At first glance, we thought we were dreaming. A second look, and we opened our eyes wide. A third, and our whole body was wide awake. Our senses were on full alert as there are so many things to see at Annick Lestrohan’s home. She is the founder, along with her daughter Ingrid Giribone, of the Honoré brand! A visual frenzy – at the height of its voluble creativity – which, since 2000, has been constantly embellishing our interiors. However, this twentieth-century apartment, with its theatrical style and ideal location (because it is located in the heart of Marseille,) has not always been like this. Its current appearance is due to the way in which, according to its owner, “it tamed me, inspiring me to do things I certainly wouldn’t have imagined, to make a place that would be more like me”. We could never have been so happy about someone not falling in love at first sight! Because, to make herself feel at home, this native of Marseille has deployed a wealth of ingenuity and mischief. By seeking her main inspirations from Spain, Annick had the idea of playing with dark colours that contrast with the light that makes the city so famous. A relaxing darkness that perfectly suits the freshness of the cement tiles and the thousand and one green plants that soar up to the office ceiling as they would from the corners of a finca. For the rest, everything is purely delicacy and fantasy. Mostly craftsman-made pieces, dreamlike brass bestiaries, lots of treasures from the past and others straight from her imagination. Annick loves life. But she also has a gift. That of bringing together.Influences, but especially other people. Starting with her five children and thirteen grandchildren!
Photography: Eve Campestrini – Text: Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily
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