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Q&A With Saffron Hare

Behind The Scenes At Janine Stone & Co.

Since James Hare’s humble beginnings in 1865, the Hare family has been designing, manufacturing and distributing elegant fabrics using only the finest materials and techniques. From pure and faux silk to linen and velvet is available in over 700 colours, along with a gorgeous array of embroideries and jacquards that can be be paper backed to create luxurious wallcoverings, the designers at Janine Stone & Co. have been a long-time fan of this family business that is now run by the fifth generation.

In response to a creative brief set by the editors of House & Garden magazine in March, Janine Stone & Co.’s interior design team chose a connaught silk by James Hare for our Boudoir scheme’s bed curtains. The Connaught Silk chosen created a unique streamline drape that reinforeces the room’s elegance. In a brief Q&A with Janine Stone this month, Saffron Hare, the Creative Director at James Hare, kindly gave us an insight into some of her personal tastes.

1. My signature wardrobe item …
White trainers – they go with anything

2. The last music I listened to …
You’ll never walk alone by Michael Ball and Captain Tom Moore – what an inspiring chap.

3. A book on my bedside table …
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym, I am part of a book club and this is our current read.

4. My guilty pleasure …
Dark Chocolate

5. A place that inspires me …
Sandsend on the North Yorkshire coast, it is heaven.

6. Something I do when I’m not working …
Travel….I am writing this during lock down so it seems like a far away dream.

7. A project/creation I’m proud to recall …
I am really proud of the direction we have taken the James Hare collection in recent years. We have deliberately developed the range to offer an array of decoration options for our customer from sleek sophistication to classic modern. There is something for everyone.

Follow the #creativeresponse series, where Janine Stone & Co. are set a series of interior design briefs by the editors of House & Garden Magazine the House & Garden website. Further behind the series interviews (like this article) and stories about our designs are available on our’s website’s House & Garden section.