This week, Lyon is the place to be! Florence Bouvier, antique dealer in the puces du canal flea market, is known by one and all. It comes from the fact that her business has been established for years, but also mostly from her collection of household linen which she makes herself. Florence has set up her workshop in her home, where she makes her own designs. Her raw material is linen. Vintage linen that she picks up here and there to give it a second life. She reworks its texture and gives it a new, very stylish look. Her house is located away from the hustle and bustle of Lyon and is a little haven of peace, reflecting her personality. She has her own quiet strength. Here, the birds sing and calm is omnipresent, making it the perfect place to recharge your batteries and work. Florence likes to stage objects. From a candle to an old book, she places them and moves them around, depending on her mood. A shabby chic style where linen is the common thread. This mother of three offers us a bit of time out around a cup of tea with one of her daughters.
Florence, how would you describe your style?
I don’t limit myself to one style or decor. I like to blend styles to create something unique. I find in doing so I achieve a tone that’s more lively and less rigid. At home, we have a slightly bohemian feel with antique furniture and various fabrics, alleviated by some sleek components such as the 60’s chairs. Colours remain very sober however: black, white and wood.
How long have you been living here?
We’ve lived here for five years.
Is it you who designed the decor?
Yes, I designed it. It was a gradual integration into my world and all the objects, furniture I adore.
Where do you spend the most time and why?
I spend the most time in my studio because it’s where I create and produce my cushions. Also we have an open kitchen, so with friends and family we spend a lot of time enjoying the space. I like the idea of working from home, the borders are blurred between my professional and personal life so there’s a consistency and fluidity to my routine.
I don’t limit myself to one style or decor. I like to blend styles to create something unique. I find in doing so I achieve a tone that’s more lively and less rigid.
Can you describe yourself in three words?
I can have a slight introvert disposition sometimes but in general I am a very open person. I have a passion for life, my family, my work and my friends.
What is your favourite colour?
White, if it can be considered a colour!
Have your children participated in the decor?
The children chose the colour of their respective rooms. I would never impose something upon then when it comes to freedom of creative expression, even when it doesn’t align with my taste.
Where do you find the pieces you like to sell?
All over France and sometimes abroad. Most often, I’ll rummage around the Lyon area in antique shops or wholesale flea markets.
Do you find it easy to reconcile having a nice decor with family life?
I never wanted home where everything is beautiful but delicate… Now the children have grown up these problems have arisen less. Even when they were small our home was always relatively easy to maintain. Having floors that are easily wipeable and keeping fragile or precious objects out of arms-length makes for a happy, harmonious home!
Your definition of bad taste?
For me, when a home is copy of a magazine in terms of colours and objects. Our homes are our personal sanctuaries where we are free to express ourselves and our tastes.
A good restaurant you can recommend in Lyon?
A great Sicilian place is Case Nobile.
Any Lyon addresses for decor?
A children’s store that is really nice: Serenissime. A beautiful boutique for home decor: Simone Sisters. A pretty online boutique Initial Deco.
Credits : Constance Gennari@thesocialitefamily