The two bedroom flat had great bones, high ceilings and lots of natural light, but needed a complete makeover. They started by replacing the fundamentals ~ lighting, flooring, and window treatments. Next they shopped London, Paris and Hudson, New York for one of a kind treasures that would ultimately give this home its’ personal story. Interestingly, the color palette sparked some heated discussions! Fruzsina told Alex she needed pale gray and he said, “Never, never in London. It’s a depressing color,” to which she replied, “Not the way I see it!” I happen to love the pale gray palette but mostly because of the warm gold accents and antique wood furniture. (In fact, the color palette reminds of the Stephen Sills designed Country Retreat, the warm gilded four post bed on the cool gray stone floor!) I love that the two discussed every detail, sending fabric samples back and forth across the Atlantic! The end result is clearly a successful collaboration! (one of my all time favorites!)
above, in the foyer, a 19th century Venetian chandelier from H.M. Luther Antiques, a 1960’s Italian table, and 18th century Swedish side chairs; the sepia prints are by Luis Gonzalez Palma (the mix of elements in this space is perfection!)
above, in the living room, the custom sofa is adapted from a 1940’s Jean-Charles Moreux design and upholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils silk velvet, flanked by a pair of Russian Empire-style chairs and antique Italian gilt-wood sconces. The vintage nude studies were found in a Vermont antiques shop, the bronze gueridons are from Hinson & Co., and the standing lamp and bronze-and-lacquer cocktail table are vintage Baques.
above, the chaise in the living room is 19th century French (I love the humble striped ticking on the formal antique chaise!)
above, in the study, an antique clock and 18th century French secretary that Fruzsina inherited from her father, a 19th century gilt-wood settee upholstered in Fortuny’s impero cotton and a glazed garden seat.
above, in the guest room, an antique armchair found at a Paris flea market is upholstered in Fortuny’s Glicine cotton and a 19th century neoclassical daybed is covered in Brunschwig & Fils’s Satin La Tour.
above, two purple silk velvet upholstered chairs from an Italian train flank a Jansen desk with a pair of 1960’s Paul Evans cast-bronze lamps from Guinevere Antiques (personalized with aubergine lamp shades!)
below, spread from the November 2006 Elle Decor ~ there is a small photo of the kitchen, 19th century neoclassical prints from John Rosselli are displayed against Nina Campbell’s Tamarin wallpaper from Osborne and Little.