After finding a wreck of a Victorian terraced house in north London, while lusting after its more polished neighbour, Rauter drafted in architect Martyn Clarke for help. The mirror on Rauter’s bedroom mantelpiece was left in the French chateau by its previous owners. The triangular turner’s chairs were bought at a French antique market – Vide Greniers is a good guide to these.
The elegance of the living room is complemented by an exquisite rococo throne; one of a suite of three in the room. Originally from Europe, the chairs were deaccessioned from a museum in Canada. Sue purchased the chairs from a French antiques dealer and brought in Artisan Restoration to restore the frames and gold leaf. Sue designed the gold metallic hand-embroidered fabric.