Britpop singer Pearl Lowe has moved beyond the music world and into interior design, bringing with her a unique sense of vintage style
From fronting Britpop bands in the mid-1990s to launching her own range of lace dresses in 2006, Pearl Lowe is the epitomy of the changeling career woman. She now produces her own clothing and dressing up line for children – Petite Pearl Lowe Kids (currently exclusive to Harrods) – as well as a lifestyle collection of candles, and has penned several books. She lives in Somerset with her husband, Danny Goffey, the drummer in the band Supergrass, and their children, Alfie, 16, Frankie, 13, and Betty, seven. Daisy, 27 is her eldest daughter.
Where did your passion for all things vintage come from?
I’ve always loved interiors and even as a child, I had a thing for staying in historical places. I love things that have history, that tell a story.
Tell us about your home.
Our house is Georgian and decorative and feminine. We haven’t done much to it, just painted it in Farrow & Ball colours – Calamine in the bedroom, Green Blue in the kitchen and all the floors in Pointing.
What are your most prized pieces?
One of them is a wonderful Edwardian display cabinet that I had my eye on for months, but it was too expensive. One day I walked past the shop and noticed that it had a 50 per cent sale ticket on it. I went home and told my husband who then bought it the very next day for an anniversary present. I also have an iron fringe lamp that I saw in a flea market in Paris. It was 80 Euros. My husband said I couldn’t buy it as we were travelling home on the Eurostar. While he wasn’t looking, I bought it. He was so angry, as he had to carry it all the way back to England. He was ever so embarrassed and kept telling everyone that it was his dead aunt’s.
Any tips for putting your own stamp on your home?
I always tell people to find something they have a passion for. It can be a colour or type of furniture. I have a friend who loves pink, so her house is all pink and it works. For me, it’s lace.
How does one inject some character into bathrooms and kitchens?
I love kitchens that don’t match. I like mixing old and new and throwing different colours together. The same goes for bathrooms. In my house, I’ve added lots of pastel colours everywhere and it actually works.
How do you create warmth in your home?
I have lots of Moroccan and sheepskin rugs which make such a difference. I also love scented candles for atmosphere.
Photos by Debi Trelor
Article by: Susan Springate