The inspirational woman behind these mesmerising interiors was a master at creating unique and super stylish rooms.
Over the years she created four dream homes that showcased her style that regularly featured in glossy magazines such 25 Beautiful Homes and Traditional Homes and Interiors.
So to say this beautiful house in Pembrokeshire with a sea view overlooking St Dogmaels has glossy magazine standard interiors is undeniable and surely perfect Instagram and Pinterest content too.
The lady in question was Beatrix Pearson and when she and her husband Eric arrived at their new home in Pembrokeshire from their former stunning Somerset property in 2009, this lovely home got the brilliant Beatrix design treatment too.
Eric remembers: “We first saw the house in 2008 when we were visiting Pembrokeshire for a weekend.
“The house was grey pebbledash and although several of its previous owners had made improvements over the years, there was clearly ample scope to turn it into a very attractive period residence.
“We had the whole place redone when we moved here from Somerset in 2009, adding Georgian wall panels, inspired by our stay at the King George V hotel in Paris.
“Once the extension was built, and became the main living room, we redecorated the two front rooms and adapted them as a traditional sitting room and dining room.”
Eric estimates it took them about 10 years to complete the whole project, inside and out, and with very few hitches.
As this was their fourth renovation and redecoration project they were experienced and confident to tackle most situations.
Eric says: “Once all the decoration was done, Beatrix, my late wife, turned her attention to the garden which she has transformed into a mass of colour with azaleas, roses and hydrangeas providing interest throughout the year.”
In 2008 the couple and their Somerset house were featured in 25 Beautiful Homes and Traditional Homes and Interiors when Beatrix explained her pretty, pastel style.
Years before most people were rummaging through charity shops and scouring online auction sites for furniture to upcycle, Beatrix was visiting reclamation yards and antique shops looking for hidden gems that she then transformed using her paint of choice, Farrow and Ball.
Any items from a dresser to a music stand, a dining table to a cupboard that caught her eye were snapped up and totally transformed through redecoration and reupholstering.
Part of Beatrix’s signature style was to choose a palette of colours to run throughout the home, mixed with a variety of different bold patterns such as gingham and stripes as well as traditional prints and florals in a mixed-size scale.
Floors are adorned with classic large Persian rugs and rooms filled with antique pieces as well as classic interior design statements such as roll-top baths and Louis chairs. This was not shabby chic, more just chic.
Beatrix said that she works on an interior design scheme for each individual room based around her favourite colour palette of cream, duck egg blue, raspberry, pink and an eau de nil pale green, and using these tones in different measures throughout the property.
The use of this standard palette ensures a connection between each space, a visual flow from room to room, but also allows each room to have its own personality based on its primary function and location within the house.
She said at the time: “Over the years I’ve tried out every colour combination under the sun and have learnt that these shades work perfectly together.”
Beatrix’s style became known as skilfully blending the old with the new, with a mantra that even the saddest looking old item can be transformed with a splash of paint.
Beatrix was way ahead of her time in realising and imagining what can be achieved by upcycling older furniture.
She also had a passion for vintage-style lighting including chandeliers and especially adored lamps rather than too many overhead ceiling lights, explaining lamps can give a room an extra dimension after dark.
Eric says the interiors, colourings and furniture of the current house are much the same as their previous English home, but tailored and embellished for this particular property and mainly used Laura Ashley wallpaper and fabric and Farrow and Ball paint.
The Grade II listed house now greets a visitor with a sunny and welcoming facade.
Eric says the original property on the site dates back to the 14th century when it was owned by the Parry family, several of whom were High Sheriffs of Cardigan.
According to website britishlistedbuildings the estate was bought by Sir Watkin Lewes who went on to become Lord Mayor of London and had this property built probably before 1810.
The then 30 acre estate was bought by local shipowner Captain George Bowen after Lewes went bankrupt.
Inside the property still retains many of its original features that are complemented by Beatrix’s decor choice of soft tones and pretty patterns mixed with classic style furniture and antiques.
There are paneled doors, deep skirtings, picture rails, stripped oak flooring, period fireplaces and the sweeping central staircase is a joy to find.
At the front of the property are two relaxing reception rooms enveloped in calm pastel interiors and comfortable furnishings.
Behind the drawing room is a study, laundry room, cloakroom plus a handy sun room with added kitchenette and ensuite shower room.
It’s not a surprise to find out that the orangery is Eric’s favourite space.
Although it’s a substantial space flowing out from the kitchen, with light pouring in from the distinctive arch windows, Beatrix’s design has ensured that the recent extension flows seamlessly out from the older property.
Visually Beatrix has also successfully zoned the room into obvious functions whilst keeping a cohesive interior design throughout.
Can the room be called spacious and cosy at the same time?! The addition of a central lantern window and a log burner at the end of the space suggest that the room can indeed claim to be both.
Upstairs there are five bedrooms, a family bathroom and ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom to be found, all continuing Beatrix’s beautiful style.
There is also a surprise lower ground floor level that houses a large study room with feature stone chimney breast and fireplace, a good sized store room and a workshop and yes, even the basement level has been given the Beatrix touch.
Out in the garden Beatrix’s eye for colour is evident via the planting in pots, borders and garden furniture and even the sizeable summerhouse has Beatrix’s pretty pastels bringing country style to this wooden structure.
The amazing view down the Teifi river estuary to the sea beyond is the perfect finishing touch to this picture perfect, pretty property.
But it wasn’t just the interior that needed updating when the couple, a former travel agent and naval officer, arrived in Wales, the building itself needed attention.
Eric says: “Luckily, the wooden sash windows had been double glazed prior to listing and we have had enthusiastic cooperation from the Listed Building Authority when it came to adding a window overlooking the garden in the sitting room and adding the single storey extension.
“My favourite room is definitely the large Orangery which we added in 2015 and provides a spacious area where a whole family can sit down together with delightful views across St Dogmaels.”
In fact it was equally the location as well as the opportunity to put their own original stamp on the period property that made them instantly fall in love with the house called Plas Newydd.
Eric remembers: “Yes, the stunning view is what sold it to us; we thought buy the view – get the house for free!”
Now it’s time for Eric to move on and size down his home, so Plas Newydd is on the market with estate agent J.J. Morris for £825,000, call their Cardigan branch on 01239 612343 to find out more.