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Muddy meets: Designer Louise Jackson

Does your maison need a makeover? Help is at hand, enter (beautifully-draped) stage left Louise Jackson, a doyenne of chic furnishings. Read on for what she's coveting right now and to nab her fabulous interior design secrets ...

Located in the heart of Stow on the Wold, Louise Jackson Interior Design is a bit of a fantastic find. If you need inspired solutions to your home dilemmas, it’s a one stop shop for creating an effortless Cotswold-chic home.

As well as working with clients to re-design, develop and make beautiful their four walls, you will find her gorgeous studio awash with the finest fabrics, wallpapers and trimmings, along with furnishings, flooring and lighting (darn it, just get it all made over!)

We caught up with the talented designer to find out where she gets her inspo, and the inside line on doing up a home like the pros. PLUS – scroll down to WIN! A design consultation and moodboard from Louise worth £250! …

Hello Louise, tell us some nuggets about yourself?

I have worked in the creative industry my whole life so having my own interior design company grew organically. I studied History of Art and started my career in fine art and antiques. However after moving away from London and starting a family I needed a different challenge and went into the world of interiors working for a lifestyle company in the Cotswolds – it was my lightbulb moment! I loved it. Clients were asking when was I going to do this on my own so I took the leap of faith and in 2013 I began my own design studio in Brewery Yard in Stow-on-the-Wold and haven’t looked back.

Share 5 golden rules for interior design?

  1. Always look carefully at the room you are looking to transform. And take note of how the room naturally divides up ie does it have a fireplace? Are there one two or more windows to take into consideration?
  2. Layer your design, think textures and colours, start your own mood board, they don’t have to be complicated but start putting your ideas down to make sure they work well together
  3. Don’t underestimate the power of good lighting with floor lamps and side lamps 
  4. Always buy the highest quality paint you can afford – you won’t regret it the depth of the pigmentation in the paint – that richness of the colours will stand the test of time 
  5. Don’t be afraid to add to be bold to add your own stamp of personality that could be the wild monkey swinging fabric, or a banana candle stick.

Where does your own design inspiration come from?

Nature – I spend a lot of time driving and am very thankful for the beautiful countryside around Stow, the depth of colour through the seasons gives me daily inspiration. 

What is trending in interiors and what’s the next big thing? 

It’s all about rattan! Natural fabrics are massively trending, particularly ones that are sustainable, eco fabrics, rustic textures and prints, think rustic French farmhouse vibes.  Particularly fabrics, wallpapers and paints that are sustainable and fully recycled fibers. The biggest trend right now is being more conscious about the environment in your home, which I adore. At the moment, I love the boho chic natural rattan, and the ‘dried flowers home-spun make do and mend’ look. 

What we are going see next? Classic interiors is definitely on the rise expecting a huge comeback in swags and tails.

What’s the worst thing we can do to our homes?

Magpie mentality! That means buying too many things that don’t have any connection to you. 

What is the one piece of furniture you could not live without in your home?

My treasured free standing mahogany drinks cabinet, given to me by my grandmother who received it as a gift on her 21st Birthday, it’s history and glamour combined. A little drawer at the bottom where she kept her bridge cards and all her stunning crystal martini glasses. I adore it! 

Which is your favourite room and how did you decorate it?

My house dates back to the 1700’s, the living room is the central point and a place where my family congregates so is my absolute favourite place to be. I have styled it very naturally with gentle tones and rustic textures. The open fire place is my favourite feature. Combining a contemporary feel with antiques.

What is your most cherished home accessory?

A mantelpiece clock, because it belonged to my great grandmother and she loved it and it used to chime on the hour, it’s gilt and glamour and totally over the top and ornate. Totally me and I love it. 

What is your favourite colour palette and design period?

Grey through to teal and spicy oranges. Design period would be Arts and Crafts, turn of century 1900’s. 

What item are you coveting for your home right now?

A duck egg blue AGA !

What can Jackson Interiors do for us?

We offer inspired solutions to all aspects of interior design, working with clients to re-design, develop and make beautiful their home environment. Using the finest of fabrics, wallpapers and trimmings in perfect co-ordination with furnishings, flooring and lighting, We work to recognises the needs and requirements of each client in brief and budget from concept to completion. However small or large we work on all our projects with same exact passion, experience and knowledge.

We also have a beautiful store Jackson Home which proudly offers an exquisite and enviable collection of interior design statement pieces. Showcasing an exclusive product range from international design houses, including the luxurious heritage brands such as, Mulberry Home to the new and exciting local suppliers from around the Cotswolds such as Cotswold Candle Company. 

What’s going to get you in a spin in 2021?

We have just finished refurbing our new building this first half of 2021, we are taking on some very new exciting and new fabrics, wallpapers and stocking some other great products from so young and upcoming brands.  

Quick Fire Round

Describe yourself in three words? 

Energetic, Focused & Creative 

Fave podcast / app you love at the moment? 

BBC Good Food App

Fave Insta accounts?

GP&J Baker as they always seem hit the spot with new diverse fabrics, wallpapers 

What’s on your bedside table?

A vase of tulips that I grew in my garden (gardening is a new love that came out of lockdown after moving house and trying to rescue a garden that hadn’t been touched in 20 years).

I’ve always wanted to

Act on the London stage.

Most used emoji?

Thumbs Up.

Share your biggest pet peeves?

That my favourite coffee shop, Stow Town Coffee closes at 3pm. So I cant get my afternoon coffee hit. 

Best gift you’ve ever received?

When my partner Rob, surprised me and booked flights to Australia for me to go and see my best friend who I’d not seen in five years, and he looked after everything at home and all our children for a week. 

Who do you most admire?

David Attenborough. 

Your three dream design buddies?

Kit Kemp, Ben Pentreath, Edwin Lutyens.

To find out more about Louise Jackson Interior Design or to book a consultation go to www.jacksoninteriors.co.uk, call 01451 831314 or visit the shop at 1 Brewery Yard, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1AA.

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We are giving away an interior design consultation and moodboard with Louise herself – plus a beautiful Mulberry candle – a bundle worth £270. To win head over to our Reader Treats page.

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