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a formal lounge for entertaining.
" e owner likes to entertain," says
Helene. "I've created separate entertaining
spaces that all have a different flair,
depending on the event."
Perhaps the most striking entertaining
area of the home, the Bulthaup kitchen
certainly has its own flair. A fish tank
separates the kitchen from the
" e idea for this came naturally as the
family loves the sea and boats," says Helene.
Other entertaining spaces throughout
the home include the cartoon-inspired TV
room and the bar which both sport very
e cartoon wall art was painted by HB
Interiors and is complemented by Zimmer &
Rohde cushions and a leather and velvet sofa.
e bar is dominated by rich browns,
African-style fabrics and a mixture of
leathers, all of which generate the feel of an
" e bar is ideal for an intimate
gathering," says Helene.
Despite plenty of rooms dedicated to
socialising, eating and drinking -- the family
also has a keen interest in keeping fit.
" ere was also some restructuring
involved as I needed to create a basement,
gym and a sauna from scratch since it simply
wasn't there," says Helene.
A fabulous gym that wouldn't look out
of place in a luxury hotel was created with
timber floors, floor to ceiling mirrors and a
host of equipment.
Whether it's for exercise, eating or
sleeping -- every room in this house has its
own distinct character.
"I like every room of the house," says
Helene. "Each time you enter one, it is a
surprise and there is a 'wow' effe c t ." I
FROM FASHION TO FURNITURE
Helene Benhamou hasn't always flashed an interior designer
business card. Her creative career began in the 1980s as a
fashion designer in Los Angeles. Apparently quite a good one
too -- her designs were distributed to major department stores
including Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.
Helene later returned to France and purchased a gallery in
the Paris flea markets, transforming it into a Pompeian villa that
sold antiques. Her love for interior design started here, but her
attraction to the United States resulted in Helene returning to
live in New York.
Helene opened a home furnishing store called A la
Maison on Madison Avenue, which quickly developed a cult
following with a discerning Manhat tan clientele and celebrities
frequenting the store.
Throughout this time, Helene was often asked to take on
various interior design projects. Being easy on the eye also
scored Helene a regular spot on the Today show, which fur ther
boosted her celebrity appeal.
However Helene's passion was clearly in interior design and
after eight years in New York, she headed back to Europe and
settled in London. HB Interior was born and Helene now works
on projects all over the world, including Australia. To find out
more on Helene and HB Interior, visit hbinterior.co.uk.
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