Name: Victoria Jacquemoud
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Size: 180 square meters (1,938 square feet)
Years lived in: 2 years
Victoria is a Brazilian interior designer living in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband Philippe, a lawyer, and their two young children. Their fantastic home is an expression of Victoria’s unique personality and natural innate style.
Entering her colorful home, you will be seduced by the spacious but cozy feeling of the place, in which 20th century modern designs, luxurious textures, and thrift store gems cohabit happily.
Before settling in Geneva, Victoria and her husband lived in various cities around the world. Their travels and experiences nourished her strong interest in all forms of art and the influences of European and Brazilian designers, artists, and fine craftsmanship.
Now busy as a designer and a mum, Victoria has created a beautiful and relaxing home that is always open for friends and family.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: A mix! I usually start with one piece of furniture that I love and construct the space from there. I always try to create a relaxed and heteroclite atmosphere mixing antique, 20th century, and contemporary design furniture with vintage things I find along the way. I also love textures and materials! A beautiful fabric or wallpaper can change the whole atmosphere of room or an entire home.
Inspiration: Brazil—the lush, the beauty, the generosity. Architects and designers like Lina Bo Bardi, Giò Ponti, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Periand Sergio Rodrigues, and many more.
Favorite Element: Wood, metal, fabric—I have a passion for beautiful objects and ceramic!
Biggest Challenge: To give warmth and comfort to this loft-like space and make it cozy for my family and friends.
What Friends Say: They are amazed and intrigued by the wallpaper.
Biggest Embarrassment: I had to deal with elements that were already in the apartment such as the kitchen and bathroom that I didn’t like… as a picky designer, I would have done it totally different. To distract, I played with the lighting and put art in the bathroom to make it livable.
Proudest DIY: To have painted, pulled apart, and reconstructed most furniture in the kids' room.
Biggest Indulgence: Art and books… tons of books….
Best Advice: Follow your instincts, search for comfort but never trade it for style.
Dream Sources: My secrets dealers, flea markets, books, magazines such as World of Interiors, and the internet—Pinterest, Apartment Therapy
- Chairs: Werner Max Moser Switzerland
- Chair: Eames
- Lamp made from the nose of an old airplane: a gift from a friend
- Lamps: thrifted
- Couch: bought in Geneva
- Carpet: Turkish
- African chair: a gift from the family
- Lamp: Matter, bought in NYC
- Wallpaper: Elitis
- Bedspread: Morocco
- Curtains: fabric from MaliMali made by local women in Mali
- Lamps: Noguchi
- Beds: IKEA, vintage handles added
- Antique wooden swan: flea market
- Round wooden table: Les Enfants Terribles—a great store in Geneva
- Metal chairs: flea market
- Bookshelf: antique wardrobe transformed by Victoria
- Wooden birdhouse: INKE
- Lamp: unknown Finish designer
- Vintage poster: gift from a friend
- Work table: from the '80s
- Antique chest of drawers: thrift shop
- Piles of my favorite magazine: World of Interiors
- Photos on the wall: Romain Graf, a friend of ours
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