We can’t stand choosing precise words to describe our personalities, and for this one, we just couldn’t do it. Alexandra Senes is a...
She has a knack for capturing the zeitgeist and being fifteen minutes ahead of the game so excels in her field. Delphine de Canecaude has it all. She is a tall blonde who looks like a girl, is a mother, the head of a tribe of three children, and also manages thirty-five people and three companies* as well as to plan her next family vacation. But how does she do it? Seconded by a wonderful husband, well-behaved children and an atmosphere where lightness and good humour prevail, Delphine is a model of success. At home, the bias in the decor reflects her character, no fuss but love at first sight for an artist, a line, and a style. We had a very personalised visit of her Parisian apartment.
* “Etoile Rouge”, The Red List and Stella Studio.
What background in interior design do you have?
During my studies at the Beaux Arts in Paris, I worked for the great décor editors. It was a fabulous time. I went bargain hunting and I was in amazing places. Then I won a contest to create a museum in Angouleme and I teamed up with Maxime d’Angeac. It also was another intense moment of learning on a huge construction site. We were in charge of all the scenography and museography for Paradise Studios.
How does one transmit a taste for beauty and beautiful materials to one’s children?
Every child is unique and has a sensitivity to things that is more or less strong. However, the eye is formed from an early age and continuously. There is no recipe or speech but daily things we try to do to make life more beautiful and that influences each one of us.
Is nice decor and family life compatible?
Yes, probably, with a little coolness.
What works, objects or furnishings do you prefer in your home?
To be honest, every object has a story, from the ceramic world map made by my son to the Polaroid Basquiat by Maripol found in NY, through to my large Marilyn Munroe contact sheet purchased at Paris Photo and brought home on the bus with my kids to the wonky antique chairs that I have been dragging around with me for 20 years…
What is the object of your wildest dreams?
A large terrace inspired by that of Diane Von Furstenberg.
Where is it you feel best?
I like it when we are with friends in our dining room library in the evening, it’s great.
What is missing in your home?
Colour and walls like Sol LeWitt, my dream.
Do you have any décor advice to give us?
Avoid the total look.
What is the inexpensive thing of which you are most proud?
My cane sofa is a rare piece that I found that has been completely restored.
Is there a recent restaurant you recommend in Paris or elsewhere?
The Bistrot Bellet.
Could you give us two deco addresses on the web?
Where was your last family vacation destination?
Rajasthan and Kerala in December 2014.
What are your future projects with The Red List?
To continue to grow the community: to move from 250,000 monthly visits to 400,000. And create a newsletter.
Credit photos : Constance [email protected]