A Stationery Shop Owner’s Contemporary & Playful Home — House Tour
Name: Sidonie Warren
Location: Bristol, UK
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting
Set on the hillside, overlooking the docks and the city of Bristol, Sidonie Warren lives in a two-bedroom apartment in a Georgian terrace in the heart of Clifton (apparently the longest terrace in Europe). Sidonie is the co-owner of the contemporary stationery shop Papersmiths (just have a scroll through their beautiful Instagram feed), so it comes with no surprise that her home is filled with colorful books, contemporary artwork and luxurious textiles.
There’s certainly a vast collection of beautiful things displayed in the mid-century Ladderax shelving system, like the Storage boxes by Esme Winter, Mary sculpture by Alec Doherty, Money Saver by Atelier d’ Exercises and vintage opera champagne glasses from Bain and Murrin emporium. Smaller objects she stores in boxes and baskets. “I pinched this idea from my pal Asit. He reuses beautiful cardboard packaging for storing smaller bits and pieces.”
Other than these quirky contemporary items, her home is also dotted with other older trinkets and memories, for instance the pear wood on marble sculpture by her honorary grandfather Ray Duffy. The paintings of Barbados street scenes are by her mum Hilary Warren. “My Granny grew up in the Caribbean so it’s a place close to our hearts.”
Sidonie gets passed down a lot of furniture from her family as well — she bagged the iconic Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer, bought by her mum from Harrods in the 1980s, which proudly sits in her bedroom. The antique stool in the lounge was from her grandparents. “It’s got huge sentimental value — their house was filled with antiques and housed an extremely well-stocked dressing up box. This reminds me of many happy times. It’s engraved with the date 1897!”
Having turned this beautiful space into a wonderful home, Sidonie is now embarking on a new journey and is moving to London to set up a new Papersmiths. Even though she may not be able to bring her scintillating view of Bristol to the capital with her, with all the beautiful things that she owns, I’m sure she’ll be able to make the new place like home in no time.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Contemporary, playful, an odd mix of things we love. In the past, I’ve tried to keep it simple and minimal but I’m a bit of a collector of some things and I do like to be surrounded by inspiration. My crystals used to be scattered everywhere but now they’re mainly all housed in an old print tray that I picked up at our local reclamation.
Inspiration: The home of Atelier Bingo, Aelfie rugs, The Selby, the interiors books and magazines at our shop Papersmiths, my friend Asit’s cottage in Dorset. Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes, Greenterior and Chamber of Curiosity are particular favourite books for living inspo.
Favorite Element: The view of the city and the weather. It’s mesmerizing. You can see clouds, rain, clear skies and grey, the moon, sunshine, sunsets, sunrises, traffic, people and greenery from these windows. Who needs a TV?
Biggest Challenge: Dealing with the kitchen and bathroom and trying to add colour without painting the walls (we’re not allowed to).
What Friends Say: Nice view!
Biggest Embarrassment: You can’t look inside the cupboards!
Proudest DIY: My draft excluder. I made it from lentils and remnant fabric from Ikea.
Biggest Indulgence: The Another Country dining table, chairs and bench. I found it at a sample sale, which eased the pain a little and, as the chap selling it to me assured me as I handed over my card details, it’ll last a lifetime.
Best Advice: Take your time.
Dream Sources: I was in Australia and New Zealand in January and was completely overwhelmed with their interior stores. Highlights included Modern Times in Melbourne, Douglas and Bec in Auckland and Jardan in Australia (I could walk into their catalogue and live there). I also love British brands Another Country — I love their Two range of bedroom furniture — SCP, TwentyTwentyOne and Forest London. Not to mention Hay House in Copenhagen (and Bath) and Yellow Curated in Berlin.
PAINT & COLORS
Hemnes end table — Ikea
Candelabra in white metal — Habitat
Draft excluder — made by me
Owl Cat print — Sandra Dieckmann at No Guts No Glory. Framed by Rachel Jones Bespoke Framing.
French Tambour — Bristol Reclamation
Table top and bench — custom made by our friend Ted of Twice Measured
Morton trestle legs — James Harrison for made.com
Filing cabinet — Dorchester Curio Centre
Assorted postcards on the wall — collected on our travels
Sunset document holder — Valerie Windeck at L’Atelier d’Exercices
Eden calendar — Risotto Studio
Söderhamn corner sofa — Ikea
Coffee table — the frame was salvaged and we had the glass table top custom made to fit
60 Stool in honey stain — Hella Jongerius, Artek at Twenty Twenty One
Ladderax shelving system — Gallimaufry. You can often find pieces on ebay, too.
