At home with… Laura Jackson
With her down-to-earth persona and disarmingly friendly on-screen manner, Laura Jackson is one of TV’s most recognisable rising stars. Her 60’s inspired British style has seen her become one of London’s most in-demand fashion influencers and her passion for the mid-century era has also been incorporated into the decor of her home. We recently caught up with the multi-talented Laura, who is also the food editor of Marie Claire, to talk about her home renovations, hosting her incredibly popular supper clubs with Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine as part of their ‘Jackson & Levine’ brand and she shows off her vibrant sofa.com Saturday sofa.
You’re known for your love of fashion and your fun, vibrant and eclectic style. How would you describe your style at home?
I think it’s pretty similar, I love a mix of vintage and new things that are colourful, yet understated. We are doing a house renovation and it’s really interesting to see how our ‘house style’ has evolved.
How have you made your home personal to you?
As we have only just started renovations we are slowly collecting new pieces of furniture and mixing and matching with our existing pieces. Some things have worked well together, like our old dining room table with new chairs, but others haven’t worked so well. Our mid-century sideboard doesn’t go in our new ‘old English style’ sitting room – it’s been a learning curve as to what works with what, but it’s a fun place to be.
You have our Saturday sofa pride of place in your living room – how does this style fit with the current look and feel of your home?
We wanted our living room to be bold and comfortable, nothing to ‘show homey’ but also a room with elegance and style. We love Josef Franks so he was the inspiration for this room, a dark green paint on the wall is offset by the mustard cord sofa, in the shade Dandelion, and its all pulled together with a geometric red, green and yellow rug from Morocco sourced by Edit 58.
Your Saturday sofa is in an amazing new fabric from our SS’18 collection, Cord in Dandelion. What attracted you to this fabric and colour? We’d love to hear about the room it is in – how have you styled around it?
The colour is just amazing, I have been looking for the perfect mustard sofa for years and I am so happy I finally found it! I wanted a bold colour that would pop with the green, and I think the cord adds the right amount of texture to the room. As much as I love velvet sofas, I am a huge fan of cord – we have a dog too, therefore, we wanted something that was durable but still super chic. The room is a snug sitting room, we have shell wall scones with light green candles in and a huge painting of a native Indian which we got from a flea market hanging above the fireplace. I love paintings, trinkets and general chintz but I didn’t want to fill the room so it looked like a car boot sale, instead we have carefully chosen our favourite items and put them on display.
What advice would you give someone looking to add bold colour to their home?
Go for it! Try adding softness and texture by layering with pillows, rugs and accessories. Don’t be afraid of colour, make a mood board and always get fabric samples!
What does your adorable whippet, Barry, think of the latest addition to your home? Has he claimed his spot on the sofa? (A recent adorable Instagram post of him curled up on it tells us he might have!)
We haven’t had a sofa for a few months so Barry is loving our new edition. When I’m looking for him in the house he has always gone for a solo snuggle on the sofa, bless him!
As half of the duo Jackson & Levine, you opened your home to entertain guests as part of your ‘supper club’. How did you feel about entertaining so many new people in your home?
I had a huge Thanksgiving dinner last year for 26 people and turned my living room into a restaurant. This was ‘pre-sofa’ so I’m not sure I would want that many people hovering over my new pride and joy with a glass of wine in their hands…gosh, I think I’m getting old.
What do you enjoy most about entertaining? Do you have any top tips for hosting a dinner party that you can share with us?
I love hosting, its one of my favourite things to do, there is nothing more loving that cooking for people, I think. Oh, top tips… always prepare a cold starter and dessert and then you only have to worry about your oven times for the main course, always have wine and drinks for guests – we’ve all been at one of those dinners where there is only one bottle of warm Gallo wine…don’t be that person. Do not spend all night in the kitchen, your guests have come to spend time with you, write yourself lots of lists – preparation is always key and don’t stress too much – if it goes t**s up, call a pizza and crack open another bottle of wine.
2017 was a huge year for you – Jackson & Levine launched a cookbook, you co-hosted the Brit Awards on ITV2, and you got married to name just a few! What does 2018 have in store?
I would like to sleep for a few months, on my new cord sofa! I’ve been away most of Jan filming a new project around the UK, work trips to LA and NY in March and a new BBC1 show that airs Saturday night in April as well as our monthly column for Marie Claire.
Thank you, Laura! For another look into the stylish world of Laura, you can follow her on Instagram at @iamlaurajackson.
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