On the sofa with Louise Roe

When it comes to home interiors, they serve as reflections of our personalities – just like the clothes that we wear. Our homes provide another way of expressing our style, whether it leans toward maximalist or minimalist. Fashion and furnishings are a match made in heaven, as shown perfectly by Louise Roe.

After working in fashion and broadcasting for many years, Louise founded her own homeware brand, Sharland England. She describes it as a ‘pipe-dream turned reality’, that has captured her heart entirely. Sharland England features a stunning collection of handmade wicker and antique homeware. Louise personally sources every antique piece and collaborates with local artisans to design the furniture.

We settled down on the sofa with Louise to ask five quick-fire questions about all things home, from the most relaxing spaces in her home to interior must-haves.

What was it that sparked your passion for interiors?

Way back when I worked in fashion magazines, I was allowed to assist on set one day, shooting an incredible interior designer’s home. I immediately fell in love with the way those rooms made me feel, and how interior design has the ability to alter your entire mood, thoughts, the whole atmosphere.

Whereabouts in your home do you feel most relaxed?

I love reading books to my daughters in one of their beds, it’s so cosy and calm.

What is your interiors must-have?  Something you feel that everybody needs in their home.

At a general level, rattan. I am head over heels with the warmth, informality and softness it brings to a room. More specifically, I collect antique silver frames – I don’t mind if they’re a bit battered and dented, and print lovely black and white family photos. I don’t want my photos to only be on my phone.

POV: You’re just about to snuggle on the sofa with a book, what would you choose?

Rose Tarlow’s Three Houses, which I am devouring at the moment. She is an incredible interior designer and furniture designer, an icon!

What was it about the design from our Threads of India collection that particularly appealed to you?

The colours are beautiful, and combined with the motifs themselves, feel like an antique tapestry, which just happens to be my favourite type of texture!

See how Louise Roe has styled her Snape chair in V&A Threads of India Mughal Arbour here.


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You can read the story of our enchanting Threads of India collection, in collaboration with the V&A over on our website here.

Alysha Stirling