I was over the moon when my insta-pal Sally Hurman, of Getting Stuff Done in Heels fame, introduced me to Lulu, a skilful 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…
No extra props were required here, as Lulu had it all ready for me to play with, including a huge, well-stocked garden for those beautiful floral displays. Here are a few behind the scenes sneak peeks of our day taken by me (you’ll have to wait a little while to see our proper shots, captured beautifully, as always, by Rob)…
I had fun arranging these gorgeous velvet cushions that provide pops of colour in a warm grey scheme…
…ready for Rob to work his magic
Fantastic candlesticks add an element of drama to the room
Rob shooting a detail of some of the gorgeous flowers picked from Lulu’s garden
Here’s a before shot: the bathroom was very atmospheric so only needed a quick tidy and minimal props
We just had to photograph one of the daughters’ bedrooms: a pink upholstered bed and fab wallpaper? Yes, please!
The huge kitchen/diner was a visual treat from every angle
More gorgeous blooms from the garden, this time artfully arranged in a cute rack of mini bottles
The understated colour scheme gives this room a really calm feel, and would work with any colour accessories so Lulu can change the look very easily
Last shot of the day, and quite possibly my favourite. I do love benches, and who can resist a sheepie?!