With 15 years experience as an interiors stylist, it’s no surprise that Jenny Branson‘s home is a perfect mix of colours, textures and styles. With clients ranging from Heals to Ikea, 25 Beautiful Homes to Period Living, Jenny’s eye for charming and eclectic living is much in demand.
As a lover of blending the old with the new and mixing functional vintage with carefully curated contemporary pieces, Jenny’s style is one we love and we’re happy to share her words of wisdom here.
Is there a signature Jenny Branson look? If so, how would you describe it?
It’s all about mixing it up – Interior Mixology! Have I just invented a new phrase?! Blend old and new, brights and white, vintage and modern. Don’t be afraid to throw away the rule book and try something new.
People have so much information in front of them these days that they generally understand how to play it safe with their interiors. Clients tend to come to me to give them the confidence to step it up a gear or two. Whether it’s a bold wallpaper or a pink sofa which provides the starting point, once they have taken the leap of faith, there is generally no stopping them embracing the new and running with it.
In terms of furniture, what design classics stand out for you?
I love Danish classics for the living room. Leather sofas and armchairs are timeless and incredibly functional for family life. I also have an every growing collection of vintage blanket chests…
What would be your top interior deign tip to our readers?
Mix it up! Be bold with colour. Buy that crazy rug. Hang that graphic wallpaper. Really, what’s the worst that can happen? Go with your heart and you will really start to love interiors you create. Once you have started, they’ll be no stopping you!
What does home mean to you?
You can make a home wherever life takes you. It’s not about bricks and mortar at the end of the day, it’s about the people you live with and the things that travel through life with you. A house only becomes a home when it starts to mirror the personality of the owners and the things they have accumulated over time. When I am designing I work hard to reflect the clients in the finished look rather than impose a ready made look on them. A home is also somewhere you need to be able to live in. It’s no good giving a client high end design if it bares no relevance to every day living. Having said that, with 4 kids of our own, we are living testament that interior style at home doesn’t have to be compromised when family life comes in to the mix. You just need to be a bit cleverer with your design choices!
What are your three most treasured pieces?
I have a white leather 1960s chair which I bought on the Golbourne Road in London about 20 years ago. I fell in love with it instantly and it now constantly reminds me of that eureka moment when I realised what I really wanted to do with my career. I inherited my interest in all things vintage and antique from my lovely Grandma. She had a beautiful collection of teapots which I chose a couple of to remind me of her when she passed away. Finally, my Mum is a very talented artist and one Christmas, shortly after my twins were born, she gave my husband a drawing of myself and the babies. She captured a moment in time beautifully and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
A perfect Sunday is…
Up early for a good rummage at a local carboot or antiques fair, then a walk through the woods with my family and a long pub lunch in front of a roaring fire.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
I would love to invest in your ‘Brass Horses’ coffee table by Maison Jansen. It is just the right mix of functional and whimsical and would look perfect in my living room alongside our House of Hackney wallpaper.