Good Morning and welcome to the Wednesday slot. This week I have collaborated with La Redoute to show you some of the things I discovered and loved on their site. As many of you know, I have worked with this French company before – styling a shoot for them – and this time they asked me to bring some pieces into The Mad House and style them there.
I first discovered this brand about 30 years ago when I lived in Paris, only of course back then it was catalogue rather than online and I think, although I may be wrong, that it was just clothes. Then, about 20 years ago, when I had moved back to London and got my first job on a national newspaper (The Independent) I decided I needed something appropriate to wear and figured a bit of French-chic wouldn’t go amiss.
I bought a pinstripe suit but sadly, as I am not built like Ines de la Fressange, it didn’t give me quite the required insouciance I was searching for.
But it was a thrill to rediscover it some 10 years after that as the joyous thing about homewares is that they fit everyone. And I even found a hall table that was small enough for my narrow house (see above). As you can see it’s a semi circle and you can fix it to the wall if you’re worried about it tipping.
The vase, plate, mirror and candle holder are all also from there. Shoes, as they say, model’s own.
Le Redoute also has a huge range of kitchenware, some of which you can see above – the pink plates and glasses being two of my favourites and you can also get this chair, which was very comfortable. I say “was” as all the furniture went back after the shoot.
I styled the final shot in the bedroom where, after years of The Mad Husband insisting on white only bedding it was fun to try something with a little more character. This is the Jacob set and the cushions are all also from there – I chose different shapes, shades and materials to layer up in front of the pillows.
And lastly I was rather taken with this bedside table with the leather shelf underneath for storing all those books which also, I presume, since there is effectively a roof over the top of them, won’t get dusty when you haven’t touched them for months since there is a long gap between books that are on my reading list and books that I have actually read. Just me? I’m betting not.
Do go and have a wander round the site. It’s massive so you will need time to rummage but I’m sure you will find some great pieces if you do. Or you can just look at mine, which have been gathered for you here.