fall for colour
I love autumn, it is without doubt my favourite season I love dressing myself and my home with cosy layers as the temperature takes a sudden dive, and I love how nature grabs my heart with its breathtakingly dramatic variety of colours… Yellow, orange, red… it is a celebration of warm hues against a cool backdrop, just like this striking London terrace owned by vintage dealer Tamara Broido of Reclectic. So when I arranged to shoot this vintage-filled home with photographer Rob Sanderson, I was thrilled that Tamara and her husband Peter were totally up for an autumnal shoot so I could arrive armed with boxes and boxes of majestic pumpkins and gourds, and some vibrant textiles that would encapsulate this incredible time of year…
Tiled flooring and an exposed concrete wall in the dining area (off the sitting room), where mid-century art and glass add splashes of colour
Table legs painted Cornish Ware, Designers Guild. Chair back painted Charlotte’s Locks, Farrow and Ball. On sideboard: Murano glass vases bought in Venice, from £180; Mid-century Empoli Glass Decanters, from £60; green soda siphons from Romania, from £35, all available through Tamara at Reclectic.
A square bay window and exposed concrete wall provide a good setting for an arrangement of comfortable furniture and vintage pieces
Vintage ladder, similar around £75; green vintage throw, £55, both Reclectic. Cushions, left to right: Tropical Gardens (on chair), Woven Stripe, Kelim Crewel, Harlequin Amezelia (pink), all John Lewis; M&S abstract butterfly, similar to fabric by Pam Weinstock, around £73 per m.
Tamara loves to combine vintage pieces that show their age with bright contemporary pieces
1950s botanical poster, £60; vintage book bundle (under side table), £25, both Reclectic. Old vintage locker, similar (new), Maison du Monde. ‘Empty Chair’ sculpture, approx £85, David Gerstein. Cushions, left to right: Kelim Crewel, Harlequin Amezelia (pink), Woven Stripe, all John Lewis; M&S abstract butterfly, similar to fabric by Pam Weinstock, around £73 per m.
Glass blocks bring light from the hallway into the small kitchen
Ingo pine table, Ikea; painted with various colours inc Greek Blue, Annie Sloan; and Yellowcake, Farrow and Ball. Vintage Metal Stacking chairs, £110 a pair, Reclectic. Tea set similar to Noritake Hampshire Gold, Kings and Queens. On worktop: 1970s West German red ceramic vase, £35, Reclectic.
Open shelves offer versatile storage and display spaces
Tea set similar to Noritake Hampshire Gold, Kings and Queens. Ingo pine table, Ikea; painted with various colours inc Greek Blue, Annie Sloan; and Yellowcake, Farrow and Ball. Vintage Metal Stacking chairs, £110 a pair, Reclectic.
The antique Kilim was handed down from Peter’s family; a portrait of Tamara was created by her brother, artist Jonty Hurwitz, for her 40th birthday
The loft space was renovated to create the master bedroom
Tamara created this suitcase ‘art furniture’ piece in the en suite shower room as a prototype with Unsquare Interiors
Previously the master bedroom before the loft renovation, eldest daughter Abby now has this spacious bedroom with a lovely window seat in the bay
Blue stripes painted: ‘Refresh’ Crown Metallic Emulsion (discontinued so limited stock), Maxwells DIY. On bed: Majenta and Fuchsia large linen cushions, £90 each; Trawangan cotton/silk ikat, £230; and on window seat: Api cushion, £65, all Nicky Heard.
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