Given that her design ethos encompasses ‘Scandi meets French meets Miami beach house’, it’s no surprise really that Ruth Turner-Jones creates beautiful, sought-after spaces.
Fresh, white and full of light, her own home is an elegant reflection of her design style, with a calming, neutral base punctuated by flashes of undeniably feminine touches.
We’re lucky enough to chat to Ruth about her love of French antique armoires, what home means to her and her she spends her perfect Sunday…
Is there a signature Ruth Turner look? If so, how would you describe it?
Yes I suppose we do have a signature look. I would describe it as Scandi meets French meets Miami Beach House! We love using wallpaper and mixing up different styles to create a beautifully cohesive look. We choose elements from different looks to create a unique scheme.
Do you have a favourite designer or style of furniture?
I absolutely love old French armoires. They are beautiful and usually very well made pieces of furniture. The Barcelona chair is also a great design classic that has stood the test of time.
Do you have a top interior design tip for our readers?
Being a designer, I get asked this question a lot. I always say don’t be afraid to push your boundaries a bit – you won’t regret it! It usually makes for much more interesting interiors. People are generally quite scared of going outside their comfort zone, but doing so usually surprises people in a good way.
What does home mean to you?
Warmth, family, comfort and contentment.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
I have a half moon wooden console table that I found in a second hand shop many years ago. I love it and it seems to go with any kind of interior.
I have an old battered, French cream painted armoire that I use for storage that I really adore. I lived in Paris for a while and was influenced very much by Parisian chic and also the French country look. Visiting the Palace of Versailes, taking in all the opulence was one of my favourite things to do whilst there. The Haussmann architecture along the boulevards of Paris and the apartments with their beautiful proportions really influenced me.
I have an old upcycled set of drawers in my office that a friend did for me. It’s nothing special but it makes me smile knowing she worked on it just for me.
What is your idea of a perfect Sunday?
A lie in! Watch the political shows to catch up on the world whilst eating a bacon sandwich and drinking a very strong coffee. A walk and maybe some shopping (interiors shopping for my home!). I also love to bake which my youngest daughter has now taken an interest in. I try to decorate on the weekend, I find it very therapeutic. I also love to cook a Roast dinner which we all sit down to together before settling down to a great period drama such as Poldark. Heaven!
What is your favourite piece from Layer?
I really love the Art Deco walnut dressing chest. Walnut is such a beautiful wood and I love the style of it. It is very much of its time but wonderful. I would put it in my eldest daughter’s bedroom as she loves the vintage look.