Saffron Hunt and her very soon to-be husband Adam Holland (and their two year-old mini schnauzer, Hudson) have only lived in this South London home for six months. The couple moved to the neighborhood to test the waters before buying their own home in the area. Saffron has spent the last 10 years styling bands, music videos and commercials and now works as a creative director in a similar field, and a year ago, she paired up with a friend to launch, Fate London, an online home goods store. So when it came time to put her creative styles to work in her own home, she was up for the challenge. While there’s not a specific style that she’s aiming for, she loves to mix natural materials, raw wood and exposed brick with leather, wool, and silk – all in fairly muted tones against soft whites and creamy charcoals. She then interjects the couple’s personality through sprinkling the little bits and pieces that they have either picked up on travels or have some sentimental value – the things that tell a story. Thanks, Saffron and Adam! And a big thank you to Jessica Alexander for the lovely photos! –Amy
Image above: I have noticed that there is something very comforting and equally liberating to live in a space of your own making, and we have many plans and ambitions for our new home, right now we are just appreciating what we have until we have time to move things further forward. The big heavy wooden cupboard we found for just £20, it is a beautiful piece of furniture that we will never give up. The old U.S flag was an sent to me by a good friend in California, I used it for a photo shoot and it has been up on the wall ever since. I try to get out to the states as much as possible, I just get an overwhelming sense of ‘home’ from even the first time I ever arrived in San Francisco. The photo in the reflection is a photograph by our photographer friend David Ryle.
Image above: We love sitting around our big farmhouse table with friends. There is something about a big table in the kitchen that just feels so comforting. The lovely Ercol candlestick chair was a bargain I found at a market. The vase is something I picked up from Selfridges ( I also work as part of the Selfridges windows team) The ‘A’ print I got for Adam for his 30th birthday. The black triangle marble trivet (with coffee pot on) and white marble hexagon candle holder both from our store.
See more of this London home after the jump!
Image above: We have lots of old favorite gig posters and adorable photos of friends and family cluttered on the wall in gilt and wooden frames, I picked up the desk from an old art studio. Here is an example of how much I love mixing old and new, muted and gilt.
There is a beautiful photo of my dad who we lost suddenly out-of-the-blue two years ago, this photo is of him driving a boat when we were young, I love this photo so much. The Mexican Dia de Muertos guy is something I got on my travels.
Image above: I hung this feather necklace in a frame to just work with textures.
Image above: These are various bits and pieces that we have collected from travels, the brass vase is actually a huge cartridge shell that I got at a funny little antiques market in Malta last year, I loved the weight and patina on it and could only see vase when I looked at it, my friend remarked on the fact that something designed for destruction eventually would be used to hold nature/flowers. I make these glass prisms which sometimes hold sand and feathers and photographs, in this instance, some stones that someone gave me. Also in this collection, there is a photobooth photo of all our family when we were young peering out of a little gold frame, another a little nick-nack from Paris and a feather given to me by my mum, all these items have stories and together the layer up into a meaningful landscape that bring warmth, personality and history to the home.
Image above: This is Hudson who has the biggest soul and is still a puppy at heart. We would be lost without him now. I also love having wooden flooring throughout (bar the bedroom) it feels very grounding, which is really important to me. I also love having a garden full of bird song and that sense of peace that nature brings. It is vital in London to be able to have your own section of this, just to get a break from the city from time to time.
Image above: We have had these tea chests for years, I could never throw them out, they are part of me and will always suit the feel of any house we live in. The black & white huge flower print was flown in from the States when I was researching for products for the shop.
working with textures is great especially in such a tactile place such as the bedroom, I love the wool blankets, silk oriental cushions and velvet combination.
Image above: I hang this very heavy beaded top on the wall just so that I can see it all the time, it just seems to work with everything else around it. When I was younger, I used to work at Habitat in Brighton and I saved up to buy this very expensive classic fan, it still works – it is a trooper and probably my first intelligent buy and insight into the benefits buying great quality and classic style. More feathers collected from various trips away around Europe and diptyque candles – my favourite scent is mimosa.
Image above: I have quite a lot of perfumes – friends and family keep adding to my collection. This bathroom has so much light pouring in, that I wanted to keep everything white – I love how well the white shelves and glass work. I keep my hair pins and bands in the cute little grey pot from Anthroplogie. The glass box is from Selfridges and the wooden box is my jewelry box that I have had since I was 4 yrs old!