understated chic
Living Etc Magazine|December 2020
All is calm in Solenne and Simon’s harmonious home, where French style meets English design under the roof of an elegant period terrace
Claire Bingham

LIVING ROOM

Soft tone-on-tone velvets, curved shapes and hand-forged bronze furniture sum up Solenne’s clean aesthetic.

Walls in Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath. Gatsby sofa; Moon table; Coco mirror, all Ochre. Bowls; Taroudant vases, all Canvas Homelivingetc.com 73

LIVING ROOM

One corner acts as a study. The modern light is a foil to the bare floorboards, treated with lime oil, and artisanal pieces.

Try Heal’s for a desk chair like this. Similar rug, La Redoute. Egg-shaped wood sculpture, Ernst Gamperl. Gaia light, Ochre

home profile

THE OWNERS

Designer and co-partner of Ochre, Solenne de la Fouchardière, her husband Simon Lee, managing director at tableware company Canvas Home, and daughter Soizick, 12 and son Jasper, 11.

THE PROPERTY

A 1790 terrace in north London. The top floor has an open-plan master bedroom and en suite. Below are the children’s bedrooms and bathroom. The ground floor features a living room, which steps down to the kitchen and courtyard garden. In the basement is a large dining area and laundry.

it is no wonder the elegant façade of this Georgian terrace in north London drew Solenne de la Fouchardière, co-partner at furniture and lighting company Ochre, and her husband Simon Lee with its grace. Located on a charming, tree-lined road, the four-storey house retains its period features, including the original cobbled pavement at the front. There’s even an attractive gastro-pub on the corner. ‘Living here, it feels like you’re almost walking into the countryside,’ says Solenne. ‘You feel calmer just coming home.’

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