‘Vintage, eclectic, bohemian vomit,’ says Paloma Faith, with a dramatic pause between each word. I’d asked her to describe the style of her London home, and it’s a subject she seizes with relish. ‘I became quite fanatical about doing up my house,’ she explains. ‘People thought I had an interior designer, but it was all from eBay and antiques festivals. Pre-Covid, I travelled a lot and I'd often buy another suitcase to bring back pictures and vases.’ Luckily, she has a great eye for modern interior design. ‘I love it when people tell me they would never have thought to put all these clashing things together yet it looks warm, and like a home.’
This is the ethos behind Paloma Home, a collection that encapsulates the retro maximalism of her personal style. From rich velvet cushions with pouncing tigers, to chinoiserie print wallpaper and bedding hand-drawn with birds in flight, every piece represents the rebellious spirit with which Paloma has become synonymous. Rather than simply putting her name to a range, she wanted to be in control, and proudly tells me that the timber is FSC-certified, the carbon footprint is low and there's no landfill waste. Accessibility was also important and, with prices starting from £21, Paloma Home is a far cry from Boris Johnson’s £840-a-roll wallpaper. ‘A lot of stuff in the maximalist world is really overpriced,’ she rolls her eyes. ‘I often see things and think, I'm not spending £400 on a cushion! That’s outrageous!’ Her brand of affordable maximalism has come at the perfect time because, after years of playing it safe, people are prepared to take risks. Why now? ‘Maybe because we've spent so much time in our homes, we're dressing them up more than ourselves,’ she shrugs. ‘But I don't really follow trends, I've always been maximalist. My house is like a colour explosion.’
Paloma is sitting in her kitchen as we chat, although all I can see over Zoom is a glimpse of the garden through the doors behind her. Hair piled up in a topknot, she’s wearing a Marc Jacobs sweatshirt with Lucy from Peanuts on the front, and is texting her artist boyfriend Leyman Lahcine, who’s currently feeding their three-month-old baby. ‘He’s telling me how much she’s had because he knows I’m tense,’ she says, replying to his message: ‘Burp her please.’ The couple also have a four-year-old daughter.
I have to ask, practically, how on earth does she keep that spectacular home clean? ‘I don’t!’ She guffaws. ‘As a mother I realised I had a choice between having the house I want, and accepting it will be destroyed and dirty, or I could compromise and have it all wipe-down and stain-absorbent. So we have the home we want, with the scars to match.’ If her house was a body, she says the walk-in wardrobe would be the heart. What would the other rooms be? ‘The basement’s definitely the toilet because I dump a lot of stuff down there,’ she laughs. ‘The brain would be the kitchen because I love food. Then the bedrooms would be the arms, because they're cradling and cosy.’ When we speak, she’s emerging from maternity leave and has spent a lot of time in bed. ‘My daughter loved that I’d had a caesarean and was bed-bound for two weeks. We ate in bed, did some art, watched TV… She was like, I don't want you to get out of bed again!’
But now it’s back to work. There will be more acting with a third series of Pennyworth and, in September, she’s touring her fifth album, Infinite Things. She also plans to start a new album. ‘And raising two children,’ she adds, with the slightly frazzled air of someone wondering how they’re going to fit it all in. Paloma says the baby will come on tour and, while she’s looking forward to it, she’ll miss home. ‘Growing up the way I did, from a broken home, it’s always been important to have a place of stability,’ she says, giving an insight into what’s behind her passion for making a house a home. ‘Especially in this time of uncertainty, life can throw a lot at you. Home, for me, is a nest where you can return and feel cradled.’
See the full collection at PalomaHome.com
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Rosamund Dean is a journalist and author, who regularly writes for The Sunday Times Style. She was the deputy editor of Grazia, and acting deputy editor of ES Magazine and entertainment director of Red. Her celebrity interviews frequently appear in places such as The Telegraph. Her first book, Mindful Drinking, was very well acclaimed.
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