Voice’s Family-Run Business of the Month is The Pillar Box Interiors, an Aladdin’s cave of beautiful furniture and accessories for the home, but, with the added bonus of offering intricate plasterwork, such as cornices, coving and ceiling roses, which were a luxurious feature of most Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian houses.

Owner Jonathan Pugh was drawn to the restoration aspect of the plaster trade due to the creative process involved. He has successfully run his own business for more than two decades and has served a four-year apprenticeship with his father Brian Pugh, who is a well-known plasterer throughout the South Wales Valleys.

Throughout his career, Jonathan has worked on numerous listed buildings across the length and breadth of the UK, working alongside CADW and Heritage England. In 2014, he was asked to do a complete restoration of the art deco theatre ceiling of the Newbridge Memorial Hall for its grand reopening, as the original ceiling perished from years of closure.

Due to the business continuing to grow, he needed a showroom to display the amazing work that he does, so he opened his store The Pillar Box Interiors in a former Post Office in Pontllanfraith in May of 2017, which is where he took inspiration for the name.

“The idea was to create a showroom where clients could imagine what their homes would look like with beautiful cornices, coving and ceiling roses. So, to do that, we needed to fill the rooms with furniture and home accessories to complement the work on the ceilings,” Jonathan told Voice.

“This is where my mum, Virginia, really shines. She has an exceptional eye for interior design, and it’s always a joint decision when sourcing and buying stock.

“We have new items weekly and wherever possible, only try to stock one of each item, making our stock more exclusive.

“Our prices are very competitive, where we are able to offer our customers affordable luxury and unique items at prices that won’t break the bank. Almost everyone who walks through our doors are amazed at how great our prices are.”

So, if you’re thinking of doing some spring cleaning and decide to redecorate your home this April, make sure you pop in to The Pillar Box Interiors to see what they can do for you.

The showroom is open10am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday. View more examples of Jonathan’s plaster work online.

The Pillar Box Interiors – Commercial St, Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, NP12 2JG

01495 225886 / 07511 012617