sneak peek: florence rolando


Florence Rolando is a children’s fashion and design specialist, co-founder of Bubble Trade shows, contributor to Milk Magazine, consultant for children’s brands, blogger of Pirouette and oh yeah, she’s a mother of three. So it’s no wonder that her home is full of toys and elements of play. Being half Swiss and half French also makes her a bit of a mountain girl, influencing her alpine style. She’s lived around the world and has collected things along the way, but these days central London is home. The building was originally constructed as an office, giving it a greater sense of space. The apartment is on the top two floors with good, natural light and a great view overlooking the city (and the Gherkin) from their rooftop terrace. Thanks, Florence! — Anne

Image above: This is the guest room. A nod to travel as people (friends and family) who visit us usually come from abroad/far. The world map comes from the Spitafields market; the globes were gathered a bit everywhere.

Image above: When I moved from NY to the UK, I got fascinated by the royal family. I bought the Pearly Queen of Marylebone from artist Ann Carrington. It is made of hundreds of mother of pearl buttons. Also shown: Noguchi table, Flos lamps, pony skin rug from ABC Carpet & home. Couch is Ikea and cushions are Michelle Varian.

Image above: Above the fire place hangs a painting by Tim Braden with a family of toy deer by Schleicht.

Image above: Bookshelves by Vitsoe, collection of vintage toys from markets in the US and UK.

Image above: In my daughters’ rooms, a collection of little chairs by Molly Meg, chest of drawers by Skandium, mirror is Caravan Style and homemade tulle pompoms.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Florence’s sneak peek after the jump!

Image above: Over the bed are wall stickers with the girls’ names. The tutu dresses are by Dagmar Daley. I like the two beds in a row like a long bench or couch, which is perfect for reading stories.

Image above: Landing — vintage creatures from the mountains gathered in thrift stores in Switzerland, rocker Bear by Netto Collection, and dress by Cos Kids.

Image above: The staircase.

Image above: Lower landing — chairs by Molly Meg and photograph by Alessandra Sanguinetti.

Image above: The industrial steel kitchen table was bought in NY (Paula Rubinstein, Prince Street corner of Crosby), the chairs are Tolix, the metal letters spell “loup” (wolf) and the photograph is by Paolo Ventura. That day I have covered the table with posters from a giant YSL catalog.

Image above: Another view of the kitchen.

Image above: The solid oak table in the studio was designed by Sir Terence Conran, Mickey is from the 50s, the photo is by Polly Braden and the pendant light is by Christian Raeder from Skandium.

  1. Jenni says:

    Love the arrangement of the girls’ beds! Perfect for
    late-night whisperings. :) And the tulle poms are super

  2. casey says:

    Love that rocker bear! do they come in adult

  3. I LOVE those tulle pompoms hung form the ceiling!

  4. Love the style. Adore the little girls room!

  5. conundrum says:

    amazing! I wish I could have had a riding polar bear when I
    was younger :) I love all the splashes of red too.

  6. Stacy Jean says:

    Would love a DIY on the tulle pompoms….just

  7. What a beautiful little gild bedroom, the chairs the paper
    pompoms , simply lovely and very creative.

  8. Mary Anne from Melbourne says:

    Love the Ann Carrington! Inspiring to see what a real cool
    family home looks like – with all its fantastic things and stuff!
    Tulle pom poms look fab too.Thanks for this great sneak

  9. annawithlove says:

    beautiful home! so creative and inviting!

  10. Chela says:

    love the simplicity and bold use of colour. I used to have a large wooden table and church pew like that when I lived in Melbourne, I miss it bad.

  11. angie says:

    i love this house, especially the bookshelf and the little
    girl’s room. sooo sweet.

  12. Sasha says:

    the birds above the bed are lovely. an inspiring

  13. Tanya says:

    The map over the bed is a fantastic idea! ~Tanya

  14. Rebecca says:

    I love the tulle pompoms too. I’d bet you could use the tshirt pompom tutorial and sub tulle…

  15. ChantaleP says:

    I especially love the vintage Mickey Mouse in the studio.. and all the vintage toys scattered around this incredible home!

  16. Love, love, love the word “Eat” in the eating area. what a great idea. And the Anne Carrington – the couple from 9 By Design have a bunch of her stuff and have showcased her artwork on their show.
    thanks for sharing! Very inspiring!

  17. Gina A. says:

    Those tulle pompoms are so whimsical!! I love them!!

  18. Wow! What a beautiful home and an amazing collection of whimsical items! I love the Mickey…grew up near Disneyland so perhaps he is close to my heart;)

  19. Just similarly arranged my books by color this past weekend. I was actually inspired by how awesome the arrangement looks whenever D*S features it, and yet again- LOVE IT!

  20. ola appletea says:

    the first with the map is awesome :) I love the children’s
    rooms also! :) Have a good day!

  21. Really lovely home! The itty bitty chair collection in the
    daughters room? WONDERFUL!!!

  22. megan says:

    She has really fantastic taste in photographers . . . really love them both (Sanguinetti and Paolo Ventura) and they fit so beautifully in with her home.

  23. ellen says:

    Love the kids’ room. What brand are the beds?

  24. Deborah Wall says:

    Seriously love the map room – that is my idea of cool for a teenager … simple, smart and room for the imagination to bloom.

  25. LM says:

    The staircase looks like it is brilliant, I would love to see a better picture. I LOVE the polar bear rocker, the ‘pearly queen’ and the tulle pom-poms.

  26. LM says:

    Also has everyone noticed the growing trend in sneak peeks to organize bookshelf content according to colour?! Is this a new trend on the horizon?

  27. Tong says:

    I have been searching high & low for the artist after seeing that Queen piece artwork in 9 by design. Now I know… Thanks!!! I love all the collection of art. Great taste.. Great home!

  28. Julia says:

    Tulle pom-pom tutorial please!

  29. yvonne says:

    where is the mushroom from? i love mushrooms!!

  30. Me gustan los pompones!!! Love them

  31. April says:

    Love the color on the wall in the Lower Landing! What color is this?

  32. April says:

    The mushroom is available at Caravan.



  33. Lina says:

    Girls names Leokadija and Laiminta sounds very Lithuanian and has a beautiful meaning!

  34. agne says:

    are you lithuanians? wery beautiful ;)

  35. Wendy says:

    I love the color organization. You’ve managed to have your home look fun and kid friendly but also artsy and “adult”. Bravo!

  36. Victoria says:

    I love this home! Congratulations!

  37. Michel says:

    The little girls room is just lovely and very creative. The bookshelf with books arranged by color, what a great idea. It is inspiring.


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