As someone who sources furniture and props for private clients and commercial interior shoots, as well as styling for interior designers and architects, it’s hardly surprising that Heidi Maude has a beautiful home. Born in Belgium, Heidi who now lives in London with her husband and two children Ella, 13, and Louis, 10, describes her style as “definitely not minimalist! I’m inspired by what I’ve inherited from my family and travels, mixed in with a bit of French, Scandinavian, Japanese aesthetics – I think… I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s maximalist, but let’s just say if it’s had a previous interesting life I’m quite happy to give it another chance! It does need to be cosy, warm, welcoming and not boring.”
A complete ‘tip’ when they found it, the house had to be completely reconfigured to turn it into the family home it is today. “We did a mini-extension to the back, turned the top floor one bedroom flat into our master bedroom, put a new kitchen in and two new bathrooms, turned a bedroom into a guest bathroom, re-plastered top to bottom then redecorated, all whilst living there!” says Heidi. With pieces sourced from small design companies, classic manufacturers, vintage stores and a variety of Belgian and French antique markets, the result is a wonderfully seductive mix of old and new, which needless to say leaves me lusting for my very own home makeover…
“The kitchen is basically an extension of what I did in a previous house (stick with a winning team!) – practical, sturdy, light and airy, but slightly more industrial this time round. We use the kitchen a lot, so a great deal of thought has gone into what goes where (glasses, cups, plates, pots & pans down to the olive oil and cling film) Because I was my own client I knew where and how I wanted everything to be.”
“The zinc surface was made to measure by Tony Galea, the industrial lights are from a German trader at Ardingly Antiques Fair and the wall lights are Agnes Emery Simple lights with transparent shades. The copper taps in the second sink I found in the garden and forced the builders to fit. They refused to do it at first, but they get the most positive comments now! 1-0 to me!”
“The bar stools (top picture) are from Ikea, but since the photos were taken they’ve got company from some gorgeous Cox & Cox weathered oak bar stools.”
“I love a big long table overlooking the garden. I wanted the dining room to be part of the kitchen (so the Belgian Blue Stone floor tiles from the kitchen continue into the room), but also for it to be separate (I don’t want to see the dirty pots and pans when I’m eating). This part is actually a small extension, it was a dark, dingy, wet and mossy patio area, but with the addition of two skylights it’s now a cosy and light addition to the kitchen/ family room.
“The French porcelain pendant lights were a very lucky find on one of our French road trips. The dresser was one of our very first ‘big’ purchases, from Tongeren antiques market in Belgium. The white chairs are from ILVA, a Danish IKEA-type store that doesn’t exists any more. The grey tiles are Belgian Blue Stone, we didn’t have enough so I added a ‘rug’ in encaustic Moroccan tiles from Habibi, another happy accident.
“There wasn’t really a design plan to this room, more of a slap-dash, happy accident kind of situation. I worked with what was there (which was not much bar the mouldings on the walls, the high skirting boards and a very dark fire place), kept the walls quite light (Farrow & Ball Strong White) and painted the fire place in Farrow & Ball’s All White, added a big mirror above it to maximise light in that room. We also replaced the radiators with old cast iron ones (painted in Down Pipe) and the gas fire in the fireplace with a woodburning stove. The existing oak floor was sanded to match the new oak floor in the kitchen. The table is my own design, which can be commissioned…”
“I found the chandelier in Belgium and sprayed it matt black. The paint on the walls is Farrow & Ball’s All White and I had the original Berkeley Anaglypta wallpaper underneath the dado painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray (another small victory over my builders who wanted to strip it all off!)
“Light, airy, crisp, my top floor bedroom is where I go on holiday! I run a bath, switch the telly on for Saturday Kitchen and there is at least one floor between the rest of the family and me, bliss! The bed is an old cast iron one from an antiques centre in Chelmsford, which we had made wider from a king size to a super king size. The low cherrywood table is a family heirloom, made for my husband’s grandfather in India by his soldiers. (He was a lieutenant-colonel of the Indian Electrical Mechanical Engineers, his soldiers made the table for him at the end of WW2) Ever since I found out that the kids use it as a slide, it’s been given safe haven in our bedroom.”
“This is my daughter’s room. We found the crochet bedspread at Ardingly Antiques Fair, the fairy lights I bought years ago in Belgium and the shelves are my own making. They’re old wine boxes painted in various Farrow & Ball colours and inside covered with Osborne & Little, Colefax and Fowler, and Cole & Son wallpapers. They may appear on my website this year if I manage to get enough in production. Loads of people have asked after them, they’re very practical, sturdy & easy to put up.”
“This was originally a bedroom. I had the carpet ritually burned and painted the floorboards in Farrow & Ball’s All White and the walls Strong White (an extremely versatile colour, another one of my favourites). I wanted a free standing bath next to a fireplace, everything else grew from there. The fireplace had been bricked up so we had that opened up – the actual fireplace Edwardian, an Ebay find. The insert was the one that was around the gas fire in the living room, the tiles are Agnes Emery encaustic patchwork on the floor and zelliges (angle grinded in half to fit and make up a brick motif for the insert)”
“The bath mat is a grain sack, probably from some French brocante and the picture on the wall is an old French school chart (definitely from some French brocante). The ducks I think we got at Ardingly for a touch of irony…”
IMAGES: Rachael Smith