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When it comes to famed fashion publications, it’s safe to say that British Vogue jumps to the front of the line. Working alongside none other than Grace Coddington during her 35-year career at the magazine and then subsequently helming Elle UK as fashion director before co-founding brands Collagerie and Colville, Lucinda Chambers has become a favorite figure in the industry. Chambers’ bold personal style is a perfect match for the interiors of her West London townhouse. 

“I think my home pretty much reflects my taste in fashion,” she says. “I love color, print, textures, and pattern; perhaps I am a tiny bit more restrained in my clothes, especially day to day. It’s in the evenings out that I seem to be wearing my sofa!” 

And that’s not a bad thing, especially when that sofa is done up in  a sumptuously decadent burgundy velvet. It’s just one example of the colorful yet luxe details seen in her home. Her furniture pieces throughout display her penchant for patterns, like a bold red-and-white-striped settee. 

Photo: Kensington Leverne

Chambers’ adoration of textiles all began with curtains. She looks back and says, “I know that I started to collect curtains when I was about 14 or 15. I don’t know what sort of house with that many windows I was going to have, but I think it was an excuse to collect different prints.” 

Having spent her life in the company of creatives, Chambers has filled her home with art, including an abstract, kaleidoscopic Picasso print and graphic black-and-white pottery that sits atop the fireplace mantel. The walls themselves are awash in color—saturated red with a yellow strip that flanks the ceiling, or a citron-yellow that punches up her dining space (“Our dining room was painted electric yellow about 20 years ago. I never tire of it—it brings the sunshine in every day,” she says). 

And which word best describes Lucinda’s best advice for decorating? Fearlessness. “The only thing that holds you back is fear,” she says. “You can always repaint and throw another cushion on the pile!”

Shop the full curation of pieces inspired by Lucinda Chambers from the latest issue of our print publication, Magazinish. To read all of Magazinishclick here.

Photo: Kensington Leverne
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September 9, 2022

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