With a multi-hyphenate, nomadic career that spans TV, food and fashion, Laura Jackson’s East London home tells the story of her travels - hosting a characterful mix of vintage furniture, unique trinkets and sculptural lighting sourced from across the globe. Jackson is two-and-a-half years deep into renovating the double fronted, William Morris wallpaper-covered Victorian house she shares with Jon and Barry – husband and whippet respectively. Completed living rooms are strewn with reclaimed chairs, velvet cushions, Scandinavian glassware and obscure, modernist objects - whilst colour-block throws and wicker chairs reside in the light, airy bedrooms upstairs. Keen to explore, we stopped by for a good cup of Yorkshire tea...
With my job being so 360, it incorporates many aspects of my life. Opening it up for supper clubs feels like an extension of me – it feels personal. People like coming here because they say it makes so much sense and, ‘I knew you would live in a house like this!’. I also do shoots here; I feel like it’s more of a story on me, which I like.
How have you made it yours?We are still in the process of making it ours – it takes a long time. We started by just living in it, not changing a thing. Then slowly we are personalising each room but it’s a work in progress that will take years.
"I always stumble upon things when I’m travelling around and I like that because then your home is layered with stories - layered with collections from years-worth of roaming around."
Where do you source the vintage furniture and one-offs within it?Mainly from my travels. I love to travel, it’s the greatest luxury we have in life – to be able to dip in and out of different time zones, cultures and environments. I feel so inspired when I travel – even if it’s just to the English countryside, I will always bring an idea home.
I always stumble upon things when I’m travelling around and I like that because then your home is layered with stories - layered with collections from years-worth of roaming around. I travel so much for work and I never go away with a full suitcase, I leave room to bring something back.
Which places have been the best for discovering homewares?French markets are always great, they have big pieces as well as trinkets. Belgium was amazing; we went to a furniture fair and bought a dresser for €500, plus some lights and coffee tables.
Does travel also inspire your interior style?Yeah, I’d say that was my main source of inspiration because you actually get to be in it. Looking at pictures is great, but when you go and stay in a hotel you get a real feel for how a velvet sofa feels, or a wicker chair.
Do you have a favourite object, or piece of furniture?I really love the new bathroom sanitary ware. Ha, talk about exciting! But, I researched for weeks, maybe months, to find the perfect bath tub and I came across a vintage sanitary dealer in Devon who had the most incredible collection!
Which room is your favourite?Right now? My bathroom! Although I am still waiting for my bath taps to be connected, I cannot wait to have a bath in my new vintage tub.
"Opening up [my home] for supper clubs feels like an extension of me – it feels personal"
Is this where you spend the most time?I spend most of my time in the kitchen – that really is the hub of our house. It’s where we listen to music, cook, chat and drink wine.
You host supper clubs here - do other work pursuits follow you home?With my job being so 360, it incorporates many aspects of my life. Opening it up for supper clubs feels like an extension of me – it feels personal. People like coming here because they say it makes so much sense and, ‘I knew you would live in a house like this!’. I also do shoots here; I feel like it’s more of a story on me, which I like.
How would you sum up your interior aesthetic?Inconsistent.
Is this a reflection of your personal style?Yes, I think so. My style constantly evolves. I do really like supporting British designers. We are so lucky here because we have some of the best design schools. Not only do we have the best people from all over the world come and study here, we also keep them. I love Kristopher Kane, Rejina Pyo, Molly Goddard, Hannah Weiland from Shrimps and the RIXO girls who I did my collaboration with. I also really love Scandi design and how they put their outfits together – Ganni and Stine Goya. But Rejina made my wedding dress, so I always feel like she holds a special place.
Outside of your house, where are your go-to places in the city?Duck Soup in Soho for dinner, they only play vinyl records and the menu changes daily. Trisha’s bar in Soho for a nightcap, this secret bar is still one of the most happening after hour bars for a nightcap and I love getting fresh pasta from Lina stores as a little treat for myself. I honestly love Liberty, it’s the store that always manages to surprise me.
Can you share a Liberty memory?Every year when the Christmas store is installed upstairs I buy my husband a bauble for the tree that year. Last Christmas was a bauble of the queen, this year I am still undecided in what to choose – there are too many good ones!