Pearl Lowe is legendary for her inimitable interiors – bursting with vintage glamour and charm. We take a look at Pearl’s stylish Somerset home and discuss her love for interior design, getting ready for Christmas and why she chose our stunning Kyoto Blossom runner for her stairs.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I am a fashion and textiles designer. I have had my own company for the past 20 years. I started designing lace curtains, but it’s evolved into fashion, kids, swimwear & vintage.
Have you always been Interested in interiors?
I have been interested in interiors since I was a little girl. My Mum was an interior designer and she would often take me into London to choose fabrics and wallpapers for her clients. I have been hooked ever since.
Describe your home. Who lives there and how long have you lived there for?
We live in an old rambling Georgian house in Somerset and have been here for 5 years. I live with my husband Danny and our two youngest of four children, Frankie and Betty, along with our dogs Angie and Doris.
Where do you find your interiors inspiration?
I find interior inspiration from old movies, magazines, books, travelling and homes on Pinterest and Instagram. I am always inspired.
‘I have always loved colour and patterns. I am not a neutral person. I get inspiration from the wonderful colours of India and Morocco. Colour does something to my soul!’
How do you get your home ready for Christmas?
I love decorating for Christmas and the magic it brings. I often ask my florist friend Kitten to make a wonderful garland for our fireplace and staircase, then I put glass star lanterns and fairy lights everywhere.
Tell us why you chose a Roger Oates Design runner? Was Kyoto Blossom an immediate choice, or did you deliberate between designs?
Kyoto Blossom was my immediate choice. I love the colours and the stripes are so original. It also was the perfect match with our hallway paint; Farrow & Ball’s Mizzle.
Why is a hallway so special at this time of year?
I love to make our hallway as Christmassy as possible! It’s the first place people come into in our house. First impressions count. I fill our hallway with foliage, fairy lights and lanterns!
You’re known for your vintage, romantic looks with a hint of rock and roll. Can you share a few top tips for those looking to add this aesthetic into their home, but are unsure of where to start?
I always say to people who are about to start decorating – create a Pinterest Board. It’s the easiest way to get a room right. Before Pinterest, I would cut pages out of interior magazines and if there was anything I loved, I would look for similar.
What home trends do you think we will see in 2022?
I feel everyone is starting to become more aware of their carbon footprint. Since the pandemic, Antique buying has gone up by a staggering 80%. I feel there will be a lot more houses with antiques and recycled furniture.
Kyoto is a playful, asymmetric runner featuring multi-width stripes and is available in four colourways; Blossom, Jade, Lantern and Storm. The design is part of our colourful Eastern Collection, made up of two other designs Kobe and Kasuri, that can be found along with our full collection on our website.