As much as Lou Lou de la Falaise inspired people with her irreverent and whimsical style of dressing, her home was equally inventive. There are rich people who hire famous decorators to design their houses and apartments, but Lou Lou, daughter of a French aristocrat and an Anglo-Irish fashion model, was more personal and bohemian in the way that she laid out her home. She filled it with colorful textiles from all over the globe (suzanis, Moroccan fabrics and rugs, and traditional French fabrics) and placed them artfully in her high-ceilinged Paris apartment. Lou Lou’s immensely appealing habit of casting antique chairs casually around the room alongside wild ethnic prints is perfectly haute bohemienne. In a breezy, worldly way, it is very rebellious. There is nothing self-conscious or stuffy about these rooms despite their grand proportions. If anything, these rooms have the rare quality of reflecting their owner’s life, not about adhering to any strict stylistic sensibility. I love houses like this. Lou Lou inspires me to take my house’s interiors to the next level in terms of color and mismatched, magpie layers of visual interest and storytelling. Dear Lou Lou, could you be any more brilliant? Bravo!
Tuesday, May 7, 2013