The front door painted a beautiful shade of blue gives a clue to the predominant colour within Julie Simonsen’s house in Holland Park. “I gave the painter my favourite French linen apron in that exact same shade so he could replicate it,” says the Danish-born interior designer, whose recently renovated home, delicately coloured with shades of sea and sky, is her own blue heaven.
“I think the love of blue is a Scandinavian thing,” she says. “My house in Copenhagen is surrounded by water. The colour blue, in all its many shades, makes me feel at peace with myself, serene and happy.”
Six years ago, Simonsen was looking for her next challenge: a home in central London that she could create from scratch. Thanks to a tip-off from a local antiques dealer, she found it in a run-down, Grade II, four-storey Georgian house that needed major renovation.
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