Laura Gonzalez's French house is bursting with imaginative details

From murals to mosaics and bespoke ceramics, interior designer Laura Gonzalez’s close collaborations with artisans have made her house in northern France a showcase of creativity, individuality and warmth

A ‘Colosseo’ armchair in casimir velvet, an ‘Ipanema Sunny’ chair in Schumacher’s ‘Tumble Weed Épinglé’ in buttercup and a ‘Hypnotic’ coffee table, all by Laura, are grouped in front of the chimneypiece with a monkey bas-relief by Laurent Dufour.

Jerome Galland

The dining room is one of the family’s favourite spots. With windows on three sides, it feels much more vibrant than a traditional dining room. On a summer’s day, it takes on the energy and scents of the garden. The walls are decorated with a mural designed by Laura, which features elements of Indian art, including mango trees, birds and tigers: ‘Things that make me feel happy.’ She says she particularly enjoys this space in the evening, with low lighting and a lavishly dressed, flower-filled table, ‘It really feels as if you are in India – it’s magical.’ Two muralists from Ateliers Gohard spent two days at the house painting the walls. The couple fell so in love with the place, they bought a house down the road and stayed.

There are other similar stories: Laura’s artisanal guests and collaborators who came to look at a job and stayed for days; the client who arrived stressed and buzzing with ideas, and left having forgotten the contents of their diary and not realised that they had lost their phone.

Also notable is the number of (predominantly French) specialists that Laura has worked with to put her ideas into practice. There is the dining table with a top made from coloured slabs of raku by Fabienne L’Hostis and the bedside lamps created by Parisian ceramicist Jean Roger. And there is the ultra-romantic bathroom, with a mosaic floor by artist Pierre Mesguich and a bathtub hand-painted by a muralist in the Etruscan style.

A headboard in Rubelli velvet and a bedside table that belonged to interior decorator Dorothy Draper painted a rich green – bearing Laura’s ‘Bosphore’ lamp with a lampshade from Casa Lopez – pick up on ‘Shaolin’ wallpaper by Braquenié from Pierre Frey

Jerome Galland

The main bedroom is situated above the dining room and, similarly, is the largest and brightest room on that floor. It has a chinoiserie wallpaper from Pierre Frey and a pair of green bedside tables once owned by the late, great American interior designer Dorothy Draper.

There is only one mistake that Laura recalls. The landing, which now has walls covered in a pink paisley fabric by Braquenié, was initially painted dark green. ‘I love dark colours in country houses, particularly in England,’ says Laura. ‘But I just didn’t like living with it – it felt too heavy. The pink makes me feel happy.’

Where does she feel most content in the house? ‘Always the dining room. I do have a study, but it feels so good to be in the dining room, I always take my work into that space.’ The feeling may well be shared by Laura’s clients, collaborators, friends and family, who might decide to open a bottle of wine and stay for a few extra days.

Laura Gonzalez: This house is among those featured in ‘The Interiors of Laura Gonzalez: A Certain Atmosphere’, to be published by Rizzoli this autumn