Back in the day, when interior design as a profession was nowhere near my radar, I started collecting magazine cut-outs of homes I loved (like the one below), just in case I ever moved to Buckingham Palace and needed some design inspiration 🙂
Revisiting those files the other day, I noticed how some of the images no longer speak to me in the same way as before (personal style is so fluid and ever changing …) but there was one home in particular that I love now even more than I did before, if that’s possible 🙂 The London home of stylist and florist Binny Hudson, which I’m gonna share today.
The pages are old and torn, with most of the design story lost but this is what I could find from the few online sources: Binny and her husband purchased a neglected house in an established London neighborhood, tore it down and rebuilt it as a French Provencal family residence (circa 2006/ 2007). Avid collectors, their home had to accommodate numerous collections of photography, vintage furniture pieces and flea market finds.
Eclectic and sophisticated, the entryway is filled with thoughtful groupings of books, candles, orchids. I love the delicate lattice work on the doors and Moroccan style chairs.
A monochromatic palette of warm greys throughout the home serves as the perfect backdrop for all of their family treasures. The pyramid glass ceiling in the sunroom with a gorgeous, impressive, perfect Moroccan lamp is one of my favorites.
The dining room doubles as a library, with an antique farmhouse table+chairs and a flea market mirror find. Large windows and French doors bring in the views, organically connecting the house with its surroundings.
A comfortable and serene bedroom, plush carpets and family photographs.
And the most beautiful dresser vignette!
The study, filled with more collections and high-end antiques has the coolest idea to create additional storage space above doorways.
Below, a more feminine work space. The industrial look of the metal desk and chair is softened by the pair of upholstered armchairs, white roman shades and flowers.
Way ahead of it’s time, the kitchen is designed with all those little details that we love to this day: industrial lamps, subway tile and timeless all white cabinets.
Open shelving pantry with a wide display of ironstone. Even though the home itself is gorgeous, note how each and every one of its rooms comes to life with topiaries, freshly cut flowers, plants and potted orchids. And while minimalists may object, with so much going on in every corner, this house somehow, as if by magic, WORKS!
I hope you enjoyed and wish you all a great week!