I spotted Karen’s blog The White Approach while researching something else and was knocked out by everything she has achieved – on an unashamed shoestring – in her beautiful Exeter home. Her philosophy is that you can transform anything with the colour white, which you can read about here: Ideal Home Karen Jones After seeing her stunning home, I have to agree!
I came across Julie Stevens’ wonderful brocante store, Grey To Green Home, at a Dorset emporium when I was on my way to another interview. After tracking her down (and buying one of her oyster baskets), I persuaded her to let me write about her home. There is something about her way of putting a look together that I can’t help but admire. Books in jars shouldn’t work – but they do. And how.
When I was asked by Hampshire Life if I’d like to interview Joanna Trollope prior to her appearance at the Winchester Festival, I nearly bit their hand off. She gave me the most wonderful interview, and has the kind of voice you could listen to all day. You can read the piece here: Hampshire Life Trollope
This issue also features my interview with Matt Tomkinson, Head Chef at The Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu. Matt is a Roux Scholar and the world’s politest man but even he had a ‘Gordon Ramsey’ moment on finding out he’d been awarded this prestigious prize!
Artist Julia Walters lives and breathes colour – and is a mistress of mixing practicality and design. So it was very kind of her to let me and photographer Colin Poole spend the day in her bedroom, photographing and writing about the way she gave it a whole new look. This piece appeared in the March 2017 edition of House Beautiful.
I wrote this piece about Antonia’s beautiful house last summer and The English Home have published it in their May 2017 edition. Antonia was guided by the most wonderful of principles – to create a home which was perfect for ‘great games of hide and seek’. The playful fabric designs of her company, Hollyhock Home, complement it perfectly.
I’d often wondered what it must be like to own something as amazing as Durdle Door, the iconic limestone arch that’s become the symbol of Dorset, as well as of its custodians, the Lulworth Estate. Luckily the estate’s owner, James Weld, was happy to tell me for this piece which was the cover story in the April 2017 edition of Dorset magazine.