Simone Rocha’s London Home
Simone Rocha’s London home is just as fanciful and feminine as her clothing line…
British Fashion Designer Simone Rocha’s London home is a joyful lesson in colour, elegance and restraint.
Rich, dark wood flooring meets fresh white walls allowing the wide array of art, antiques and beautiful soft furnishings to enrich rather than overwhelm the space.
The collection of interesting artwork shows something of the inspirations of Rocha – from a Francis Bacon portrait of William Blake in the sitting room to a giant floral tapestry providing the backdrop to an oversized bathtub to a Thomas Struth alpine poster placed on top of vinyl and magazine collections displayed in clear acrylic.
Flora and botanics are a recurring theme in the family home Rocha shares with partner Eoin McLoughlin and daughter Valentine – perhaps reminding them of their Irish origins, and certainly an ever-present inspiration in Rocha’s fashion designs.
The garden itself, abundant with ferns, climbing roses and walls of ivy dominates the scene from the kitchen and dining rooms, which are swathed in white linen with glass doors that open completely. Rose detailing on the Victorian cornicing of the bright white walls were commissioned by Rocha, and the darker floral tapestry creates some drama in the fresh white bathroom.
The pièce de résistance, must be the sitting room – the custom candy-coloured squashy sofa sits perfectly across from a pair of moss-green velvet chairs found at Kempton Market. There is a quiet confidence to the space, a freshness and energy. Devoid of rugs and layering of cushions, just a beautifully scaled antique table to hold inspiring books, flowers (of course) in interesting vessels, a Francis Bacon painting, a fireplace and lamp light. Heaven.
Now if only Simone Rocha would design a boutique hotel…