Interiors Case Study: Matilde Mourinho’s Chelsea Townhouse
Like many of us, during the first lockdown in 2020, Matilde Mourinho, founder of Matilde Jewellery, began to properly notice her Chelsea townhouse home. With the sudden collision of her domestic and professional worlds she decided that her personal space should act as a reflection of her brand, which favours understated elegance. This kicked off a project with Threads Interiors (the homeware arm of the personal styling brand) to completely refresh her space.
The vision was simple but clear: to create a chic and comfortable home that could double as a workspace when required. Finding furnishings conducive to both relaxation and productivity was key, as well as creating an effective division of her work/home space so it felt separate yet cohesive.
Charlotte Affleck, head of interiors at Threads, weighed in: ‘The scheme particularly evolved around a few key pieces of furniture, and creating a natural flow through each space, despite having a slightly different feel.’
The designer also added her creative nous to the project: ‘I made countless moodboards, which I think subconsciously took inspiration from Matilde Jewellery and the natural elements, shapes, movements and colours that inspire the brand and its designs.’
The result? A bright, modern feminine home that feels timeless, with organic shapes and a palette of neutrals contrasting with pops of bold colour. Contrasting texture and material, like the tactile bouclé wool sofa, glossy marble coffee table, and polished dark wood sideboards, add depth and warmth.
Meanwhile, carefully chosen artworks celebrate womanhood. The cult-favourite Breast vase by Anissa Kermiche on the coffee table is a nod to fellow female-founded brands and, alongside the Rock Bottom trio of candlelights, unashamedly reveres the feminine form. These candles also play another important function in creating atmosphere in the space, with punky, musky Fornasetti scent.
In particular, Matilde is keen on her Pierre Paulin Alpha sofa, the ideal cosy spot for her movie nights in. Hosting friends also meant finding the right dining table. The Rough dining table from Collection Particulière, seating six, was paired with Ando dining chairs from De La Espada.
For that important work-life divide, the bedroom is a serene sanctuary with the same wood-effect panelled wallpaper from Designers Guild that is used in her family home in Portugal.
‘The key to having a space that feels like a home is tomake sure everything in it represents some aspect of you,’ concludes Matilde.
And this space certainly achieves just that – understated elegance and modern feminity are defining characteristics of Matilde’s home, her jewellery brand, and, indeed, herself.