At Home With... Lonika Chande
Mylands catches up with London based interior designer Lonika Chande. Lonika studied Architectural Interior Design at The Inchbald School of Design, working with two leading London based interior design firms before setting up on her own.
1. Home is ...
A railway cottage in Queen’s Park. It feels quite tucked away yet still close enough to get in on the action in neighbouring Kensal Rise and Notting Hill.
2. Describe your style in five words.
Eclectic, colourful, warm, homely and natural.
3. What one object would you save from your house in a fire and why?
Probably a carved wooden stool from Tanzania that my grandpa gave me. The carving is typical of the region and holds a special place in my heart, as it’s where my grandparents lived and I spent many memorable holidays there. My grandpa was always giving us things – mainly newspaper clippings and biros – but this was a keeper!
4. What is your favourite colour?
A tricky question for an interior designer! It completely depends on my mood but at the moment I am really into yellow, from bright traditional shades like Mylands Circle Line to deep Indian yellow and ochre. It’s a happy colour to help us get through winter and we have little pops of both in our home. Our bedroom blinds are made up in a washed linen called ‘honeycomb’ – they’re so bright they make early mornings that bit more bearable!
5. What do you love most about your job?
That it never gets boring: there is inspiration everywhere and in London alone there is so much to discover. It does mean there is no off button – holidays mean new places and styles to see so you’re never fully off duty. I love the freedom to be creative, though it’s not all brainstorming and fabric scheming – like any job there is a huge amount of admin too. But spreadsheets and site management are all part of the fun!
6. What is your favourite room to focus on when executing projects?
It varies from project to project but I always love working on the kitchen. There is a lot of satisfaction to be gained in making what is primarily a utilitarian space as beautiful as it is useful! The kitchen is certainly the heart of our home and where we spend most of our time, so it’s important to get it right.
7. If you could live in any building where would it be and why?
Probably Kenwood House, on the edge of Hampstead Heath where I grew up. It was designed by 18th-century Master Architect Robert Adam and is one of London’s hidden gems. In addition to being a beautiful building, there is a wonderful art collection and the café do excellent cakes! I’d definitely recommend it for a weekend outing.
8. Where is your favourite place to pick up hidden treasures?
I love the thrill of the chase (and the early rise) at Sunbury Antiques at Kempton Racecourse: you never know what you might find. However, my favourite places of all are probably the brocantes in South West France. My husband’s family live out there so I’m lucky enough to have lots of opportunities to visit.
9. Any past/upcoming projects you can share with us?
I recently worked on a first floor apartment in Hampstead – the ceiling heights were amazing. We painted the new kitchen a deep gloss yellow (told you it was my colour of the moment!).
The gloss was a decorator’s nightmare – it needed several coats and took days to dry but the result was worth it!
Current projects include a property in Clapham and a second apartment in Hampstead. Then there is, of course, the never-ending project that is my own home. We moved out in order to do a full refurb and now we’re onto the best bit, phase two, which is furnishing it. It’s fair to say am taking my time with this one but I’m really enjoying the process.
At the same time I’ve started selling antiques and vintage pieces, which puts all those brocante visits to good use!
Lonika’s website: https://www.lonikachande.com/
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