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sneak peek: pernille picherit


Danish designer Pernille Picherit lives in France with her French husband Olivier and their two children, Arthur, 7, and Célia, 4. When the couple first visited this French farmhouse 60 km from Paris, they never thought, “wow, this is our dream house,” but Olivier loved the huge garden and easy access to Paris, while Pernille (who makes up half of Châto&co) recognized the home’s potential. The transformation has taken five years and remains a constant, ongoing process and wonderful collaboration between the two (although Pernille jokes that her role is to come up with ideas, and Olivier does the work). Thanks, Pernille! — Anne

Image above: This is my favorite corner! In front of our tailor-made library wall in the bedroom is my special chair. My husband knew I loved this chair and arranged a surprise trip to London for my 40th birthday (in his van) to pick it up. It’s from the 1950s by Danish designer Kurt Olsen, restored by Tricia Guild.

The wooden floor has been imported from Denmark, since we couldn’t find anything similar in France. It’s very important to us that we work with natural materials.


Image above: We created an open passage between the kitchen and dining room. We love the way the rooms are open yet separate. The bar that holds the pendant lamps goes through the kitchen also and hides all electric wires. A small space beneath the kitchen table was turned into storage for the kids. They have all their drawing and painting tools here and can easily put everything away when we eat.


Image above: Our bedroom was initially a shelter with access from the garden. We had a huge wall taken down and three windows added to include this room in the house, and though it was hard work, it really paid off. The room is now more a mezzanine above the wine cellar, and we had the steps made specially to avoid using too much space on a staircase. The wallpaper is Magnolia from Cole & Son.


Image above: Initially, the staircase to the first floor was placed in the living room, so to get a cozy corner and [best] utilize the room, we moved the stairs to the entrance. The sofa and the Arne Jacobsen re-released lamp are from Denmark. The wallpaper (KAJE) is my own design with partner and illustrator Géraldine Besnard. We started Châto&co just a year ago and have been very busy since . . .

CLICK HERE for more of Pernille Picherit’s French farmhouse!


Image above: My blue wall in the kitchen and my favorite ceramics! The white ceramic spoons are handmade by Caroline Swift, who we met during the Maison&Objet show this September. They are so delicate, I just had to own them. The tea pot is from Rigmor Als and the cups are from Marco Friis, both Danish ceramists.


Image above: Olivier, who works with decorative painting in private homes and castles all over the world, also wanted a touch of his creativity and painted a wall in the living room with a special technique. Close up, it feels like a soft stone. The painting on the wall is by Lena Bechmann, former colleague of my mother. Lena also babysat me when I was a child.


Image above: Our daughter Célia’s room. She loves colors and suitcases to store her toys. Olivier made the built-in shelf beside her bed, so she can keep order in her books. The wallpaper (OIZO) is from Châto&co and the red chair is from Sweden.


Image above: This is our treasure, the wine cellar! Living in France, you just have to have one! My husband restored it himself and on hot summer days it’s a very nice place to be . . .

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24 Comments

carolyn

WOW, that wine cellar is too charming. i love how well-edited this space is, i’ve always appreciated people who can pull off minimalism while keeping it cozy. well done :)

Shahidah Ali

This is why I want to move to France if only for one year! The master bedroom and steps leading up to the bed is so awesome! I am turning green!

Maria Valdivieso-Pakozdi

I need that wince cellar! so Jealous!!! Beautiful home!

sherrod

That wine cellar! Oooh aaaah. I wonder how many wine cellars have been featured on D*S? Can we get a retrospective?

yasmin

that wine cellar is fantastic!~ and to have one in your home and make use of the space for it and the bedroom that way?! enlightened.

mejezabel

LOVE that pink and blue wallpaper in the bedroom. Where can I get that?

maja @ tikoli

lovely! & so funny- i was looking at the whitewashed wood floors and thought that they looked more scandinavian than french. i guess i was right~

lee moody

Everything is always so pretty and inspiring ~ makes me want to redo every room ~ EVERY time ~ but I can’t make up my mind what I like the most…love it all !

Lisa

I love how the wallpaper is hung in the living room.
What is on the floor in the wine cellar?

Vanessa

I can’t even read these posts anymore because I just get insanely jealous. WHERE do people find these lovely and unique little apartments? I am dying over those little half stairs up to the bedroom. And the wallpaper? I need to find an apartment with a landlord that won’t kill me for wallpapering a wall or two…

Tracey

Love, love the wine cellar, and also the wallpaper in the master bedroom! Can you source it please?

sarah elizabeth

yes, please tell us where we might find the sofa, or one similar… thank you!

Pernille Picherit

Thank you all for your kind remarks :-)
Here’s some details for your questions:
Sofa is from Bolia.com.
Wallpaper in bedroom is from Cole&Son and is called Magnolia.
Blue colour in kitchen is home blended.
Floor in cellar is small stones directly on earth.

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