With humour and casualness, Sharon Thompson created an interior just like her: dazzling, coloured and full of surprises. Bohemian style in its very essence.
A slight difference in height between the living room and the rest of the house, as well as the rounded walls of the main room has some advantages: it brings a cozy touch where the furniture constantly change places, according to the humour of the lady of the house.
If ‘bohemian’ style needed to be defined in interior design, we could inspire ourselves from the imagined interior of the ceramic artist, Sharon Thompson in her ground-floor apartment in Azuri village. Carefree, colourful, electric, the design moves between “hippie chic” and a cheerful confusion. She relies on heather-effect rooms, objects brought from around the whole world, colourful materials, kilims and other ethnic accessories from African coasts. We never forget where we come from…
Sharon comes from South Africa (African figurines, antelope heads in glass beads might give us a hint). It is in this country that she improved herself in ceramic art before settling on our coasts with her husband half a dozen years back. Months after she moved to Azuri, one year from now, the artist lost her husband. However, she maintains this joy of living that defines her character. In her workshop, she still creates crockery and decoration accessories that resemble her. Very energetic and fancy creations that are very light. “Light-hearted”, “happy” are terms that form part of her vocabulary. Despite the abundance of objects and divers furniture, the atmosphere is always airy and sparkling. The lady of the house said: “One day, a friend of mine, who is an Interior Designer, said to me” “Your house is full of stuff, but it’s always light-hearted’.” We would not say otherwise, with this welcoming interior that does not look serious. Where cat heads brighten up wall lamps, jugs and cups. Where the cat – a real one – is very at ease. Definitely, Sharon Thompson has humour and does not restrain herself when it comes to using her imagination.
The artist has an elegant choice to merge furniture and objects that look different, for example, the rustic cupboard and the modern standing lamp. As for the big structure in wicker placed on the cupboard, it is a shrimp crate, found at Yuni, that she intends to transform into a lampshade.
“I am waiting for the electrician to integrate a lightning system and a bulb”, says Sharon (with her four-legged partner Delilah).
“CANARY BLUE AND BRIGHT YELLOW TOUCHES FOR A KITCHEN THAT GENERATES GOOD MOOD”
“I wanted a sharp colour!” says Sharon. The shade chosen is effective and the canary blue accent wall gives personality – and a very trendy touch – to the American kitchen. This deep shade is also used to enhance a variety of daily original objects. Designed in warm colours, they are a creation of the artist, like the paintings based on abstract art.
Moss-green, crimson, purple grey: the colours are strong and the pile of cushions with shimmering fabrics brings a gipsy touch that Sharon loves. “I love fabrics and when I go abroad, I try to bring some back. Then, from times to times, I take some out and make cushions by trying not to really match them.” Another discovery of hers is a unique Persian carpet. It has been bleached then painted in much more contemporary shades!
Let’s go back to Africa with this diverted resting bed. It is a typical object from a tribe of West Africa, the Senufo, known for their quality of their artisanal products. In wood as well as minisculptures and used here like a coffee table, it used to welcome horsemen from colonial times.
The two antelope heads placed next to the XXL mirror are a mockery for the hunters and their trophies hanged on the walls! “I prefer seeing antelopes alive! Thus, I chose this model made from iron wire and glass beads.”
As for the mirror, it was tailor-made by a local artisan.
Dark slate side walls and pigeon blue walls – in extension with the kitchen beside – to frame this small original swimming pool well sheltered under the roof of the terrace. The wall is embellished with a lovely baroque style mirror aiming to create an illusion of depth. The whole terrace enjoys the optical effects created by the mirrors placed here and there.
Moreover, these accessories are all in different styles. Here, the main element of the terrace is without a doubt the leather couch from Joglo brand. Comfortable if you wish to, it is embellished with lovely and colourful cushions which attracts Delilah the cat.
HERE IS A ZEN AND COLOURFUL CORNER. THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE LIKES IT PARTICULARLY AT NIGHT, BY CANDLE LIGHT.
The lady of the house carefully set up this zen corner, attempting to obtain the exact proportion of the elements. Behind the Buddha statue and the solid column in basaltic stones, a mosaic mirror which creates unstructured and dynamic effects
Source: Magazine Lacase no46
Report: Christine DECOSTA
Photos: Jean-Noël AH KEE