15 Sep Gomm Studio in 25 Beautiful Homes
Our Wimbledon Village cottage project featured in 25 Beautiful Homes
The Cream of restaurant and hotel design inspired the elegant interior of Chloe and Jay Jackson’s period home
Chloe and Jay Jackson’s interiors style proves that sometimes it’s good to bring your work home with you. Their professions take them into the world of bars and restaurants – Chloe on the public relations side, while Jay runs a consultancy for food industry entrepreneurs and chefs. ‘The hospitality world is known for innovative design and some of those ideas seep into your imagination,’ says Jay. Chloe adds, ‘We’ve seen how a restaurant or hotel can create a particular atmosphere.’ So when it came to decorating their own house, the pair wanted to bring that mood of relaxed luxury home with them.
To help them translate this idea into a reality, Chloe and Jay turned to interior designer Louise Gomm of Gomm Studio. ‘We had soaked up the inspiration from places such as Soho House and restaurants designed by David Collins Studio and Tom Dixon, but we needed Louise’s vision for the next step,’ says Jay. The aim was to cherry-pick the trends that would bring a warm, welcoming feel into this Victorian cottage, while staying true to the house’s architectural roots.
The couple already knew this property, having viewed it a few years previously. ‘Back then it needed a lot of work and we didn’t have the time or budget to devote to it,’ says Jay. ‘But as we left, Chloe said, “This is my dream home – just not right now”.’ Two years later the cottage was back on the market – and the Jacksons were in a better position to buy. Luckily, the previous owner had improved the house by adding a loft extension and knocking through the downstairs spaces to create an open-plan layout. However, Chloe says ‘it felt a little soulless – like a developer’s white box’.
To add warmth and character to their new home, Louise encouraged the couple to think in terms of layers of texture. In the living spaces, she used bespoke wall panelling that nods to the cottage’s historic roots, but is also reminiscent of London’s clubs and bars. Then, surfaces such as timber, antiqued mirrors, leather, marble and brass were added, all drawn together with a palette of soft greys and deep blues. Again, taking a cue from the world of restaurants and bars, lighting adds a focal point to the dining area and creates pockets of cosiness in the sitting area and bedrooms.
A key room for the couple is the kitchen. ‘We’re both foodies and love entertaining,’ says Jay. The kitchen hit just the right note: ‘It has a classic side, but the dark colour and brass handles give it a slight edge,’ he adds. The wood-topped table in the dining area is teamed with mid-century-inspired chairs re-covered in a floral fabric. Layers of texture and pattern continue in their bedroom, set against violet-grey-painted panelling. ‘I wouldn’t have thought of that colour, but it’s actually very relaxing at the end of a long day,’ says Jay. Like the spaces of the best hotel, Chloe and Jay’s home combines comfort with creativity. ‘We feel so lucky every time we walk through the door,’ says Chloe with a smile.
Feature: Jo Levers
Photography: Rachael Smith