Pascoe Interiors’ signature style is Mid-Century Contemporary and is led by BIID Interior Designer Clare Pascoe. Set amongst a base of Nordic inspired palettes which emphasise the key design pieces used in her designs, each project is timeless and individual. Operating under a sustainable design policy, Pascoe interiors source primarily through a network of UK and European dealers, British design makers and skilled British suppliers for the furniture, fabrics and building materials used in the completion of their projects and their goals is to deliver beautiful, ethical interiors without restricting creativity or client choice. Clare shares one of her favourite projects from 2016 with The LuxPad…
Project name: Locks End West Sussex family house
Floor Area: 6300 sqft.
Project time taken: 18 months
Completion of Project: Jan 2016
The initial brief, to create a British New Hamptons Style interior, was a more traditional brief than Pascoe Interiors is usually asked for, but with Clare Pascoe’s expertise and experience the style remained characteristically individual and colourful, embellished with quirky elements.
What was the creation / planning process?
Locks Lane was previously designed as a second home, resulting in it having a bland, unlived-in interior that lacked soul. Purchased by Kate & David, the key aspect of the brief was to create a UK family base for themselves, their three children (14, 17 and 19) and Kate’s mother, Anne, who would live in the house permanently.
How did the project go?
The home had been extensively renovated by the previous owners, therefore the initial plan was for a more decorative project based around furnishing and decoration. This was to include a new kitchen and amendments to the lighting to reduce the vast number of 240v spotlights and replace them with subtly placed low voltage spotlights.
However, it did not take long for me to ascertain that the current smart home system was overly complex, badly installed and complicated by an incompatible mix of US and UK fittings. Realising that the original installation was poor and bordering on unsafe in places, Pascoe Interiors sourced local firm Newland Solutions to replace the lighting and upgrade the smart home system to one that was fully UK compatible and remotely interactive. The extent to which the original electrical installation had been badly installed was truly revealed once works were underway, resulting in the re-design works to include a full re-wire of all of the lighting, AV system, security and smart home system. While this caused a regrettable delay to completion, the result is a property that is safe, sustainable and can be remotely managed with ease.
What was your favourite room or part of the project and why?
My favourite room is the entrance hall which gives a bold first impression of the interior, with its faux panelling wallpaper by Mineheart, a design classic sofa upholstered in British wool, a rich orange leatherette ottoman and brass lamps. While to the right is a glimpse of the impressive open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room.
Were there any issues or problems you encountered during the project?
Once the AV issues were resolved the project was delivered on time and on budget.