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
As I’m a writer as well as a stylist, I’m usually found hibernating in my home office for the first few weeks of the year, writing up some of my commissions from the previous year. So when one of my contacts in France got in touch and asked if I wanted to revisit her for a few days in January/February to photograph some more old barns she’d converted, at first I thought, “but I don’t do that”. Then after about 3 seconds I thought, “why not??” and got to work packing up my props basket with objects borrowed from some of the talented craftspeople I’ve discovered over the years…Keep reading
Last week, photographer Rob Sanderson and I went on a Christmas road trip to shoot four festive houses. I’d been planning it for months, arranging dates with the owners, discussing the decorating styles they were planning, making sure they would have their Christmas trees up, presents wrapped and a selection of decorations for the entire house. Thankfully, all four owners were amazing, and just as excited as me about their photo shoot, so they each went above and beyond to make their home beautifully festive and incredibly cosy…Keep reading
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of styling up a collector’s home for a photo shoot, a collector of all things vintage. There were hundreds of fabric swatches piled high in the craft room, colourful enamelware hanging out in the kitchen, floral cushions snuggled up in the bedroom, and rusty old tins adding their pre-loved charm to every shelf. Each room was crammed full of wonderful things for me to play with; I was in heaven.Keep reading
I love taking photos with my smartphone (loaded with various photography apps) during my interior shoots, partly because the results will be completely different from what the photographer creates with his expensive kit: there’s an air of mystery to my (slightly blurry!) shots that doesn’t give too much away when I post them on Twitter or Instagram before the feature is published.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,