Juliet O’Carroll, an interior designer and co-founder of fabric house Parker and Jules, lives in an eco-designed home in Gloucestershire with her husband Dero and their daughter Lyra, 12, son Oscar, nine, and dog Pippi.
You know you have entered the world of someone who appreciates great design when their sitting room is filled with a covetable collection of beautiful classics: Willy Rizzo console, Squint sofa, Russell Pinch cabinet and Maison Jansen lights, peppered with exquisitely reupholstered antique chairs, stylish Sylvac mid-century vases and an array of swoon-worthy textiles – think bold ikat weaves, classic chintz, contemporary geometrics, simple folk florals and zigzag Darbyprints. Then there’s the panoramic view – a glorious, uninterrupted outlook from the top of the Slad Valley in the Cotswolds, taking in its towering woodlands and natural wildflower meadows.
No surprise, then, that the location has been a major source of inspiration for homeowner and interior designer Juliet O’Carroll and her business partner, print designer and trend forecaster Nancy Parker, who launched their dynamic new interiors fabric house Parker and Jules at the start of this year.
The partnership is a perfect match: at the age of 30 Juliet set up her own homeware brand, selling to clients including Liberty, Le Bon Marché and ABC Carpet and Home, before retraining as an interior designer and studying for a master’s degree in the history of decorative art and interiors. Meanwhile, Nancy has spent the past 13 years creating distinctive fashion prints for the likes of Donna Karan, Zara and J Crew. ‘Introduced by local friends, we’ve had a great opportunity to combine our creativity,’ says Juliet of Parker and Jules’s classic English design meets evolving contemporary style. ‘My house has become our testing ground for ideas, patterns and scale.’
Juliet, who describes her home before its eco-makeover as a ‘1970s horror’, says, ‘When I returned to the Cotswolds in 2015, after four years in Dublin, I decided to give the old house a much-needed renovation: raising roof heights, introducing natural materials and textures, reconfiguring the layout and modernising throughout.’ Of the interior mix of authentic country style and eccentric collector, she says: ‘I grew up trawling antiques shops and French brocantes. For me, my collections of cabbage ware, art, mid-century pottery and period lighting resonate far more than any high-street purchase.’
As a new member of the London-based Fabric Collective showroom, Parker and Jules is being recognised as a major design force. ‘The landscape is always changing but home and work are a visual manifestation of my life, family and story,’ says Juliet.
Report by Ali Heath