Every business needs the right space to work and grow, ensuring both employees and customers feel welcomed and inspired.

Most of us spend a huge proportion of our lives at work, so naturally it is important that we have a good working environment. Sprucing up your business space can also drive extra sales through the door. Joanne Payne Interiors can offer you advice, design and full project management as well as many other services to make that happen. Whether your business is a pub, shop, office or restaurant we can work with you to design what you inspire to be.

Below are examples of past projects:

The Residence Lounge and Night Bar
30 Commando Royal Marines, Plymouth

Check out the latest project completed by my fabulous team for the Royal Marines.

We were asked to give the Lounge and Night Bar an uplift. Both of the rooms provided somewhere to sit and relax, watch TV and eat meals with the occasional social evening at the Night Bar.

Unfortunately the lounge was tired, dark and cluttered. It was also water damaged with threadbare carpets and peeling wall paper. Our task was to transform the space into a welcoming and homely place for all the guys who live on camp during the week. We decided to bring light and cosiness into the room but maintain it’s heritage roots.

The Night Bar needed a different vibe: military, heritage, modern, clean and functional. The guys deserve a space to be proud of so a brand new bar made from oak was designed. A new commando dagger (wall vinyl) was added and as usual with all military projects, the furniture had to remain.

There are three reasons for this:

  1. There is history in the furniture which we want to preserve
  2. The quality of the chesterfield furniture and its association with the military
  3. Cost! (always a driver)

The marines work incredibly hard and deserve to rest and recharge somewhere comfortable. We are extremely happy with the outcome and hope you like it too!

The Dalditch Dining Room
Commando Training Centre 
The Royal Marines, Lympstone

We had our final photo shoot of the new ‘Dalditch’ dining room. The brief was to keep the room formal, uniformed and maintain some of the 1960/70’s but in a more contemporary style. The attention to detail in this room is predominately important but is difficult to highlight effectively in photographs. There has been a great deal of repair and restoration, particularly of the consistently present eagles.

Despite a tight budget we did not compromise on the quality of materials used and the skilled workmanship applied.

Tables and chairs have been skilfully repaired, flooring was successfully restored and matched perfectly to the new panelling. Our carpenter designed and made the most beautiful panelled walls, creating a formal feel and our decorator once again stripped, mended, filled and decorated the room to a fantastic finish.

All suppliers provided a fantastic service, as always. Helping us to select the right fabric, carpet, paint, wood and quality finish, all by local business.

Thanks go to Rich Pix Photography for the pictures.

We are delighted with the finished results and hope you are too.

Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, Lympstone

The foyer was completed at the same time as the dining room. We hadn’t intended to make over this area, but the transformation of both the Achnacarry room and Dalditch dining room fulfilled the foyers need for an uplift.

The most challenging part of this project was transforming the previously carpeted wood floor back to life. The layers of glue applied to the floor was incredible. It took some skilled workers to repair this. Thank you to Sticks & Stones Company for your dedication to getting the job done.

We love the transformation and hope you do too.

The Achnacarry Room
The Royal Marines Commando Centre, Lympstone

The Royal Marines Commando Centre, Lympstone Having recently worked with The Royal Marines at their Commando Training Centre in Lympstone on a previous project, it was a privilege to be invited back to work with them on a new design. This time, I was tasked with transforming an uninspiring formal room into one with a military theme, giving a powerful and lasting impression of the Royal Marine Commandos.

Background & Brief

The room in question was the Officer’s Mess – a large anteroom, where guests and delegates would traditionally gather before meetings or events. But despite its continual use, the room lacked any real character or warmth. The only condition coming with the brief, was that I incorporate the existing furniture and hanging pictures in the new look room. Outside this remit, I was given free rein to develop a distinctive style throughout. One that would capture the essence of Commando history, while making the room welcoming and giving it a purpose that extended beyond formal meet and greets.

The process

It was immediately obvious that the room had a spectacularly light, bright, and airy feel, thanks to its beautiful doors and windows along the length of one wall, leading onto a spacious patio area, overlooking the gardens. My first instinct was to work with this natural feature and have the redesigned interior reflect the outdoor space, leading seamlessly from one to the other. Using this concept as my foundation, I opted for a green shade of wall paint to reflect the lawns and further complement the outside space. Another central feature to the room is the open stone fireplace. While the stone itself blended perfectly with the tone of the new design, the existing red mortar looked unnatural. By stripping the old mortar and replacing it with silver sand, it enabled the stone to stand out and highlight its natural appeal.

Once completed, the fireplace was appropriately furnished with new furniture, blending in and enhancing the existing original pieces. An added touch of soft furnishing around the sofas and fireplace provides a more welcoming seating area, essential to providing a relaxed setting and making visitors feel welcome. The room’s traditional oak doors were also given a makeover, giving a feeling of grandeur, while also complementing the room colours and the original furniture. The room’s double-wall library area now occupies a single wall, but has increased in size and height for an impressive finish. To complete the area, new LED lighting has made it lighter and brighter, while the addition of some of the room’s classic wingback chairs make for an ideal space to read and relax. And as the Commandos established their training in Achnacarry, Scotland, the room needed something significant to reflect this. By choosing a hard wearing tartan carpet, it was a perfect opportunity to honour their history, while the antler-style lighting was a further nod to their Scottish heritage.

Finishing touches

As a finishing touch throughout, I incorporated a selection of motivational quotes that embody the commando spirit and values to enhance the ethos of the Royal Marines. In particular, the large, dagger-shaped vinyl wall art is particularly significant being a statement from Winston Churchill who initiated the formation of the Commandos in June 1940. Once the paintings had all been returned to their allocated space on the walls, the final touch was to have the room renamed, The Achnacarry Room, with lettering above the main entrance to finish it off.  It was a pleasure and an honour for JPG Interiors to be asked back to Lympstone to create another worthwhile space from the Royal Marine Officers. I enjoyed every step of the process and am proud that The Achnacarry Room room will now be used, not just as a formal space, but as an inviting and appealing place to meet, read, and relax.

The Olde Ships Inn

The Olde Ships Inn was a rundown public house which previously belonged to a pub chain.

The exterior and interior had been neglected over time and desperately needed some TLC. Thankfully the new independent owners had a vision to put the soul back in to the pub. With a dream of creating a cosy dining and drinking environment and bringing a sense of community to the village whilst sticking to a traditional theme we created a warm and charming village eatery. The owners also wanted to bring provenance to the pub, injecting it with a sense of its ship building heritage. Original features were to be kept but almost all the internal fixtures, fittings, flooring and seating were removed. The brief was to create a nautical theme with cosy seating, traditional textiles and bar area.

Astrum Defence

Astrum is a steel foundry supplying the MOD with much needed tank track equipment.

The Managing Director had installed new innovative systems in to the foundry but had neglected the office space for a number of decades. The office was dated and in need of repairs. The business had recently been rebranded which the owner wanted to reflect through the office areas. An orange and black theme was requested. Traditionally, departments were divided by walls and offices, but new ways of working meant administrative staff wanted to be within an open office environment to promote creativity, communication and teamwork. Whilst the budget was small we worked to on the ambitious brief with great effort; the result was a success. A brighter, lighter, open space where customers could be invited to observe the staff at work. Staff were able to interact in one large room but take important meetings to the side rooms if required.