Sunday, 9 December 2007

Paint & Paper Library

Habitually Chic posted this week about the launch of the new book "Paint and Paper: In Decoration" by fellow aussie David Oliver, founder of the Paint and Paper Library. I've had these tear sheets of the London home he shares with his wife and business partner Sophie, for 4 years. I've been meaning to post them because their living room is still one of my favorites, so now I have a great excuse to share them with you.

In 1996, from their Chelsea apartment basement, David and Sophie developed a range of paint colours that they hoped would reflect the 20th century. They very quickly developed a following by local designers and in 1998 they introduced a range of wallpapers they had designed, along with designs by Emily Todhunter and Neisha Crosland. Needless to say, neither of them knew they were creating what would be a leading company in the international interior design scene.

These interior shots are of the victorian terrace house they renovated and restored over a two-year period, that they now share with their two children (Edward and Cosmo) in West London.


The 70's sofa in their living room was a hand me down from Sophie's parents. Regency style armchairs to the right are covered in fabric remnants David had found years before.


A little difficult to see in these pictures, but the wallpaper and rug motif are the same, "Liberation", which was designed by David.


Sitting on top of the side table by Ashley Hicks is a glass match-stick striker (similar ones available from Nina Campbell).

This living room is still one of my favorites. The combination of colours and furniture styles is so warm and inviting. It has a range of historical references as well as many personal touches that make this ultimately a wonderful family home.


Wallpaper panels are Neisha Crosland's "Willow". The Art Deco desk and 60's pewter desk-set add character to their study.


All images from Vogue Living (Australia) August/September 2003. More images can be found on the Paint & Paper Library website - here.

7 comments:

Habitually Chic said...

Thanks so much for sharing there! His home is so beautiful. I'm also glad I'm not the only one who holds on to tear sheets for more than four years!

P.S. David Oliver emailed me and I shared your post with him!

Anna said...

Wow - I love the look of that coffee table - do you think it is silver or pressed metal?
XO
Anna

BTW - I'd love to see an entry from you in the ABT Christmas Competition Suzy!!!LOL!
XO
Anna

Suzy said...

Thanks HC! David - if you're reading this...sorry for the rather dated information!

Suzy said...

Hi Anna, I think its pressed metal, and its actually a desk - quite lovely don't you think!?
We don't even have a tree up at our place this year, so an entry from me probably won't be happening...maybe next year?

Cote de Texas said...

So beautiful and serene. My favorite? the drapery! I just love the look of it.

Joni

Suzy said...

Me too Joni, I've always loved silk drapes, they always look luxurious to me.

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