Christina White had worked on her first project with the same client 12 years ago but on this occasion the commission was for something totally different – less traditional.
“This time they wanted to change to a more modern style,” recalls Christina, “but it still had to be cosy and feel like a home, as the client is very family oriented.” This was a challenge for The White House team, “because modern can very easily look cold”, but they were more than equal to the task.
The house was quite white, so they decided to “warm it up” with touches of gold, natural wood, sisal, wicker, hemp, plants and wallpapers made out of waterlily, shells and stones. The colours are extremely natural – with sand, stone and plenty of textures – and the fireplace is covered with flexible stone.
“It is one thing to have an idea of how you want to do everything,” says Christina, “but without talented people helping you realise these ideas you are nothing. I am lucky to have a wonderful young assistant, Lovisa Johansson, who has helped a lot to fulfil what I envisaged.”
The White House used several brands for different areas of the home. Belgian company Sempre supplied a big chunky dining table, as well as the huge baskets, crystal vases and a bucket chair – all found by Christina at the Maison & Objet exhibition in Paris.
The funky little mushroom-shaped side tables in the living room and crystal consol table in the hallway came from Cattelan Italia; Elite to Be provided the metal coffee table in front of the fireplace and Catellani & Smith the golden lamp on the stairwell; the wallpapers are from Omexco; and much of the furniture was made by “my wonderful carpenter Paco”. The fabrics came from various sources, including Dedar, Wind, Güell/Les Creations, James Malone and Colefax and Fowler.
The White House
Urb. Marbella Real, Local 19, Marbella
Tel. (+34) 952 902 613 / 620 055 640