The French Connection

Upon glancing around the rented flat that Carole shares with her teenage son, you witness the evidence of a creative mind at work everywhere you look. There are many of Carole’s lovely paintings on the walls. Carole prefers to work with oil on canvas but has recently been experimenting with watercolour due to the lack of space. She has also made lots of cushions for the flat herself, and had a go at some curtains too.

The flat itself is not architecturally unusual, although its location is. Situated above several garages, the flat looks out over leafy Forest Hill, and you can watch the squirrels playing about in the trees.

Nature continues inside as Carole is a lover of plants, and their presence in her home brings a lovely freshness to the flat. Carole has nicknamed the space Penthouse, and it affords a little nook of quiet in the centre of London. Carole explains why she originally chose the flat; like the way it overlooks parts of London, it’s up on a hill. It’s quiet up here; there s just nobody around unless you live up here, and it’s nice and green!

The Penthouse is open plan, but Carole has skilfully managed to separate the rooms and has cleverly used furniture that doubles up as storage.

Carole has sourced the finds in her home from a varied range of places. She says she gets her inspiration absolutely everywhere and anywhere, and goes on to say/ -“We got pieces inherited from grandparents, my desk and table are from eBay, the dresser is from La Redoute – it took months to get it here from France!” Carole also picks up the odd item from flea markets and describes her signature style as while stating that she is not minimalist.

Penthouse may well be rented, but Carole has very much made space her own – “It feels like a home, something that she feels strongly about; attitudes to renting are very different in the UK than on the continent. In France, for example, it is still important to invest in your home whether you own it or not.”

In fact, Carole has recently blogged about this; kindly giving us tips on how to make a rented home feel like your own.

“Heart Home one thing I would say to make sure you get on with your landlord show them that you are treating the property as your home. With respect, and that is how you gain their trust and can paint walls and things like that.” – Carole’s lifestyle blog,

Mademoiselle Poirot is an excellent snapshot of her chic life in London, but she does admit that one day, probably when her son is a bit older, she might consider moving back to France, but not necessarily Paris. Let’s hope that if Carole does move back to her native France that she keeps on blogging, although this time about her stylish life across the Channel!

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