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 . . .
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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.