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We want to live here: Chloe Lonsdale’s beautiful London home

AC195_04_004 copyWe love MiH Jeans. Not only is the cut of their clothes fantastic (I’ve been living in this shirt over Christmas and have my eye on the navy version), but the quality is wonderful and the style just the right mix of timeless and cool. Having started life as a denim label, the brand has evolved into a fully-fledged fashion line that has just launched (we think) their best collection yet. I particularly love this broderie top, these chambray culottes and these slim-fit tomboy jeans – oh and we are reliably informed that flares are BACK for spring/summer, meaning that their Marrakesh style will once again be the jeans to be seen in over the next few months.

Unsurprisingly, the founder and creative director of the label, Chloe Lonsdale, not only has an eye for fashion, she’s also rather adept at interior design. Showcasing the same kind of effortless style as her designs for MiH, Chloe’s house in Notting Hill (which she shares with her husband Johan Quintus (COO of MiH) and their four children Finn (5), Rye (3), Arden (2) and Marlin (8 months) is just gorgeous. Read on for a sneak peek…

Kimono jacket, £xx, tee, £xx, Marrakech jeans, £xx

Kimono jacket, £385, t-3 shirt, £190, Marrakesh Nico jeans, £185

The Kitchen

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“We wanted to design a house to live in that surrounded us with comfort and calm. I wanted to create lots of areas for the kids to play in, as well as areas to fill with all of the things I love. The kitchen is definitely the hub of our home, so much more so because of the Aga as everyone always gravitates towards it. The boys sit at the table with their playdough whilst our daughter serves tea from her play set. We are a family that loves our food so we spend a lot of time here.”

The Living Room

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We use the living room fire all the time during winter. As soon as it starts getting cold, it’s lit. The mirror and leather chairs are from my friends at A&L Antiques and the chairs are 1930’s club chairs that I had renovated and recovered. I bought them as a present to myself when I graduated from art college. The painting above the blue sofa is by my sister Tahnee who is an amazing artist. It’s in the kids play area of the sitting room. The other painting is by Australian artist David Bromley.

Landing

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These paintings are on the landing opposite the kids’ bathroom. I bought them at a Sunday flea market on Melrose in LA around the time my kids were born. They are really cute 1920s hand-coloured prints that we had framed.

The Bedroom

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This is an old chaise longue that I found very cheaply in a junk shop and had covered in a fabric by Josef Frank of Svenskt Tenn (an interior design store and company in Sweden). It tends to be used as a clotheshorse more than anything!

The Bathroom

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The bath is big enough to fit the whole family – or at least it was when they were babies – and it is so much more comfortable than it looks. I bought it from a bath maker in Somerset. The floor tiles are reclaimed, antique French terracotta tiles. I like them because they are more suitable for the outside than a bathroom; I love the idea of bringing the outside in.

The painting is by David Bromley. It was a present I gave Johan for his birthday a few years ago. We have a collection of his work throughout the house. We fell in love with Bromley for his figurative but simple, slightly naïve outline paintings. And of course it’s [my favourite colour] blue!

Finn and Rye’s room

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The planes are vintage model aeroplanes, we usually have them hanging from the ceiling. The chest is from the Golborne Road market in Notting Hill. It is a great place to find antique furniture and always the first place I look.

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Clock, £66, Newgate; Vintage plane wall stickers, £19.99, Homebase; Grey chest of drawers, now £299, Swoon Editions

Shawl neck shirt, £205, Sonoran Pant, £xx

Shawl neck shirt, £205, Sonoran Pant, £245

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