When I was the features editor at Period Living magazine many moons ago, one of my favourite duties was running the Readers’ Awards, an annual event that invited readers to put their homes forward to be featured in the magazine. When I received one particular entry, presented in a very organised binder full of pages that mapped out the journey this couple had taken, I knew straight away it was a winner and I couldn’t wait to visit in person…Keep reading
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Catherine Ingleby is a talented artist who I met a couple of years ago when I styled her home for an interiors magazine feature in order to help her get editorial coverage for her work. Here, Catherine talks exclusively and openly for my blog about what it’s really like to be a working artist, and how she motivates herself when she gets that dreaded creative block…Keep reading
For this shoot I travelled to Brittany, western France, again, this time with photographer Brent Darby, to meet a Belgian couple who’d given up their home country to follow their dream of opening a B&B that offers gastronomy lessons celebrating the freshest flavours from land and sea…Keep reading
I was over the moon when my insta-pal Sally Hurman, of Getting Stuff Done in Heels fame, introduced me to Lulu, an interior designer with a mission for making homes beautiful but liveable and homely, as well as adaptable to the changes in our family lives. Lulu is warm, thoughtful and enthusiastic, and I knew we’d get along very well indeed, so I was thrilled when she invited me and my photographer Rob Sanderson to shoot her elegant home hidden in the West Sussex countryside…Keep reading
I’ve been to the Peak District many times for work, there are some beautiful homes to be found there, and I’ve enjoyed exploring the area by car while driving to the various locations, but I’ve never holidayed there, so I felt I should pack up the family for the half term and have a proper explore… Keep reading
Shortly after embarking on my freelance career, I had the pleasure of visiting a part of France I’d never been to before: Brittany. Photographer Rob Sanderson and I traveled by ferry then took the short drive to our location for the week: Celine Lamour’s incredible farmhouse and gites, where we styled and shot, among others, this charming yet cool former forge…
Anyone who knows me knows I love homes full of treasures, and when I turn up to style a shoot, I love to carefully arrange the homeowner’s finds to create beautiful images with the photographer. Lisa Piddington had enough car-boot collections for two or three shoots, but I chose to display her more colourful items in our shots, and allow all those fabulous florals to blossom…
When Lynda Thomas wrote to me to tell me about the massive project she’d undertaken on the Essex coast, combining two Victorian semi-detached houses into one home, I was more than a little intrigued. And when she sent me some snaps of her finished home, I didn’t waste any time in arranging a photo shoot…Keep reading
When I first met lifestyle blogger and car-boot addict Tamsyn Morgans through Twitter she was just about to move to a wreck of a house with her two children and planned to completely renovate it on a tight budget, so although she was interested in a photo shoot I thought I’d be waiting a while till she was ready. But this amazing woman pulled out all the stops and just a year or so later, I got my styling hands on Tamsyn’s incredible vintage collections…Keep reading
finding beauty everywhere
As an interiors writer and stylist specialising in real home features for interiors magazines, I get to travel all over Europe to style people's homes, so on this blog I'm going to be sharing some of the lovely homes I visit, as well as the locations that I end up in.
I'm also passionate about good food, nature, art, urban design and architecture so there'll be the odd smattering of posts that relate to what I get up to on my days off, whether on my own or with my family, Mr Jones and Lillie-Mae, and Daisy pup.
I hope you enjoy it,