It’s not surprising that it’s the kitchen that takes pride of place in the home of La Petite Maison’s general manager. The open-plan layout of his loft-style apartment, which he shares with his wife and Chihuahua, means the ultra-modern kitchen, with its black glossy surfaces, runs seamlessly into the shabby-chic lounge and dining area – the perfect set-up for the Toussaints to indulge in their love of cooking.
The unusual duplex, while very modern, is full of character and reflective of the couple’s love of travel. “We mix pieces from flea markets, small boutiques and unique pieces we find when we travel,” he says.
Among his most treasured items are a 30-piece Matrioska Russian doll that he bought in a small flea market only last year from just outside Moscow, and an old red Chesterfield armchair that he discovered in a second-hand shop in London.
“I also think that a stylish home is a home that shows it is lived in and has a personality and a soul. If that means it’s a bit messy or too colourful, then so be it,” says Cedric.