Todhunter Earle are one of only a handful of design teams to have been continuously included in the annual Top 100 lists in House & Garden and Country Life. Emily Todhunter founded the company in 1988, with Kate Earle joining in 1998. Today, they head up a team of 22 designers, interior architects and illustrators at their studio on Lots Road in west London. Their projects range from classic English country houses to city apartments, restaurants, boutique hotels and chalets. The studio has also produced collections of wallpaper, lighting, furniture and rugs. Todhunter Earle’s book Modern English was published by Vendome Press in 2021.
Where do you live? And why?
Emily Todhunter: I live between London, Wiltshire and the Greek island of Kalymnos. It’s London for work, Wiltshire for the countryside, family and horses, and Kalymnos because it is very beautiful – but also because it’s where my husband, Manoli, is from.
Kate Earle: I divide my week between London and our family house on the Suffolk coast. Like Emily, it’s London for work and culture, and Suffolk for the contrasting peace of the countryside, interesting people (lots of friends from the design world are based there) and, like Emily, horses.
What’s the style of your house?
ET: Our house in Wiltshire has been our family base for 20 years. Originally a farmhouse, it was gentrified in the Queen Anne period and is very pretty, with a classically proportioned brick façade, a stone porch and original sash windows. There are beams and fireplaces in nearly every room. Inside, I have avoided the feeling of it being “designed”. Rather, it is thrown together – furniture, fabrics and floors that work with a large family and country living, which can be quite a challenge! The house is surrounded by the Marlborough Downs and, so as not to distract from these, the curtains and walls are deliberately simple, with colours that echo the outside.