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onefinestay homes owned by interior designers

Beautiful as they are unique, it might come as no surprise to learn that many of our homes are owned by celebrated interior designers. 

Susan Taylor always wanted to be an interior designer so she decided to move to LA and follow her dream. "We started over and now my husband writes movies and I design houses," says Susan. Her family home in West Hollywood is an original craftsman cottage built in 1918. “Being a design and architecture junkie I fell in love with the quality and thoughtfulness of the craftsmanship. These houses are like gorgeous little gems.” says Susan. Her home’s elegantly furnished living areas are given character by a diverse collection of travel souvenirs and artworks, including several Peter Beards, Tim Halls and a Matisse.

​At Rue Quincampoix, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into a museum. Owned by John Coury and Florent Maillard of CM Studio Paris, this 17th century home was built at the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV.  Every opulent room is furnished with a wealth of museum-worthy antiques and artworks carefully chosen by its discerning designers, such as the Italian Renaissance paintings and the contemporary Shen Wei piece that hangs above the master bed. “We meticulously curate antique and decorative pieces – an approach which requires much patience and diligent searching for just the right piece to fit into a space, to create the effect which we have visualised.” said John in an interview with Architectural Digest. ​

British designer Sam Godsal enjoys balancing subtle colours with beautiful original details, vintage pieces and bold artworks. His four bedroom Notting Hill home is sophisticated, yet welcoming with flashes of pastel colour and patterned accessories. We simply adore Sam’s take on English elegance and his use of powdery pinks - as do our guests. It’s easy to spot his signature style - just take a look at his family’s hotel in Barbados.

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Colour therapy 

Choosing appropriate tones for a home is an important aspect of interior design. Warm colours, like red, orange and yellow, can energise a space and its guests. Cool tones such as blue, green and purple, generally create quiet, relaxing atmospheres. Whatever your desired effect, it’s all about getting the balance just right.

We spoke with Rinat Lavi, a New York-based interior designer and expert in colour therapy to see what she thought about these two charactful onefinestay homes. 

“Shades of coral in a space will enhance the skin tone and make everyone’s complexion glow. It’s no wonder these colours are often used in beauty salons, but they’re also perfect for a bedroom. Who doesn’t like waking up with beautiful skin?”

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​“In order to balance a room with a lot of wood (think not only furniture, but also floors and even coffered ceilings), we need a colour with a blue undertone to create a ‘cool’ visual harmony against the warmth of the wood tones. This will help raise the mood in the space, without losing any of its cosiness.” 

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