With a background in fashion and advertising, Clare Harries of Tallulah and Rose creates breathtaking spaces that speak of drama, decadence and comfort. Her natural talent for weaving together different periods and styles allows her to seamlessly mix a battered leather chair with a French brass wall hanging and an Oriental Buddha statue with ease. These contrasts create a vibrant and exciting space that still manages to feel restful.
As Clare herself says, ‘it’s important to tell a story through good design’ and this is certainly a story we’d like to hear more of!
Is there a signature Tallulah & Rose look? If so, how would you describe it?
My signature Tallulah and Rose look would be mixing different colours and textures whether it be vintage or antique pieces with a touch of modernity to give the space an individual look. I like to create an exciting interesting feel with lots of personality – using pieces that don’t clash but still stand out and complement one another. Attention to details is hugely important probably due to my background in styling, as is creating a story through design which is always fascinating.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
There are so many design classics that stand out to me! A design classic is an object that is original timeless and beautifully crafted.
Amongst many other things, the Tulip table by Saarinen in either marble or white topped, the PH Artichoke lamp by Louis Poulenc, the CH07 shell chair by Carl Hansen and Son, a Shultz Petal Dining table, the 214K Bentwood chair by Thonet, a DSW side chair by Eames and a Lady armchair by Marco Zanuso.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
My top interior design tip for your readers would be to don’t forget about the importance of lighting. Think about it at the beginning of the project as often it is forgotten about till the end and then its too late. Also go with your instinct when it comes to finding pieces – loving them as they will be living with you a while.
What does home mean to you?
Home to me is feeling happy and comfortable surrounded by family and friends. And filling it with my lovely furniture and paintings, bits and pieces that I have spent many years collecting on my travels.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
My three most treasured pieces are my gorgeous painting called “Hope Springs” by the artist Jessica Zoob, my antique French Louis IV double bed and an old antique armoire where I keep all my blue and white asiatic pheasant china I have collected over time. They used to be used by the servants in stately homes. It’s beautiful.
A perfect Sunday is…
A perfect Sunday is sleeping in and reading the papers in bed with a cup of coffee, maybe visiting a gallery or watching a film…even going on a long walk preferably by the sea. Cooking a lazy late roast lunch with music and laughter and relaxing, just taking it easy.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
My one piece from Layer would be the brass Floor Lamp by Maison Jansen. It would stand out next to a deep coloured velvet covered chesterfield sofa with a brass and lucite mid century coffee table in front laden with flowers and magazines. This lamp would work in almost any period of property old or modern. The beauty of this lamp is its versatility and it is so pretty – I love it!