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Marion, Philippe, Joachim & Elias welcome Heidi & James in their new home

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14/01/2016 Véronique Le Fort
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To start 2016 we take you for a little tour in the Geneva countryside. Marion, Philippe, Joachim and Elias moved to Meinier last summer. Leaving their flat in the Plainpalais area, their new home offers a beautiful space for which they start looking for furniture. Their research coincides with Heidi & James’s launch preparations and we are glad to participate to their move.

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Skipper pendant in walnut by Tom Raffield, square Drainpipe vases by Taz Pollard

What type of furniture were you looking for when you arrived in Meinier?

Above all, we were looking for practical furniture that would be easy to maintain. Without being totally exuberant, we were looking for furniture with a touch of originality. We wanted high quality and solid pieces that we could keep for a long time.

What kind of atmosphere were you willing to create in your new home?

We wanted the house to be warm and confortable. We installed a wood-burning stove and painted the walls with neutral tones. We also wanted to use quality materials such as solid wood and natural stone to create a real atmosphere.

How did the furniture research go?

It took us a few months to find the important pieces that would furnish our home. We kept the majority of the furniture we already had such as the beds, the kitchen tables and the chairs. On the other hand we had to find a sofa, some lights and a rug. The bigger furniture shops did not have what we wanted. The touch of originality that makes an object unique was missing. Heidi & James came up at that moment. When we visited their website we loved a lot of their design pieces but had to make a choice! Eventually we chose the Cement Tiles rug, the Arles lamps, the Skipper pendant and the neon Drainpipe vases.

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Cement Tiles rug version TM03 by Marlo & Isaure
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Arles lamps in mint by Di Classe

Do you generally agree immediately when choosing furniture?

Not always… We have quite different tastes that match from time to time on certain elements. When we agree on something we go for it! But it is not always the case. It is important for both of us to add our own touch to feel confortable at home.

The twins are two years old. Did you have to consider specific elements while furnishing your home?

At the beginning we bought a vintage lamp at the Puces du Design in Morges. The little ones knocked it over numerous times and eventually broke it. So lesson learnt, fragile elements stay in the bedroom. The most important thing to consider was the sofa as the twins climb it up and make it dirty quickly. We hesitated between materials in order to avoid daily cleaning. We eventually went for Alcantara microfiber and are really happy about it. It was not an option to constantly tell the twins to get off the sofa! For the rest of the leaving room, we avoid fabrics and delicate objects.

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How would you describe your home?

It is a practical house, well conceived, with all the necessary space for a family of four. The leaving room, dining room and kitchen actually form one big warm space, which is great to spend time in with family and friends.

What is your favourite spot in the house?

The sofa! From there you have a great view on the living room, the dining room and the kitchen. Settle yourself into the sofa and you can see the wood-burning stove and the Skipper pendant which offers a beautiful light on the walls. That’s the best spot!

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square Drainpipe vases in green and yellow
Arles lamp in mint
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Skipper pendant in walnut
Cement Tiles rug TM03