Jade Jag­ger’s post­card-per­fect home on the Spanish is­land of For­mentera is made for re­lax­ation

Jade Jag­ger was in­tro­duced to For­mentera, the small­est of Spain’s Balearic is­lands in the Mediter­ranean, by author and artist Hjordis Fo­gel­berg, who grew up on nearby Ibiza. And when she ar­rived by boat, back in 2000, Jade couldn’t be­lieve the un­touched is­land was so close to its in­fa­mous party-cen­tric neigh­bour.

“It seemed like a fan­tasy is­land that I didn’t even know ex­isted,” says Jade, the only daugh­ter of Rolling Stones leg­end Mick Jag­ger’s mar­riage to Bianca Jag­ger. “It was so wild and un­touched.” Fol­low­ing that ini­tial visit, she re­turned to For­mentera reg­u­larly from her Lon­don home, of­ten bring­ing her daugh­ters – As­sisi, now 26, and Amba, now 22 – with her, camp­ing on the se­cluded beach. “We would bar­be­cue meals as the sun set,” she says, “and we’d of­ten come in win­ter and go for long walks through the large stones up by the light­houses.”

It made sense then, that when a run-down, ram­bling 1950s house be­came avail­able on the is­land just four years ago, Jade and her hus­band Adrian Fil­lary snapped it up. It was the same year their son Ray Em­manuel was born, so the de­sire for a pri­vate es­cape had reached a new high.

“I think ev­ery house I’ve ever bought has been run-down,” says Jade, who has es­tab­lished her own pro­fes­sional cre­den­tials as a jew­ellery de­signer, model and, most re­cently, in­te­rior de­signer. “This For­mentera house was stuck in its past. The owner had built it un­der the Franco regime and it had not been up­dated one bit, not even the electrics or the wa­ter pipes. It just had that his­tor­i­cal am­bi­ence. The in­te­rior hadn’t been touched for years, which gave us a chance to not only see how the ex­posed en­vi­ron­ment a ected the in­te­rior but also im­pose our taste on a ren­o­va­tion. I loved its feel – pock­ets of pri­vacy ev­ery­where, and a rooftop ter­race from which to en­joy the view.”

Her pre­vi­ous homes were the stu of rock ’n’ roll in­dul­gence, but this time Jade wanted to main­tain the nat­u­ral vibe of the is­land, which is just over 80 square kilo­me­tres in size and has a per­ma­nent pop­u­la­tion of around 12,000. She set about fill­ing the space with pieces in­spired by the nat­u­ral sur­rounds.

“We re­ally wanted to keep things sim­ple – fabrics from In­dia, hard­wood four-poster beds and un-pre­cious fur­ni­ture made in the lo­cal ver­nac­u­lar,” she says, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the wood-thatched ceil­ings made from the lo­cal savin ju­niper tree, a com­mon ma­te­rial in these Balearic farm­houses. Lamps from Morocco take on a dra­matic patina in the salty sea air, and con­trast with the only true give­away of Jade’s pre­vi­ous party-girl per­sona – a large disco ball hang­ing in the out­door sit­ting area.

A few favourite things, such as a chess set and a paint­ing by Piers Jack­son, the fa­ther of Jade’s two daugh­ters, have made the mi­gra­tion to For­mentera, but this idyl­lic home is os­ten­si­bly

pared-back and cli­mate-ready for the en­vi­ron­ment in which it sits. Most of the fur­nish­ings were in fact sal­vaged from a garage sale in an old finca (coun­try house) on Ibiza and shipped over.

Jade ad­mits to feel­ing a lit­tle guilty in up­dat­ing things. “I felt like I was wrench­ing some of the house’s old charm away from it,” she says. “It’s sad in a way, but houses, like peo­ple, evolve, don’t they?”

Aside from rewiring and re-plumb­ing the en­tire prop­erty, Jade did lit­tle to mod­ernise it struc­turally. The ad­di­tion of ce­ment tiles from Popham De­sign in Mar­rakech is a com­mon thread and con­tin­ues from the out­door ar­eas right through the house, while the main bath­room was up­dated with a tra­di­tional pedestal sink and claw-foot bath. Here, daz­zling bursts of blue were added to the floor and wall tiles.

Else­where, ex­posed shelv­ing was added to the kitchen, where tra­di­tional wooden doors con­trast with stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances and glossy stone bench­tops.

Be­yond the con­crete gar­den wall, a wild col­lec­tion of cacti amassed by the pre­vi­ous owner leads the cu­ri­ous wan­derer down a me­an­der­ing path to a de­serted pri­vate beach. “The view and cac­tus gar­dens are so im­por­tant to the house’s in­trin­sic charm that you don’t want to clut­ter it with too much dec­o­ra­tion,” says Jade.

Sit­ting on the roof, watch­ing the light show as the sun sets, the ocean’s calm, con­stant pres­ence makes it hard to be­lieve any­thing in the world could be bet­ter than be­ing right here, right now.

For Jade, her For­mentera home has in­spired her to ex­tend her art col­lec­tion, and she hopes to dis­play more of it on the house’s walls. “I’m mov­ing closer to­wards my de­sire to bring more art into my life,” she says. “A place like this is a very good way to make sure that hap­pens.”

EXTERIOR Jade Jag­ger (right) re­laxes with a friend on the rooftop ter­race of her is­land get­away. OUT­DOOR DIN­ING AREA (op­po­site) A ma­jes­tic pair of date palms and the house’s white walls shel­ter this space from the pre­vail­ing winds. Jade sourced the cush­ions in Goa, In­dia.

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