When Kate Paillat, founder of Maurice and King, and husband Guillaume were looking for a London neighborhood to settle into with their two small boys – Etienne (4) and Jacques (2) – they knew they wanted to be in Notting Hill. They had always loved the neighborhood and wanted to be near parks for their boys and Notting Hill is literally sandwiched between two of the best – Hyde Park and Holland Park. They’ve only been in this rental for six months and even though there are plenty of design elements that they can’t change like the carpet and wallpaper, they still wanted to create a clean, modern space that was child friendly. Luckily, the couple has a love for mid-century design and minimal interiors. Kate tries to live by the William Morris maxim, “Have nothing in your home that you don’t know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Which sometimes means that she has to wait a while for the right piece at the right price to come along. But once she finds a piece she loves (like the dining room table), it’s there to stay. –Amy
Image above: “The boys’ room is probably my favorite room in the house,” says Kate. “It’s full of light and color, with plenty of room for them to play. This Australian aboriginal painting, by Lady Dixon Nemara, is my absolute favourite artwork, and one of several aboriginal pieces we collected during our time in Sydney. I love it here in the boys’ room, with all its colours, shapes and vibrancy. Guaranteed to lift the mood on a grey London day!”
Image above: “My husband and I love mid-century design and this Danish teak tall boy was one of our very first furniture purchases. I love that the wood grain on the front matches perfectly on each drawer – it’s the finer details!”
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Image above: “I found this 1950s saucer chair at auction in perfect, original condition. The world map, unusually centered on the Pacific, is a beauty we bought for the nursery when our first son was born. I hope they will one day plan their own travel adventures from it!”
Image above: “This rug is actually crafted from recycled plastic and is so soft, durable and child-friendly. They’re sold as outdoor mats, but we found it perfect for the boys’ room. It hides all manner of sins!”
Image above: “My sister hand knitted these beautiful soft toys and my mother knitted the fair isle cushion. I love to look around my home and see items that I would never imagine throwing away, each with their own story or precious sentiment. The vintage poster is a gem we found in a thrift shop in the Blue Mountains in Australia – paid for with the change in my pocket!”
Image above: “There is nothing in our house that is out of bounds for our kids. When choosing (and culling!) furniture and housewares, we always make sure to keep items that suit everyday life with children.”
Image above: “This incredible aboriginal artwork, by Central Australian artist Maureen Hudson Nanpijinpa, is called ‘Water Dreaming’ and is made up of hundreds of tiny painted dots. It’s even more sublime in real life!”
Image above: “This chair is my most recent eBay acquisition. Another 50s gem, still in its original velvet. It’s true love. The painting is by Australian aboriginal artist Mitjilli Napparula, titled ‘My Father’s Country’.”
Image above: “I found this original Ercol table and set of stacking chairs on eBay. It was a labour of love, with many a lost bidding war (and meals standing up in the kitchen!), but there isn’t a day that goes by now that I don’t love and admire them! My kids love to sit at the foot of this huge window and watch the goings-on on the street below. When they were smaller, they used to wave at passers-by!”
Image above: “We are lucky to have a bright, open kitchen – they can be few and far between in London. It’s unusual for me to get excited about kitchen appliances, but this toaster had me at hello.”
Image above: “Our bedroom is the smaller of the two bedrooms in our home, but it’s perfectly serene. The artwork on the wall is another Australian aboriginal beauty, titled ‘Bird Dreaming’ by Utopian artist Janelle Eggley Napaltjarri.”
Image above: “I found this little Danish teak chair at auction and had it reupholstered in a wool tweed. It’s one of my very favourite items. Small and perfectly formed!”