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.
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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