Dining Table Three in beech/Chamberlayne grey — Another Country
Another Chair in oak — Another Country
Bench Three in beech/Chamberlayne grey — Another Country
Dylan lamp base — Habitat
Drum silk lamp shade in saffron — Habitat
Textiles on the Artek stool — Bobby Chair Pillow Wood, Lucky Boy Sunday
Square cushion — Tas-ka
Brain Matter Pillow — Hay at Papersmiths
Throw — Slowdown at Papersmiths
Vintage Azilal handwoven rug — Emily’s House London
Throw — Toast
Minimal glass vases — Hem
Minimal vase in black — Hem
Lens pot — Hay at Papersmiths
Idol vase — Ria Leigh at The Primary Essentials
Open sign — I handpainted this on a sign-painting course with Dapper Signs
Basket — Mon Pote
Lace candle — The Primary Essentials
Graphic cushion in navy — Malene Birger at Twenty Twenty One
Wooden hand — Hay at Papersmiths
Collected seashells, crystals from all over, brush from Native & Co, big citrine calcite – good for creativity!
Green marble storage boxe — Esme Winter at Papersmiths
Kaleido trays — Hay at Papersmiths
Celestial coasters — Anthropologie
Magazines and books — Papersmiths
Storage boxes — Esme Winter at Papersmiths
Mary sculpture — Alec Doherty //tictail.com/s/alecdoherty
Wooden B – We create custom signage for many of our interiors clients. This is a sample we had made and had to bring it home.
Money Saver — Atelier d’ Exercises
Patterned bone picture frames — Aelfie at Lulu and Georgia
Mugs — Recreation Center and Risa Nishimori at Mociun
Brassware jigger and mixing spoon — La Gent
Opera champagne glasses — Bain and Murrin emporium, Hay-on-Wye
Wooden board — handmade Christmas gift from Ross Clarke, Beer Garden Co
Pear wood on marble sculpture — my honorary Grandfather Ray Duffy, 2016
Minimal glass vases — Hem
Speckled vase — Colourbox Boutique
Print tray used as a trinket holder — Bristol Reclamation
Marble table lamp — studio vit at Twenty Twenty One
Black Marble candleholder — Fort Standard at The Primary Essentials
Plant pots — various including Hubsch
Candles — Neom, La Labo, Maison Louis Marie and This Works.
Maison Louise Marie No. 4 candle — Papersmiths
Pendant lamps — Graypants at Coggles
Irregular Terrazzo platter by Serax. I bought this pink version from the inimitable Darkroom on Lamb’s Conduit Street (sadly the bricks and mortar shop is no longer open) but you can get a white version at Twenty Twenty One
Jug, Focus on the Past — Bristol
Zero bamboo mirror — Teori at Twenty Twenty One
Crystals from all over the world including Rose St Artists Markets, Melbourne, the farmers market in Montisqeu, Bristol and Brighton Crystal Shops
Espace détente, Atelier Bingo. Bespoke red aluminum frame by Raven Frames
Clap print by Gabriella Marcella. Bespoke black wooden frame by Raven Frames.
Pair of primary coloured prints:
Stack riso print by Colourbox Boutique. Bespoke wooden frame by Raven Frames.
August riso print — Risotto Studio
Bespoke wooden frame with UV glass to protect the delicate riso inks by Raven Frames
Wall hanging — Hubsch at Mon Pote
Frames and mounts — all designed and custom made by Raven Frames, Bristol
Mise bed — My Home Collection
Van print — Hey Studio
Custom frame — Raven Frames
Sideboard — Bristol Reclamation
Pink beaker cup — Mud Australia at Movement Boutique, Bristol
Tanlines planter — Group Partner
Beoplay A1 in green — B&O
Drawings holder — L’Atelier d’exercices
Georg mirror in oak — Skagerak at Twenty Twenty One
Wassily chair — Marcel Breuer
Malibu Babez — Tess Redburn
October risograph print — Risotto Studio
Dark wooden end table — my Granny’s
Billy bookcase — Ikea
Clock — Hay
Spring hanging rail — Fift Fifti
Gaser rug — Ikea
Pin leg plant table — Bristol Reclamation
Patterned bone picture frames — Aelfie at Lulu and Georgia
Planters — Riverside Garden Centre, Bristol
Bed — Ikea
Malm chest of drawers in white — Ikea
Malm bedside table in white — Ikea
Shelf — from my Granny
Landmarks concrete bookends in light grey — Hem
Trio of prints: Weekend print — Paul Blow; Wild Swimming print; Lisbon tram print — artist unknown
A — Alec Doherty
Concrete bookends — Hem
Stop sign — Bain and Murrin’s emporium in Hay-on-Wyw