Photo Gallery: Colette van den Thillart’s Favourite Rooms
Browse 10 glamorous spaces.
This model farm is super-luxe.
“What can’t you say about this room? I love its plethora of sleek honed marbles, quiet colourations and classic influences stripped bare. There’s something pagan about it, and yet it’s the height of glamour with that bronze ram’s head cistern. I adore Marie Antoinette’s complexity of style — she loved the grandest of finery and the simplest of rural pursuits equally,” says Colette.
Romantic ceiling frescoes are the highlight.
This is the Pink Salon at the Archbishop’s Palace in Kromeriz, a Moravian town in the Czech Republic. “What I have not captured in these photos is that this room is part of a meandering series of underground grottos and white plaster gardens rooms,” says Colette. “The scale and the movement of the ornamentation is irresistible, as is the use of ceiling frescoes. I’m really mad about ceiling treatments!”
This daring space perfectly embraces old and new.
Homeowner and designer Colette van den Thillart’s London home is a reflection of her signature style: edgy, witty and utterly fearless. In her living room, the walls are striated with charcoal grey and lacquered a dramatic peacock blue to create a glamorous look. Rich green accents enhance the saturated look, while touches of warm white and brushed gold add a fresh and luxe touch to the space.
See more of Colette van den Thillart’s London Home in our photo gallery.
Jean Cocteau’s famous “tattooed house.”
“In the 1950s, Jean Cocteau and Madeleine Castaing collaborated on the interiors of Villa Santo Sospir, a chateau in Cap-Ferrat owned by Francine Weisweiller,” says Colette. “Having worked in this area a lot, I became obsessed with finding interiors still in extant and this was the pinnacle of my search. As is often the case with my favourites, it’s not an interior one I’d wish to copy per se, but there are many lessons in colour, spirit, furniture placement… It’s more a meeting of great artistic minds, a sort of 4-dimensional art installation that stimulates and enthralls.”
Romantic floral fabrics, ornate mirrors and French doors contrast with a bold Picasso painting.
“This is the quintessential country in the city expression — a dream really,” says Nicky Haslam, principal and founder of NH Design. “The wall colour is particularly good, it’s a bit old white, a bit lavender, a bit griege — one of those hard to describe metamorphic paint colours that don’t dominate, but are uplifting.”
Cy Twombly-inspired doorways make the space.
“I’m so proud of this room and if i could show you the before photos you would understand why!” says Colette. “We had about 10 weeks to turn this incredible (but hideous) flat in Monte Carlo around. It was a rental, so we couldn’t actually do construction works. We resported to a lot of 20 minute makeover ideas. One of my contributions were these Cy Twombly inspired door surrounds, which I had executed in paint. They were a smash hit! Not only did they give the apartment architectural movement and grandeur, but they totally transformed the doorways, which had terrible proportions.”
A sculptural fixture is a dramatic focal point.
“All that white! All that chic! All that scale! Nicky’s new flat in London, England is just a masterclass of inspiration. So simple and yet so intriguing,” says Colette.
A canopy bed is a room within a room.
“I have to include this bed for two reasons: it’s utterly divine, and also let’s not forget about creating rooms within rooms!”
An ornate mantel, antique sconces and an ombre wall treatment give this room an antiquated feel.
“I love the grand tour feel of this room — very undone and lots of interesting objects,” says Nicky Haslam, principal and founder of NH Design. “Also, it’s a nice idea to use a table and chairs behind a sofa rather than a console.”
A chic mix of classic and contemporary references.
“This is the living room of a former Toronto home,” says Colette. “It has a lot of my trademarks: lots and lots of bold white plaster, a mix of cosmopolitan and classical references, the whoopsy be-tasselled console tables that I bought from Soniat House in New Orleans (they’re fun and sentimental), the verre églomisé coffee table in that wonderful mix of peacock blues and silvers. This room was cool and quiet by day, soft and glittery by night. Sort of perfect.”