sneak peek: lola et moi


three years ago olivier dupon opened a quirky shop in sydney, australia called lola et moi.  although the shop was recently closed to make more time for an exciting book project and interior design jobs, it’s fun to see the spirit of the store live on in his wonderful home.  he and his partner mark live in pyrmont, an old industrial precinct by the water and close to the city center.  they rent a 3-bedroom unit in a modern building with beautiful views of the harbour bridge. as renters they haven’t changed anything about the layout or fittings, but have used the empty space as a blank canvas for their furniture and whimsical collection. enjoy the post below, and click here for more images and here for olivier’s new site of curated finds! {thanks, olivier!}anne

[above: It is the ‘colourful’ room of the flat. Orange and green are the main accents. We did want to create a soothing, relaxing, vitamin-driven environment. The bed linen pieces are from different screen-printer artists: the duvet cover was made to order from an artist found on Etsy (MARAmiki), and the pillow case is from a French artist, who source old French pillow cases, that she will then transform with modern patterns (She recently stopped selling online).  The artwork above the bed is an etching on linen, found in Paris and initially not for sale. It felt like the perfect piece to complete the room. On the left bedside table sits a Mexican candle holder (Adam and eve) bought in San Diego 10 years ago and a Japanese glass red apple bought in Tokyo.]

We were sick of our previous living room display, all in dark brown, purple and green. We felt the urge to empty the space and get a clean, simple, light look. White and birch wood did the trick, with just the right amount of colour hints.  The ‘Pillow’ sofa is from the Italian company De Padova. The standing lamp is a made to order creation from a very clever wood worker in Sydney, Maizon. He created the base with roller spins, especially to hold our egg shape, papier mache lamp shade (from the artist Agnes Petit, France). The cushion is from Svenskt Tenn, and the wall artworks from various artists (from Singapore and France).

Vintage trunk bought in the largest French ‘car boot sale’ in France, La Braderie de Lille (North of France), and carried all the way back to London at the time. All the items on the trunk are family heirlooms (from France and Africa) except for the sculpture – a birthday present, which was made by my best friend.

Sea breeze… Blues and beige…A departure from the bright colours in the master bedroom. Wall painting – ‘Approaching storm’ – is from new zealander artist Rachel Hirabayashi; the paper mobile was bought in Paris and the bedside lamp shades are from Atelier R. Bernier, Oiseaux des Villes.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the Lola Et Moi sneak peek after the jump!

We love books! We decorated our book shelf / TV unit with various artists’ creations. This one is a little glass dome with a seahorse and sea weeds. One off, entirely hand-made with paper and cotton and bought in Paris. I love aquariums but we can not really have one, so Mark ordered it for me so that we could have one!

The ‘tall boy’ chest was bought from a thrift shop in England, the chair is from Tom Dixon and the cushion is from the Chambord castle’s museum shop, a quirky take on French 16th century tapestry. The antique African celebratory mask on the wall is a family heirloom.


We have a craze for  ‘still life’ and ‘Cabinet de Curiosité’, so we tried to create our own version everywhere in the flat.  Here we have a painted wooden bird from a market in Bali, a white ceramic vase with bull heads from a Tokyo shop, a vintage porcelain hand from an Australian thrift shop and three little candle holders with gold leaves (from Selfridges – London).


The best spot in the flat if you want to read / work / listen to music and of course eat. The table was salvaged from an Antique market in Australia – we painted its base white; the white glossy chairs are from the Italian company Bonaldo –  ‘Giuseppina’ chairs, based on the classic wooden kitchen chair, and worked in injection-moulded plastic.  The papier-mache bird is probably my favorite item in the whole flat. It is a one off, hand-made creation bought in Paris.

Had we not opted for white and birch for the living room, we would have chosen black/white and probably emerald. This pieces are a glimpse of what the flat could have looked liked! The antique theater Chinese dress was bought at auction in Sydney, the black console is a 19th century family heirloom. The glass dome is antique, however the butterfly display is a creation of Mark. Up on the wall, there is a framed black and white etching bought in Italy. It depicts a huge living room with floor to ceiling book shelves: our dream home!

  1. joan says:

    Love this!

  2. the art is really providing the focal points here. but i do wish there was SOME color, on the walls, furniture, something.

  3. I love this too.
    The white is fabulous.

  4. Kate says:

    I absolutely LOVE the custom-made standing lamp. Beautiful. I’m jealous.

