I wanted to make it look like I had been here a long time, not like it had been newly decorated. I wanted plaster walls, bare floor boards, lace at the windows and lots of black.
Jo Wood is the ultimtate rock chick. Vibrant, sexy and full of energy she is a force to be reckoned with, instantly making us feel at home and lifting our spirits with her boundless enthusiasm. Her latest venture into interior design beautifully showcases her design talent in the glamorous home she has created since her split with Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.
Jo grew up in a creative household and interior design clearly comes naturally to her. Her father was an architectural model maker, her mother collected doll’s houses and her brother is the artist Paul Karslake. “I remember my father making beautiful little houses with tiny rooms and when I was nine we moved into an old vicarage and my mother’s life was all about doing it up,” she recalls.
As soon as Jo saw the house she knew what her vision for the interiors was, “I wanted plaster walls, bare floor boards, lace at the windows and lots of black,” she says. “It was a blank canvas so I wanted to make it look like I had been here a long time, not like it had been newly decorated”.
Jo’s passion for vintage is well known and she was heavily influenced by vintage styles when decorating, using lots of black and plenty of pattern. She often buys vintage furniture and accessories in the Paris flea markets and the result is what Jo calls “a cross between rock and roll and Marie Antoinette”. It is a glamorous and bohemian home, dotted with photographs of Jo and her family and bursting with colour, pattern and vintage eclecticism.
Amazingly, the entire project was completed within just a few months. Jo has since been approached to design the interiors of a well known nightclub and several houses and has designed a range of accessories, drawing on the experience of decorating her own home. “I’m mad about interiors,” she laughs. “I didn’t find anything a struggle doing up the house because I loved doing it so much, it was all I ever thought about and now I just love being here.”