When you enter the home of Imelda de Breda, you are totally subsumed into its air of calm and peace. It is only a short walk from the...
She has the smile of the people of the south. Those who sing when talking and who make us want to move somewhere by the sea. Opening the doors of her house nestled in the heart of Marseille, barefoot, glass in hand, Victoire, a stylist and the creator of Monjolishop.com is right at home in her little corner of paradise. It is here she has just moved with her family after a few years in Paris. It is a haven of peace that she has conceived with Christophe, both bargain hunters and design lovers. Upsetting the codes of the southern houses of France, the style they created is more urban than Mediterranean.
In which room do you spend the most time Victoire?
That depends on the season… In summer it is undoubtedly in the garden. For a long time I wanted a house with a back yard, especially living in the South, so of course I try to get the most of our little green patch. In winter my favourite room is our living room, which opens on to the exterior.
What is missing in your home?
I must admit that I am totally satisfied with our house and for me there is nothing to add.
Where do you go when you are looking for a piece of furniture?
Essentially flea markets, the Marseille flea market and Leboncoin.fr, which has recently become my favourite site.
What is your current favourite?
I love photography and beautiful images and have became addicted to Instagram. I love the aesthetic side and the instantaneousness of the application.
Your favourite designer?
Along with Christophe we are fascinated by the work of Philippe Starck and the institutions he has decorated. He has inspired us greatly in our house.
What works, furniture, books would you dream of one day owning?
A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat.
How did you choose the names of your children?
I wanted to call my son Gaspard, but his father did not want to, so we went with Oscar. For my daughter, I was in a fruits and flowers period. My whole pregnancy I hesitated between Violette and Prune, and when she was born I knew it would be Violette.
What is your next holiday destination?
Corsica of course for Christophe’s roots as he was born there and New York in November to run the marathon!
What is your favourite motto?
I cannot remember any mottos, but in difficult times I tell myself that there is always something worse going on elsewhere. I do not like to brood over the little problems of everyday life, I think of people who have real problems and who would dream of having mine, it helps put things in perspective.
A recent restaurant you would recommend to me in Marseille or elsewhere?
In Marseille, for lunch, the pizza at Tamaris, 40 Boulevard de la Calenque de Samena, 13008 Marseille, a restaurant overlooking the sea, it’s magic! For an aperitif, a drink under the olive trees at Café des Epices, 4 Rue du Lacydon, 13002 Marseille and for the evening, an Italian dinner at Cantinetta, 24 Cours Julien 13001 Marseille.
Find Victoire’s online boutique at www.monjolishop.com
Credits Photos : Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily.com