What inspires your interior style?
It’s quite an eclectic style. I find inspiration from everywhere whether it be travelling, vintage and second hand markets and antique shops or online i’m a real magpie for anything design.
I have always collected things and all of the objects in our home all tell a story. I have a 1950’s hornsea chicken ash tray that I bought at a car boot sale in Sydney when I was in my early twenties that still has pride of place on the West Elm bookcase.
I also love textiles having trained as a print designer at Chelsea School of Art you’ll find me stroking the textiles wherever we go as i’m always drawn to the textures and tactility of cloth – like this Ferm Living cushion
I notice you have quite a colourful fashion sense, do you find that translates into your home?
It definitely does! I love colour and find it so inspiring it brings me joy just curating colour in my print design work and putting together on myself. It’s something that’s always come fairly naturally to me it makes sense that it follows through into our interiors. Colourful cushions, throws and artwork especially.
Where do you buy your furniture from? Any brands you’d recommend?
I love West Elm the quality, design and attention to detail is excellent and I’d highly recommend investing in something that will last a lifetime. It’s also really sustainably sourced too which is great.
What are your top tips for creating character in a rental?
1. Make it yours, bring your personality into the property.
2. Use the available space you have and don’t be afraid to ask your landlord or lady if you can make changes. You’ll always be adding value. Our flat is very small but we’ve made sure to fill the space to utilise it whether that be my rail of dresses in the hallway (everything can be art) or the giant mirror to reflect light back in and create space.
3. Mix it up – you don’t have to stick with one particular style of decor you can combine objects and furniture to create a more eclectic space.
4. Use more colour – this is easy in art and textiles, I love layering throws and cushions to create some depth and interest and mixing colours and textures.
Can you think of one renter friendly product you can recommend?
Picture rail hooks and command strips are a renters dream, make sure you get some in your basket and your walls will be transformed without leaving a single mark.
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