Laura's Decadent Haven

Laura's Decadent Haven

Liezel Strauss
Dec 14, 2009

Name: Laura Berens
Location: Chelsea, London
Type: Duplex Apartment
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 6

From the moment you step through Laura's front door in Chelsea, your eyes jump from one gem to another. Her home's imaginative and every here and there you find a riot of color in unexpected places. The items are curated with effortless flair and you soon conclude Laura is no Plane Jane but a woman with a love for detail and decadence. She is an Interior Designer, a gifted artist and a passionate lecturer at Central Saint Martins.

Laura shares a home with her boyfriend — an antique photography dealer and together they have a deep passion for the whimsical old prints scattered through their home. You get the idea this couple have a fabulous sense of humor, their nest is very stylish, without taking itself too serious. Laura admits the very unique (and bizarre!) toilet was her pet peeve, but she learned to embrace the antique look. It's not often you find a home where you could linger longer, but this interesting apartment has all the ingredients to seduce you to stay for a while! For more of Laura's illustrations and pillows see Laura Berens.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/Our style: Texture and decadent luxury

Inspiration: Colette

What are your hopes and dreams?: A cashew farm in Brazil

Biggest Challenge: Long distance decorating of beach house in Brazil

What Friends Say: It is eclectic and welcoming

Biggest Embarrassment: Hard to say!

Proudest DIY: Assembling flat pack furniture from IKEA

Biggest Indulgence: Pierre Herme macaroons and John Galliano candles

Best advice: Store, don't hoard

Dream source: Nineteenth century cabinet of curiosities

Resources:

Kitchen Hardware & Accessories & Furniture:: Divertimenti

Accessories: Conran

Lighting: 40's Industrial Lighting

Rugs & carpets: Clignancourt, Paris

Paint:: Zubaran

Art: : Vintage photographs and my own prints

Window Treatments: Linen roman blinds

Bedroom: Volga linen

Desks: Willi Rozzo

Other: Lots of books

Thanks Laura!

Images: Liezel Strauss

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