  5. I must say the great use of color and the mix of personal, found and everyday utility objects really makes this a great space. The first photo grabbed my eye on my reader, and pulled me into the post today. Absolutely one-of-a-kind and gorgeous.
    ;) Michaela

  6. Kaarina says:

    like a breath of fresh air! Love the simplicity of the neutrals and all of the textures used in this house. The art all around is amazing- that mobile is fantasimo.

  7. Love the tree lamp by the sofa and the artwork of the tree in that photo as well! What a gorgeous space!

  8. amyp says:

    Can you give any more information on the Paris bought/designed items such as the paper mobile and seahorse glass dome? I would love to know more about the store/artist that did them for you.

  9. Emily says:

    Olivier, I have been in your store lol et moi, my sisters and I are so sad that it is no longer there for us to pore over every time we are in Sydney! good luck with your new adventures xx emily

  10. Hilary says:

    love the light blue and orange combo in the bedroom.
    Also that egg shaped lantern made by the French artist is awesome!

  11. kelly says:

    Love love love everything about every space here! I am truly in love with all of your artwork. Do you know the name of the artist who did the larger piece above your sofa?

  12. ai says:

    I liked lola et moi very much, and my friends in Sydney all miss that lovery shop!!

  13. Belle says:

    Olivier’s home is very much a reflection of the shop, all white, clean tones and quirky details. I’m sorry the store has closed as I always found something to buy there. Hope it comes back one day!

  14. Laura says:

    Love the print at the top!

  15. Sarah B says:

    The sea breeze room is a dream! Love the painting, the mobile and the lamp shades.

  16. Kimberly says:

    i wish i could sit in that living room and just stare at a wall for hours and hours. a perfect escape. also love how the cushion looks on that tom dixon chair. a great combination.

  17. A very beautiful home, so simple and lovely.

  18. jules says:

    Love that lamp! And the whole house is so calming and fresh feeling.

  19. Peg says:

    Their home looks amazing! I love the whimsical touches, subtle splashes of color, and overall feeling of ease and comfort in their home!

  20. I really like the fabric used over the bed in the first shot and the painting in the second bedroom. They do a great job of pulling the room together.

  21. Olivier says:

    Hi everyone,
    This is Olivier here.
    Many thanks for all your lovely comments!
    I am going to asnwer some of your quesitons:
    For AMYP – the paper mobile and little glass domes are from French artist Lyndie Dourthe
    For KELLY – Unfortunately we do not have a name for the Singaporian artist who did the drawing above the sofa. This piece is part of a travel book he created while vacationing in Japan…This is all we know..

    Have a great festive season!

  22. fabi says:

    soft, clean, bright, lightful… absolutely gorgeous! you can show so much of taste and personality with so little… I really adore this peek! it has an atmosphere that’s so soothing. congrats to olivier!

  23. Such a gorgeous and beautiful home…So many beautiful pieces and special touches. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I love it….

  24. Eva says:

    lovely bedroom!

  25. Novi says:

    It’s so beautiful throughout this home. I love Mark’s butterflies.

  26. Donna says:

    The lamp is so fey and precious — in a good way! I love it.

  27. I looove the wooden lamp stand from Maizon, I would love to have one myself!
    My favourite room would be the lounge, it’s so beautiful and looks cozy as well. Very very nice, I love it, five star.

  28. Rom1 says:

    Simple but so elegant… it’s a really “Chic”, delicate and poetic home… There are lot a different things, associated with lovely style and refinement. I love !!

    Simple mais si élégant… C’est un appartement très chic, délicat et poétique… Il y a des choses si différente qui se marient un avec gout, raffinement et évidence… J’aime beaucoup !

  29. arnaudtroyes says:

    All is beautiful and charming ! Lovely home, and lovely style ;-)

  30. Mariana Bustillos says:

    Need Help! Are the Giuseppina chairs comfy? sturdy?…I want to buy a couple of these but I´m scared to buy them online without knowing if they are ok.

  31. olivier says:

    Hi Mariana,
    The Giuseppina chairs are wonderful. We bought them online from DesignShopUK
    and they had them delivered to us in Australia. No problem at all and we love them.
    Very elegant shape and perfect for the dining table.
    I hope this helps

  32. Amazing says:

    Some of the art work is hung too high. Other than that, LIKE.

  33. PierreB says:

    d’où proviennent ces taies d’oreiller bleues…


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