After giving a long and impassioned speech to a customer in her Portobello Road store about loving the nature and simplicity of Ibiza, and feeling as though the modern houses didn’t acknowledge it properly, interior designer Katrina Phillips – who spends her time between London and Ibiza – was surprised a year later when the same customer returned, saying she’d bought a house in Ibiza and would like her to decorate it!
The client didn’t need to ask twice, and Katrina was commissioned with a very open brief to create a space that was relaxed, reflecting a love of contemporary art, with a textural and natural feel and including some sculptural pieces and some very specially sourced holographic art from the 1960’s. A home – that was previously the home of Ibiza’s most famous resident, Jade Jagger – that could double as a holiday rental villa, where people could relax on vacation and yet feel completely at home at the same time.
The main house – including kitchen, sitting room and dining areas were to feel airy, open and peaceful – embracing the calmer side of Ibiza rather than the wild side. Inspired by the natural colours of the sea and sunset, using materials that echo the rustic nature of the island and paying attention to breathable fabrics due to the island’s humidity, the result is relaxed yet glamorous, modern yet timeless and high-end yet homely.
The project was completed quite quickly, commencing in March and finished by the beginning of the summer, though Katrina continues to work with the client on developing the property even further. “The best thing about the project was that the client kept saying she trusted my taste and creativity, whilst working within the materials and style of décor she liked. She was very clear about what she liked, but also what she didn’t like, which made it a very clean project. There were no maybes, or mind changes.”
At the time of decorating pieces were sourced from the island where possible, and from New York, London and Africa. “At the time, I could only find a few pieces on the island that I liked,” says Katrina. “Which was around the time I first started entertaining the idea of opening my own store.” The designer admits the options on the island have gotten a lot better since then and she was also inspired to open her own store on the road to Santa Eulalia from Ibiza.
Keep your eyes on White Ibiza for more news on Katrina Phillips Interiors in the coming months and see Katrina’s own Ibiza home here