The whimsical Notting Hill home of fashion stylist, Caroline Sieber
The home that Caroline Sieber, the London-based Austrian fashion stylist, shares with husband Fritz von Westenholz is both elegant and a little daring too.
The chic interior strikes a pleasing balance between tradition (with references from both their Austrian and English heritage) and a whimsical modernity. You can see they’ve also had some fun decorating their first home.
When the couple found the classic Victorian residence in Notting Hill, Sieber saw potential. A 1980’s renovation had successfully integrated double-height spaces, a generous glass wall, and additional windows, bringing both the light and the garden (seemingly) indoors.
“I had a very strong idea of what I wanted and I wasn’t that worried about making mistakes, because this is for us, you know? So we went for crazy colors and lots of patterns.” Sieber tells Amercian Vogue’s Hamish Bowles.
The fashion stylist (and Chanel brand ambassador) has certainly left her mark: the bespoke botanical wallpaper by Zuber in the living room was recoloured into a sea-green hue to match that of a beloved Rochas dress. Beneath, a pink sofa sits pretty in front of a custom contemporary marble table, juxtaposed with an eclectic array of furnishings including nineteenth-century chairs, and table lamps shaded with vintage sari fabric. The bathroom is perhaps the boldest departure from a classic English décor, with marble and chrome surrounding lacquer-look Tiffany-blue glass cabinetry.
“I would always insist on doing it on my own,” Caroline tells Vogue. “I can dress myself—why wouldn’t I be able to decorate my own house?”
The shocking-pink stair runner in the entry is perhaps the first clue to who was really in charge of decorative decisions in this personal, imaginative and of course, extremely stylish, home.
Photography: Oberto Gili