Wacky and wonderful
In fish-scale frock and Snoopy suit, Charlotte and Philip Colbert rock a strong and highly individual look, as does their home in Jesus Green, near Bethnal Green.
Pictures by Adrian Lourie
This bright blue figure by the late French sculptor and painter Niki de Saint Phalle is among the Colberts' most treasured artworks and sits perfectly among eye-catching pieces that reflect the eclecticism of their combined tastes.
Mexican rugs, gramophones and antiques adorn the master bedroom while trinkets from the couple's travels fill shelves and walls. There are two more bedrooms and the Colberts created mezzanine levels with "sleepover" pods for after-parties, or to serve as reading nooks.
Sit on a prickly pair
Friends Alfred and Tess from furniture maker The London Workshop created many of the original pieces. Their cactus and lobster-shaped chairs (left), are a bit of fun, while the design for a paint palette table (right) was conceived from sketches made "while eating slices of toast at breakfast".
The kitchen opens on to Charlotte's beloved conservatory, filled with beautiful plants and a dining table. Reclaimed floorboards have been used on the conservatory walls.
Peeling back layers of wallpaper revealed newspaper cuttings and colour - a kind of Thirties yellow. "We left the rest as apparent plaster." The walls shaped the colour scheme and provide the perfect backdrop to bold furnishings and artworks.
Charlotte and Philip are huge fans of Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, recommending it as the go-to place for plants for their small walled garden (left) and the charming conservatory (right).
At the surreal seaside
Philip and Charlotte have kitted out their living room with a shark chair, designed by Philip, a yellow submarine-style sofa and a giant popcorn stand, in which the television set is hidden.