08.06.12 Our House: Designer Sam Lennie & her teenage family house tour

Sam Lennie, an interior designer & co founder of Phoenix and Fox,  lives with her husband and two teenage boys Oliver and Barney.  Their house built in 1927, is a family house design haven with an eclectic personality, ranging from a Scandinavian style white contemporary kitchen, to a dark and cosy living room space inspired by the Abigail Ahearn revolution.  The house has a gorgeous flow from one room to another and it is hard to describe how’s Sam’s  style has created such a warm inviting family place to be whilst confidently showing such contrast.

Make a cup of tea and sit down. You could be here some time.


Need to see more. To check out the interview and full tour click below.

We moved here in 1996 and have made a lot of changes since then.  The kids are happy in the house but they don’t care about the design.

We don’t really have a favourite room.  They are all nice!  I guess for me maybe it’s the living room. The ensuite and my work area are really special to me too. My style is not easy to describe but i’d have to say it’s vintage eclectic with a contemporary twist. I do have strong opinions though, I don’t really do matching, or purple, or beige!

I love Jonathon Adler. From a colour perspective, he takes different era’s and puts a new slant on them. It’s fun and funky and tongue in cheek. I really admire him. I love colour and don’t use enough of it myself and Abigail Ahearn is a real design inspiration for me at the moment because she throws out all of the rule books. I saw an article in a weekend newspaper 3 or 4 years ago and I followed her ever since.  I recently did one of her first master classes. It was absolutely wonderful. Interior Design has a reputation of being for an elite band of people and she doesn’t conform to it.

We bought our Buddah in Penang, Kuala Lumpar. There was a little row of shops outside our hotel which all sold bronze. You couldn’t see for bronze! We ummed and ahhed about buying something so large and heavy as shipping would have been an expensive option. In the end we decided to take her in our suitcase.   She was on a stand and we lovingly packed it all the way home but when we got it home she was broken in two. You can’t really tell that she should be higher up on the stand so we never got her fixed. It’s just part of her story now. Plus she looks so calm and serene!

My favourite items in my home would have to be my Hans J. Wegner Shell chair in the living room and my bronze buddah head. She is so serene.

I recently painted this Farrow and Ball’s Studio Green. As soon as i put it up i loved it but sometimes Den needs to see it to be persuaded .I’m thinking of doing the ceiling in now too. He wasn’t sure but we were in a shop the other day where the ceiling was painted as dark as the walls and i showed him. He said ‘Ok. You’re right!’

This photograph was taken in Afganistan by a news photographer and journalist Paul Moran. His wife organised the sale of his images after he was tragically killed whilst filming there in 2003.

I’m a sucker for etsy for bits and bobs. I love online shopping, especially anthropologie and ebay! But my all time favourite shop has to be Liberty. I can also be found down at Battlesbridge Antiques market.

Sam’s Working day

7.15 get up, make sure the kids are up and out by 8am. I spend my day split between working on f. stop academy, an online film school run worldwide by my husband Den. It’s for enthusiastic dedicated people who are doing it for a living to enhance how they produce their video. It’s a technical skills based training.

The other half, I spend working on KLC coursework for my interior design course or working on real design projects.  It’s great to be in a space that is so good for working from home.

You can follow Sam’s online jounal over at brightspace.

And see her new online store Phoenix and Fox she founded with her friend and KLC Design comrade Kelly Sparkes. It’s beautiful, quirky, stylish and cool.

Check out her full tour. Her cloakroom is not to be missed!


Photographs by Louise Freeland. Styled by Samantha Lennie/Tracey Chalk



24 Responses to “Our House: Designer Sam Lennie & her teenage family house tour”

  1. Samantha June 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    I am so excited about these home tours! Love all the inspiration. I’ll be pinning these images on my interiors Pinterest boards! x

    • TraceyChalk June 11, 2012 at 1:02 am #

      Pin away. I can’t keep away from pinterest!

  2. Toni-Skandivis June 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    What an inspirational home tour with some amazing photos too!

  3. tina June 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Well done Tracey. Congrats on your first home tour.

    Sam;s house is lovely. My favourite parts are the kitchen and diner… and there are loads of little touches (the cuddly toys hanging up:)

    I particularly like the gallery at the end to give people the choice to delve in deeper. very cool.

    Great work girls… x

    • TraceyChalk June 11, 2012 at 1:03 am #

      Thanks Tina. I’m working on a slideshow clicker so you can click from one image to the next. Maybe more user friendly?

  4. Sophie June 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    What a great home tour! Sam has such a beautiful home :)

    I LOVE your new website Tracey – so beautiful!


  5. annie June 10, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Oh how do I like this a thousand times Tracey? So brilliant! Sam’s house looks amazing and it’s fabulous to be able to see inside it! It’s so much more meaningful when it’s someone you know too! Brilliant photos. And your website looks properly amazing, you must be so excited! xx

  6. Kimbo June 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    love it! love it! love it! :)

  7. TraceyChalk June 11, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    Thank you everyone for coming to check it out. It’s so great to finally start sharing some of the amazing pictures we’ve got here!

  8. Sam Lennie June 11, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Hi Tracey,

    Thank you for featuring my home, I had a lot of fun taking part and I’m glad everyone has enjoyed reading all about it.

    Your new site is fab, I really like the gallery, it’s such a great element and a concise way of publishing when you have so many powerful images.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the next home tour :-)


    • TraceyChalk June 11, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Thank you Sam! You were a perfect start!

  9. Jo Smith June 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi Tracey, love your site and Sam’s house is gorgeous. Well Done! :0)

  10. Theresa June 12, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    Hi Tracey, I am new to this site. Now that I made my way over, I shall have a little poke around! 😉 Great job on this home tour. I follow Sam on her site and to finally get a look at her entire home is such a treat. I love everything you’ve done, Sam. You’ve done such a great job with the finishes, paint colors, and styling. Your home looks so nicely pulled together. Among countless other things, I think my favorite touches are the Buddha head and Wegner chair, too.

    • TraceyChalk June 12, 2012 at 2:39 am #

      Hi Theresa,
      Welcome! Sam’s is our first tour but we will be posting original homes, rooms, fashion or interviews every week. Have fun poking! 😉

  11. Lauren June 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Oh lovely! Lovely to see your gorgeous home, Miss Sam, but just as lovely to know there are more home tours coming! I love behind-the-scenes peeks like this! Hat’s off to you all for a job really, really well done! xo

  12. Marianne @ Nordic Bliss June 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Your website is BEAUTIFUL!!

    Found you through the London Blogger group. Loving the style on this blog. Did you design it?

    Great photos from the home tour.

  13. Chi @ 106 June 14, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Wow, wow, WOW!!! Love the new site, Tracey and what a spectacular home tour to kick things off!

    Sam, you had me at yellow but your bathroom and kitchen are absolutely divine! Your talent and great eye for detail is evident in every corner of your home – superb job!!! 😀

  14. Leanne June 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Love the house tour, it’s gorgeous – love that dark green colour. And the website is great tracey well done! X

  15. Shannon June 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Such a gorgeous site! This was a beautiful home and now I want to paint my bedroom that moody dark Farrow and Ball color, so elegant. Can’t wait to see more from you guys!



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