At home with the editor of Rosa Park magazine


Rosa Park, founding editor of the travel and style magazine Cereal and founder and director of Francis Gallery in Bath, England, knows how to soften the edges of minimalism. His very particular approach to the refined aesthetic is both serene and accessible. Step into the happy Bath house she shares with her photographer husband, Rich Stapleton, and it’s like you’ve stepped inside the pages of her post.

Located in a Grade I listed Georgian property close to the banks of the River Avon, this second floor apartment is decorated in soft biscuit tones. The color reflects the heritage of the building while being completely contemporary. In the living room, low seats, such as the sofa by Danish brand Erik Jørgensen, covered with Kvadrat fabric, help to emphasize the height of the ceiling. The oversized curtains, which softly drape the limed oak parquet, have a similar effect and are inspired by the style of Belgian interior designer and architect Vincent Van Duysen. “I love his job so much,” Park says. “He has curtains like these in every project he does.”

Park’s neutral interiors are also the perfect backdrop for its extensive art collection. The nature-inspired works of Hong Kong-born Spencer Fung, an artist Park represents at the Francis Gallery, suit the serene atmosphere of the room, while a series of photographs by Stapleton, printed on washi paper , is suspended in the living room. In one corner of the room, there is an old oil painting against the wall. “I usually buy contemporary art, but I knew I wanted something from an old master,” Park explains. “This is one of those fascinating, gloomy Dutch still lifes that change with the light throughout the day.”

In addition to art, this house is decorated with pieces that have deep meaning, whether personal or spiritual. Crystals, books and tiny precious objects, mostly stone or porcelain, are arranged in elegant vignettes at every turn. One such example is a pair of miniature Buddhist stupa cones (also known as tsa-tsas or chortens) that were handcrafted by Park and Stapleton on a recent trip to Bhutan. Containing tiny scrolls with prayers or mantras, these clay casts represent a wish for the well-being of a loved one. Engaging all the senses, the aromas are also important for Park, who enjoys burning palo santo wood at home. Originally used by the Incas in purification ceremonies, it has a scent of citrus and pine.

For Park, decorating this house was a quest for ease, comfort and tranquility. Charming each of the five senses, her apartment bears witness to the power of simplicity.

Pictured: Home of Rosa Park magazine editor and photographer Rich Stapleton

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