Interior designer Claire prides herself on creating elegant, comfortable and enjoyable spaces. She tells us about her love for antiques and what home means to her.
How would you describe your interior style?
Modern country house. I like to introduce pops of colour, pattern and lots of texture to my interiors whilst mixing antiques with timeless new pieces, creating spaces that are comfortable, functional and above all welcoming.
How do you use antiques in your projects?
For me, it all starts with the art of arrangement. Just a few well-selected pieces can completely transform even the most modest of rooms. However, it can be a daunting task to put together an eclectic mix of items and still create a cohesive look that works without it resembling a junk shop. The key to this is that each individual piece must be able to both stand on its own merits and combine well with others, and ideally be mixed with one or two good quality pieces. These give weight to clever purchases, just like that designer item in your wardrobe that helps to elevate those high street finds.
What do you love most about sourcing antiques?
The thrill of not knowing what you're going to discover from fair to fair is what excites me the most. The hunt for something particular or nothing at all just adds to the intrigue and enjoyment. When buying larger pieces, I try to imagine a couple of potential spots for them. It's a good rule and means you can buy confidently and on the spot, avoiding the disappointment of getting home and feeling underwhelmed by your purchase. Smaller items such as lamps, china, artwork and old books etc are much easier to find homes for and can be moved around more easily.
What does home mean to you?
Home to me means a safe haven, a place filled with things you love and find joy in looking at every day. A home should be a reflection of your personality and a place where memories are made. Making it beautiful yet practical for family life is something I strive for as I truly believe you can have both.