Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. flipboard Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
You are reading

Kitchen of the Week: A Two-Tone Boot Room in Somerset by Parisian Architect Astrid Houssin

Search

Kitchen of the Week: A Two-Tone Boot Room in Somerset by Parisian Architect Astrid Houssin

June 20, 2024

French interior architect and designer Astrid Houssin creates soft, comfortable, and welcoming spaces with a penchant for playful color. A trained architect, Houssin worked under Turner Pocock in London for six years before opening her own studio off Boulevard Saint Germain in Paris. She’s a Parisian who does traditional English really well, as illustrated in this Somerset boot room designed with a color-blocked wall, custom cabinetry and a cafe curtain sink. The intention here is as great as is given to most well-equipped kitchens, with plenty of ideas to co-opt for multiple spaces.

The boot room is part of a four bedroom country house in Bruton, Somerset of a North London family looking for an English cottage style complete with patterned wall coverings, rich color, and a collection of curated antiques. The previous owners added a rear extension to the original property which no houses the boot room and a small bathroom. Here, Houssin remodeled the full property from joinery and electrical to finishes and lighting.

Photography by Paul Whitbread for Astrid Houssin Interiors.

the paint palette is made up of farrow & ball&#8\2\17;s off white on th 17
Above: The paint palette is made up of Farrow & Ball’s Off White on the upper half of the room extending to the ceiling paint, Farrow & Ball Red Earth on the lower half, and a border created with Little Greene Purple Brown. Houssin sourced the bamboo ladder at Kempton Market in Surrey not knowing where it would end up, but the little corner between countertop and door was fitting for a slender linen rack.

“I had done this color combination in a chalet project in Morzine but without the border,” Houssin explains. “The colors were chosen to create a feeling of continuity on the ground floor, and I’ve been obsessed with terracotta for years. It finds its way into almost every project.” The tiles are terracotta faux tiles, the Seville Hexagon from Marlborough Tiles. “I’ve used them before. They’re incredible and less porous than true terracotta.” Here, the coir matting from Tim Page Carpets is recessed and flush with the tiles.

the quartz countertop is from fugenstone, the french style faucet is the britan 18
Above: The quartz countertop is from Fugenstone, the French style faucet is the Britannia Antique Brass Mono Sink Mixer (for more see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Deck-Mounted French-Style Country Kitchen Faucets), and the sink is the Classic Belfast Ceramic Kitchen Sink from Rangemaster. The existing upper cabinets were restored and the cafe curtain was made by The Harper Collection.
a door opens into a pocket sized wc off the boot room where hexagonal floor til 19
Above: A door opens into a pocket-sized WC off the boot room where hexagonal floor tiles continue meeting Alice Palmer Co. Okra Wallpaper in Poppy Petrol on the walls. The waste bin in a matching pattern and nautical rope mirror are among the small accents paired with a Burlington corner sink and black seat loo.
a custom bench with a shelf and hooks above were designed by houssin and made b 20
Above: A custom bench with a shelf and hooks above were designed by Houssin and made by a local chipper. The bench is finished in Farrow & Ball’s Red Earth to match the wall. Note the door on the right is the same door leading to the WC where the color block pattern continues across the exterior and the interior door is painted in full Red Earth. The cushions are upholstered in Polo from Mark Alexander, an all-time favorite pattern of Houssin’s.

For more English and color-blocked interiors see our posts:

(Visited 5,427 times, 3 visits today)
You need to login or register to view and manage your bookmarks.

Have a Question or Comment About This Post?

Join the conversation

v5.0