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Mov­ing in with mum

We catch up with in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor Jas­mine Joel, the ‘Queen of Skips’, whom we first met when given a tour of her home in Maiden­head.

A lot’s changed for the fam­ily since sell­ing April Cot­tage…

Were you sad to leave a home you had restyled into an amaz­ing prop­erty?

It was very sad to leave, al­though I did feel that as my son Louis grew older and big­ger we were out-grow­ing the lit­tle space he had as his room. I miss my lit­tle cas­tle, though.

Tell us about your new home… It is only around the cor­ner from my old house in Maiden­head. It is not like a to­tal new home as it be­longs to my mum who has lived there for sev­eral years now, since my dad passed away four years ago. She was strug­gling with so much time on her own.

We felt the best plan was to sell mine and I would in­vest my money from my house sale into mum’s house to make it big­ger and more open plan for us all to live in to­gether. The plan also meant mum would be able to have her bed­room down­stairs and save her climb­ing the stairs so much. Louis also gained a lovely new big bed­room.

How was the move?

The move and house sale it­self was a mine­field. The Rights of Way for neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties were put in place years ago back when coal needed to be de­liv­ered to them. I can un­der­stand that need back then, but in 2018 would it re­ally be too much to ask to move an ac­cess gate one panel fence over to en­able us to go ahead with build­ing plans that had al­ready been passed for mum’s down­stairs bath­room? In the end we had no choice but to down­size the build. It was very stress­ful. How­ever the build is fab and we are very happy.

Do you share the same tastes with your mum when it comes to in­te­ri­ors?

We are very lucky in that mum and I have very sim­i­lar taste in in­te­ri­ors, so we al­ways agree on colours etc. The tricky part about us mov­ing in was that mum had to sell a lot of her lovely old in­her­ited fur­ni­ture, which was very sad, and I too had to part with things I would have liked to have kept. What was the ONE item you had to keep?

My lovely large mir­ror had to stay with us, of course. But it wasn’t all about keep­ing the old it was find­ing the new. It was ex­cit­ing be­cause we both got to hunt for new trea­sures for the new space.

So what’s the new in­te­rior like?

The look we have gone for is very sim­i­lar to April Cot­tage. How­ever, I’m try­ing not to over­load on pieces of fur­ni­ture and keep it sim­ple but cosy. We have a few new pieces; I have to say my favourite is the gar­den chairs I

found on Face­book mar­ket – just £40 for all four and they’re very, very lovely. There are also some Oka side ta­bles in the sit­ting area, again from Face­book; they were a bar­gain at £50 for the pair. Then I man­aged to find a lit­tle match­ing side ta­ble in a sec­ond­hand shop for £20. It needed strip­ping and sand­ing, but I’m very happy with the re­sult.

The three bar stools in the kitchen were also on Face­book mar­ket place, £11 for the three chairs, stripped painted and cov­ered in fab­ric I picked up from a lit­tle shop in Bray called ‘Story in Bray’. I like to re­cy­cle these pieces, but I find if you want to achieve that high qual­ity look you need to spend a lit­tle on the fin­ish­ing touches.

The last thing we wanted to change was the fire­place. We didn’t want it open, but again I pinched an idea from the Nep­tune in­te­ri­ors show­room in Read­ing. Af­ter some very painful evenings of find­ing the right shape log for the right place we got the look!

How’s your in­te­ri­ors busi­ness?

The Woman’s Touch is go­ing great, but I would love to have a lit­tle work­shop so that I can buy in and make over pieces of fur­ni­ture. As you know, I am an ad­dict for fur­ni­ture so watch this space; my next mis­sion is to build that work­shop.

See Woman’s touch by Jas­mine Joel on Face­book.

ABOVE: Jas­mine found the bar stools on Face­book mar­ket place, £11 for the three chairs, stripped painted and cov­ered them in fab­ric from ‘Story in Bray’

LEFT: Jas­mine has made the move to a three­gen­er­a­tion style of fam­ily liv­ing

Spot on trend in the kitchen with that inky blue theme

Homes which take the in­doors ‘out­doors’, and vice versa, sug­gest plemty of space and are great for en­ter­tain­ing

Fire­place logs con­trast in tex­ture with an in­tri­cate dis­play from the sea

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