Benedicte Sartorio and Emmanuel Clouet are a French couple with four children living in Earl’s Court in southwest London. Benedicte is a freelance visual merchandiser working for various fashion and children’s retailers, while her husband works in the luxury industry. In their home, they like to keep things minimal for their busy lives, so everything must be beautiful or functional while mixing vintage and modern designs, colors and textures in a contrasting way. Their top-floor flat is very light and open and overlooks a charming communal garden, which is quite popular with the children, who are always changing their beds and rooms around, making it difficult for their parents to know who is sharing a bedroom with whom. Thanks so much to Benedicte and to Sibylle Meyfret for the photos! — Anne
Image above: The space in this room is achieved by a wall of windows plus a big mirror, which visually doubles the size. The table and chairs are from Habitat. I found the vase at Pedlars. The small side boomerang table was a gift to me.
Image above: This 1950s vintage Vesper desk is facing a big window and is a nice place to spend hours working. I made the stool out of magazines. I like to change objects around on the desk, but in the picture there is an Anglepoise lamp and Urbanears headphones.
More inside Benedicte and Emmanuel’s home after the jump . . .
Image above: On this table there are Liberty kites, which are a work in progress for Amaia. In back, you can see a black drawing on the wall by Augustin Greneche.
Image above: In our bedroom, blue gives us a lot of energy. I like to put natural linen on our bed, which gives it a fresh feeling. I had to find a big chest of drawers to stock all the material I use for work. This one is made with Muji drawers, which are very convenient because they are transparent. I recently did the charcoal drawing in a class.
Image above: In the living room I placed a ’50s Danish sideboard that I really like matched with an Ercol armchair from Rich at Chairs and Skyscrapers. The floor lamp is Terence Conran, and the drawing from is by Paul Helleu.
Image above: For our bathroom, I wanted to contrast the strong effect of tiles and mirrors with old pieces of furniture that I found in antique markets around London. The coral pair of “les petites” shoes gives a touch of color to the room.
Image above: I like to put children’s chairs all around so they can sit and daydream or read a book. This one is a chair from the ’50s called Mulca 300 with a matching desk. We painted the antique wardrobe found in a Paris flea market in a grey color to give the furniture a splash of modernism. The animals are from Caramel Baby and Child, and the garland is from Mi-avril.
Image above: I found a vintage children’s set from the antique market along with a hutch, high chair and stroller. The children spend hours playing restaurant and dad and mum. The teddy is from Gwenael Malcorpi.
Image above: The yellow kids’ chair is a re-edition from the Polyprop Series E with an antique blackboard on an antique trunk. The little bag was handmade by my friend Belen Sanz, who also works for Amaia as a freelance graphic designer.
Image above: The ceiling light pendant is from Bakker Made with Love. I found this desk here in London in an antique market, and we painted it with a Designer Guild color. My husband found this military bed in Paris. Again I used linen fabric for the children. The picture frame above the bed is from Bianca and Family.
Image above: On the side I put some Dantel decorating balls suspended by a transparent thread. I also framed a child’s drawing because I want to help their creativity. The camera is a vintage polaroid.