In the hands of its designer-owner, this former jukebox workshop in Bordeaux has become a pastel-hued home and creative space
Designer Caroline Gomez’s Bordeaux home helps her to master the difficult balance between work and family life. Over the past six years, she has converted the former jukebox-repair workshop into a colourful space that doubles as her atelier and a family home for her husband and her six-year-old daughter, Lou.
Caroline describes the studio as her \”laboratory\”, where she works on a number of creative projects. Primarily, she designs furniture and accessories made from natural materials, but she is also the author of the travel-book series Destination, as well as a co-editor of the French magazine SL0, which invites its readers to slow down and find time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
The location of her 132-square-metre home allows Caroline to practise the mantra of her magazine in everyday life. \”It’s a quiet area situated between two of Bordeaux’s liveliest neighbourhoods,\” she says. \”Life is nice here. There are several small shops, as well as a school close by and parks for the children.\”
Inside the ex-industrial space, which was built in the 1930s, Caroline’s scheme is simple and restful. She has added blocks of pastel shades, such as pink and green, to the walls to delineate the main living and dining areas. White walls and concrete flooring bounce light around the open-plan layout. \”We were initially attracted to the property by its sense of spaciousness,\” Caroline says. \”It was like an empty box in which any thing could be imagined.\”
floor plan places a living/dining zone at the heart of the single-storey,
L-shaped building. This hub has a glass-panelled wall that leads out to a
courtyard. \”We sacrificed some of the square footage on the west side of the
property to create this outdoor space,\” says Caroline, \”and we added a glass
roof over it to filter natural light in. Have a bright home was our priority,
which is why there are so few dividing walls.\”
has partitioned the space creatively. She has hung a simple fabric panel in the
living area to split the dining table from the sofa, and designed a kitchen
that is partially hidden by a half-heightwall -a trick that confines the room
but draws the eye outwards. The contained cooking area creates a natural
corridor that leads to the main entrance of the house. At the other end of the
building are the bedrooms and the studio.
Caroline’s signature look is minimalist and restrained. Many of the pieces in the house are her own prototypes, which she has paired with vintage Danish furniture and classic designs. The mix creates a fresh Scandi-style scheme with a French twist. \”Colour is a common thread in all of my work,\” she says. \”It’s also the theme that pulls the scheme of my home together. It’s a joy to live and work here.\”
Studio. The house doubles as homeowner Caroline’s workspace. The desk is one of her own designs, while the \”AJ\” table lamp is by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen. On the wall are various prints, plus wood-and- ceramic creations by Caroline.
Lou’s bedroom is brimming with colour. The shelving system by String. In the main bedroom, a grey band is painted across the wall in the style of a headboard. A Habitat lamp sits on top of two boxes that serve as a bedside table.