Maison Balzac

Spending time with Elise Pioch is like being embraced in a fairytale. Elise’s poetic stories are entrancing and no wonder, she’s the great great granddaughter of the french novelist Honore de Balzac. Note the reason her candles, Maison.Balzac (out next month) are named after her family lineage.

All Photo’s: Romy Frydman for
Elise in her bedroom wearing Dries Van Noten, a purchase from her job as the International Buyer at Belinda.

Her candles & essential oils

Fragrance testers for her candles.

Looking so french (her origin) in her kooky Bronte kitchen.

A souvenir from her birthplace, Beziers, South of France where bull fights and indian summer still happen.

On her desk

The Chappelli Bike, a design by Elise’s finance, the industrial designer Pablo Chappell.

Elise found her wedding dress designer, Delphine Manivet, in Paris who gave her this doll after an appointment with fabric swatches attached.

Considering Elise has been in fashion most her life she keeps her wardrobe to minimum.

Maison.Balzac candles in the bottom of her monogrammed Birkin bag from her time working at Hermes in Paris.


Elise loves Thyme (the herb) & uses it everywhere (cooking, cocktails, bath…) even planting it on her balcony in Bronte.

Pictured her beloved family.

Elise and Pablo’s country house a small church from 1880 near the Hawkesbury River. They have worked  hard renovating it into a homely country heaven with 4 chickens, a vegetable garden, a fruit orchard and a Victorian green house. I just adored her story in the most amusing, unspoilt way about her parents buying her a pool for the house this Christmas.

Elise wears Marni dress with jeans underneath, her new look this winter.