In conversation with Audrey Chamoret Devergne
You are a decoration addict,
but once you’ve closed aside your favorite magazine,
how to adapt the precepts of the experts at home?
Here are some of our favourite personalities who have
been kind enough to share this vision of interior design.
With generosity, they indulge you with their choices,
share tips and inspiring advice.
Today we talk to
Audrey Chamoret Devergne
Audrey, can you introduce yourself?
I’m from Paris, an entrepreneur and a mother. I like beauty, places, travel, life, people! I have always been an observer, trying to make sense of the world from an aesthetic point of view.
Your interior decorating mantra?
I am a conservationist! I like to preserve the spirit of a place so that my work becomes part of the ongoing story rather than a rupture or a break in the chain.
What do you think of the concept of good taste?
Je suis du genre à voir du beau partout mais le désordre me fait mal aux yeux !
If you were a room in the house?
The entrance hall. It sets the tone, welcomes you in and provides a foretaste of the rest of the house.
The top 3 things on your bucket list
If you were an artist?
I adore Klimt and in particular the way he mixed colour and gold in a very art deco way. I find his work deeply decorative and architectural.
To completely restore and decorate a 19th century château.
Your current obsession?
Art deco. It’s not so much a current as an on going obsession!
Can you describe your career path?
I have two degrees, one in French literature and the other in business law. At the age of 30 I decided on a career in interior design after an initial foray into the law. I created Atelier Devergne in 2017 and very quickly had so many projects that I employed one, then two, and now five people! So today I head up a wonderful team working (for now) with mainly private clients on increasingly large-scale and beautiful projects. I say ‘for now’ as I would love to do some commercial projects too.
How would you define your style?
Warm, quite eclectic, comfortable, colourful and soothing at the same time. I have a visceral need to show the hand of time in the places and objects I work on. I like to read and tell a story.
Your favourite type of building or space?
One that has remained unchanged for many, many years, definitely!
How do you create definition
WIth rugs – moldavian ones in particular – and cushions. For me, textiles of all types are the cherry on the cake.
How do you create cadence and rhythm in a design scheme?
Through colour, contrast, by placing different textures side by side, and by creating perspectives
Light, dark or chiaroscuro?
Chiaroscuro because you need both light and dark to create a sense of balance. I am a great believer in the notion of balance in decorating.
Muted palettes or an explosion of colour?
Again, I would say a mix of the two. I adore colour but it mustn’t be allowed to dominate and create a sense of imbalance. There is a place for everything and colour mustn’t take over a space.
curtains, rugs, cushions and all the details that really ‘finish’ an interior. So, a lamp, small objects, a vase filled with dried flowers…
Nature should be brought into an interior. Plants and flowers are vital when it comes to creating a cosy, serene cocoon where you can feel comfortable.
Your top decorating tip?
Mix different styles in a way that surprises and is different to what one would expect.
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