Singer, songwriter and actress Paloma Faith lives in London with her partner Leyman Lahcine and their two children.
What’s your favourite time of day at home?
I love the morning – everyone leaves me alone and I can just cuddle my kids in bed and have breakfast with them and no-one is asking me any questions. If I’ve been with them all day, then my favourite time is at 7.30pm, when they’re both in bed!
What’s on your bedside table?
Two books I’m dying to read, Motherhood: A Manifesto by Eliane Glaser and Real Estate by Deborah Levy. I’ve just given birth and something happens to your brain when you do – a combo of trauma and sleepless nights – that makes it hard to concentrate on a book… I’ll get around to them soon!
Are you a neat freak or do you prefer creative chaos?
There’s so much beauty in chaos. The Paloma Home range embodies my chaotic maximalist taste, it’s everything I like to be surrounded by.
With a mum who loved the clean ’60s minimalist aesthetic (all white and modern), my style is entirely the opposite, which I think is my decadent (and slightly cluttered) rebellion!
What’s your home addiction?
Anything vintage or antiques. I’m totally addicted to antiques markets like Ardingly, and thrift stores when travelling around America, as well as eBay – I managed to do my house up entirely using second-hand pieces.
I’m a sucker for a bargain. I often impulsively buy things without there being an obvious space for them within my home, however I always seem to make them work!
Is your home colourful or all about neutral shades?
Colour, colour, colour! I dress a room as I dress myself. I often start with one thing, with any outfit you might start with a pair of shoes, with a room you could use a chair or cushion.
A fearlessness of colour is important. Growing up we didn’t always have a lot of money, but my mum did always prioritise new cushion covers – and things felt brand new.
What’s your favourite chore?
I absolutely love to cook for my friends and family – I just wish I had more time to do so. I really love to host. It was my birthday recently and I hosted a party for 50 people – it was so liberating.
What is the first thing you do the second you walk through your front door?
Take off my shoes, wash my hands, then hug my kids!
Where’s your happy place at home?
Probably my wardrobe room – it’s what I call the heart of the house. It’s a small space but it has tons of storage with all my costumes and wigs. It’s an escape!
Do you tend to have music on at home in the background or do you prefer peace and quiet?
Weirdly I have a very quiet home. I rarely play music and I enjoy the sound of the birds. There are a lot of birds where I live in Hackney! I like to escape what is essentially a noisy life.
WHat do you miss most about your home when you’re away?
My family! Work means I’m often away travelling either touring or filming, so anytime I spend with my kids and partner at home is so special.
Quick fire questions with Paloma Faith
1. Shoes – On or off? On.
2. Eat – table or on laps? Table with the kids.
3. Lighting – bright or moody? Moodily lit.
4. Quick shower or long bath? Long bath – if I have the time.
5. Room decor – colourful or neutral? Colourful of course!
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