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