At home with Alexandra Childs

At home with Alexandra Childs

Alexandra is the founder of Studio Alexandra and strives to create interiors that have a gentle impact on the environment. She tells us what she enjoys most about sourcing antiques.

How would you describe your interiors style?

Having worked with lots of different clients with very differing styles and tastes over the years, I find that they have left little imprints of their aesthetics on me. I can feel truly inspired by a rustic farmhouse in Normandy with paired back schemes and minimal antique furniture, or the use of bold colour and modernist architecture like that of Luis Barragan.

How do you use antiques in your projects? 

We try to use antiques wherever we can and enjoy sourcing furniture to reupholster. I like to mix old and new, but the key is quality and longevity if we’re buying new items. The good thing about antiques is that they’ve already had many lives and I love seeing them be regenerated and brought into a new phase with a little love and attention.

What do you love most about sourcing antiques? 

Finding the golden egg! It’s always so satisfying when you are sourcing for something so specific and you eventually find it. We lived in Paris for four years until 2022 and I just loved where antique shopping would take me; the people I’d meet and the random treasures I’d find. It makes you realise how much stuff is already in the world, so we should try and make good use of it.

What does home mean to you? 

Warmth, cosiness and relaxation. Probably compromise too. Your home should reflect the people who are living in it. Everyone should feel like they belong in the space, which means everyone should get a say in how it looks. Speaking from experience, I know that sometimes this can be hard. 

Photography by Finn Studio

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