Jigsaw Interior Architecture was commissioned by private clients to update the decoration and furnishings of their holiday home on Sandbanks. The brief was to provide a full interior design scheme that would be stylish and also practical for family life, with a predominantly neutral colour palette. It was important that the scheme felt fresh and modern, but that it would also complement the original architectural style and grandeur of the house.
Initially Jigsaw Interior Architecture was able to provide a temporary furniture rental package for the clients to ensure that they were able to enjoy the property with their family for the interim months whilst the permanent scheme was designed, approved and installed.
Jigsaw Interior Architecture selected a palette of muted greys, taupe and off white to create a serene feel for the home, that wouldn’t detract from the exceptional backdrop and setting of Poole Harbour, with the focus on a variety of natural materials and contrasting textures to convey a sense of modern luxury.
One of the most striking design features within the house is the grouping of pendant lights in the double height entrance hallway by Arturo Alvarez. These pendants have an ethereal and delicate quality and are made from a fine wire mesh which glows beautifully when lit from within and evokes the idea of different shaped corals.
The family room, formal living and dining rooms facing the sea are connected through pocket doors with the option to create one open space. Keeping this in mind, Alix Roman, Jigsaw Interior Architecture’s Interior Designer for the project, wanted to strengthen the relationship between these connecting rooms through the continuity of materials used within the décor. In the family and dining rooms large sisal rugs zone the spaces and provide sumptuous texture and practical floor covering. In the living room an oversized hand-woven rug, made in Nepal by Jacaranda Carpets,
matches the sisal ones in colour tone, whilst adding a luxurious dimension with its silky finish. Throughout these three main living areas Jigsaw Interior Architecture selected muted linens for upholstery, rich velvets to cover the large ottomans and furnishings in washed oak which give a nod to the coastal setting. Accent pieces of furniture in black ground the neutral scheme and scatterings of Carrera marble, draped sheepskins, distressed finish mirrors and salvaged pots create a layered, textural and tactile quality to the interior.
Throughout the ground floor there are little subtle pops of colour to break up the neutral scheme within the scatter cushions, artwork and upholstery.
The house’s existing dated, dark joinery was removed from the television room, opening it up to provide enough space for a large wrap around sofa in a grey brushed cotton; perfect for the entire family to comfortably watch movies on. A rectangular ottoman in a hardwearing, yet luxurious, nubuck effect fabric is large enough to be used as a footrest for anyone in any of the seats. A washed oak wrap around table sits on rollers above so it can be moved along the length of the ottoman for drinks and popcorn.
To infuse a sense of serenity and calm within the house diverse textures are juxtaposed rather than using pattern and bright colours. All walls were papered in various textured wallpapers replicating linens, silks and grass-cloth.
Jigsaw Interior Architecture is always a keen champion of excellent home-grown design and feature lighting from British brand Tigermoth Lighting was used in the dining room, where one of their breath-taking chainmail chandeliers provides a modern twist on luxury lighting. Tigermoth Lighting’s silk, double stem wall lights were used in the hallways where they create an ambient glow against the grass-cloth effect wallpaper.
In the children’s bedrooms the overall feeling is light and airy, the main décor of the rooms being neutral and futureproofed, with an emphasis on playful accessories, lighting and artwork adding the sense of fun.
Welcoming statues of Ganesh and Buddha along with several items of mother of pearl inlay furniture throughout the house reflect the client’s cultural heritage.