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My Interior World: Pearl Lowe

14th February 2019

The second in my series of questionnaires and I’m thrilled to welcome the designer Pearl Lowe into The Mad House. Read on to find out her favourite room in her house, her worst decorating mistake, and her advice to all those doing up houses.

Who are you?

Pearl Lowe

Pearl Lowe

I’m a fashion designer and wallpaper designer and a former singer for the band Powder. A huge fan of vintage, romantic and rock and roll.

Which is your favourite room in your house? 

pearl lowe kitchen via devol

pearl lowe kitchen via devol

Our Kitchen. In the past we have always built kitchens ourselves & added vintage cupboards etc, but because the space was so large, we decided to go with a kitchen company. I found Devol online and approached them to see if they would help design a kitchen for us. I sent through drawings & pictures of what I wanted & I loved what they came up with. It’s our best ever investment.


What is your worst interior mistake?

Pearl Lowe Velvet va va frome

Pearl Lowe Velvet va va frome

I have had so many! Thankfully only in my houses, not my clients. The worst ever was when My daughter Betty, who was only 7 years old at the time, asked if she could have a yellow, pink & red room. So I asked my decorator to come over and paint it all. By the end of the evening, i walked into the room & nearly cried, It was absolutely revolting. Betty hated it too! The next day he painted it all white with gold skirting, which looked lovely.

Have you ever lied about liking someone’s interior design choice/new purchase?  

va va frome wallpaper by pearl lowe at woodchip and magnolia

va va frome wallpaper by pearl lowe at woodchip and magnolia

Someone once showed me their new painting and it was an absolute fortune, but really vulgar! I had to pretend I loved it, as they were ever so proud of it.

       I wish I’d known …

bedroom belonging to Pearl Lowe

bedroom belonging to Pearl Lowe

How to apply wallpaper, I would saved myself a lot of money.

       What piece of furniture are you currently coveting for your home?

fringed rizzo armchair by soho home at kettners

fringed rizzo armchair by soho home at kettners

I’ve got my eye on an orange fringed armchair by soho home. It’s so beautiful and would look amazing in our new William Morris room. 

       What would you tell your younger self about your future home?

via Pearl Lowe

via Pearl Lowe

Live in it for a while before decorating. 

       Who would you like to have coffee and cake with?

Classical style Armchair sofa couch in vintage room with desk lamp wallpaper by pearl lowe

Classical style Armchair sofa couch in vintage room with desk lamp wallpaper by pearl lowe

Cecil Beaton, [the English fashion, portrait and war photographer who was also a diarist, interior design and Oscar-winning costumier]. 

       What’s your favourite book/film/tv show?

perfume by patrick suskind, penguin essentials

perfume , the story of a murderer, by patrick suskind, penguin essentials edition

Perfume, the story of a murderer, by Patrick Suskind

Pandora’s Box, the 1929 film starring Louise Brooks

Feud, a series on famous feuds, including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

       What’s your signature style?

 

The interior photographer Simon Brown describes my style as Rock-n-roll Romantic, which I think pretty much sums it up.

      What’s your trade secret? 

brussels design market is the largest of its kind in europe

brussels design market is the largest of its kind in europe

Brussels.

Brussels Design Market is the largest vintage design market in Europe. It was founded 15 years ago. Initially it was simply a flea market exclusively devoted to productions from the 50s to the early 80s. Today, it is considered to be one of the best events in Europe dedicated to vintage design of the 20th century. Twice a year, in March and in September, the event welcomes 100 exhibitors and over 7.000 visitors.

 

Thank you for stopping by to share your Interior World with us Pearl. Pearl’s wallpaper and velvet collection is available from Woodchip & Magnolia.

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  • Amanda Worthington 14th February 2019 at 11:59 am

    Absolutely love the kitchen ❤️❤️❤️Would it be possible to disclose who the bedroom wallpaper (with four poster bed) is by please? It’s so pretty

  • Kimberly Duran 14th February 2019 at 11:41 am

    Just love her style (her kitchen is what dreams are made of)! What a brilliant interview! And quite happy to see Perfume mentioned as a favourite book – one of mine too! xx

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