Inside the creative home of a designer-turned-artist

At the start of 2020, Sarah-Jane Axelby’s prospects were bright. The former publisher, 45, was immersed in an interior design course at the KLC School of Design in London, and a colourful new career beckoned. Then came the pandemic, and Sarah-Jane, who has Crohn’s disease, was forced to shield at home in Buckinghamshire. Panic set in, before pragmatism took over. ‘Our internet is so bad that it made studying online impossible, so I had to think again,’ she says. ‘I’ve never let my condition run my life. I didn’t want to look back at this mad time and think I’d achieved nothing.’

Putting the course on hold, Sarah-Jane, an art-school graduate, set herself the challenge of producing a sketch a day. The subject matter was obvious: the converted 18th-century barn she shares with her husband and two children is picturesque enough to fill several sketchbooks. Among her first sketches was 

Read More

Inside Creative Mogul Cordelia de Castellane’s Eclectic Country Home

It’s a bit mix and match, but every piece has a story,” says Cordelia de Castellane of the eclectic assemblage of treasures inside her enchanting country house about an hour north of Paris. Although she hails from an aristocratic family that counts numerous statesmen and aesthetes in recent generations, the artistic director of Dior Maison and Baby Dior is anything but stuffy and old-fashioned. So it comes as no surprise to find that her personal retreat, festooned with climbing pink roses and chock-full of family heirlooms sell my house fast jacksonville and flea-market finds, is a dreamy, effortlessly chic getaway.

<div class="caption"> A Braquenié print envelops the boudoir. Cordelia de Castellane often draws at a desk that belonged to her grandmother. </div> <cite class="credit">Matthieu Salvaing</cite>

Matthieu Salvaing” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/ErGD9UgcJEZOWx.8w8ngBA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTg4MS4xNjg5NjU1MTcyNDE0/https://media.zenfs.com/en/architectural_digest_422/9c117a14132a7897fe60f000f3eb1386″ class=”caas-img”/

A Braquenié print envelops the boudoir. Cordelia de Castellane often draws at a desk that belonged to her grandmother.

Matthieu Salvaing

<div class="caption"> De Castellane in an efflorescent alcove next to her boudoir. </div> <cite class="credit">Matthieu Salvaing</cite>
Read More