Your Home – Emma Smith’s Devon villa

Her home is so like its owner; warm, stylish, with an eye for the unexpected and the unusual. I really enjoyed meeting Emma Smith, whose home is in Topsham, the chic, riverside town near Exeter in Devon where she co-owns Lark, a beautiful lifestyle store.

I love the way she has created a tiny en-suite behind the guest bedroom and her cheerful acceptance of what life is like with teenage boys, especially of the rugby-loving sort!

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You can read all about her and her home in the September 2017 edition of Your Home magazine and buy many of this items that make it so beautiful here.

 

Ever wondered…

Just what kind of publicity you can engender for you or your client’s business by getting their home in a magazine? I think today’s Daily Mail is a very good example. The original piece on Samantha Cameron’s Cotswolds home appeared in Harpers. But the Daily Mail have kindly tracked down the items shown – many of which would appear to have come from Samantha’s mother’s company. If you’d like to find out more about getting your client’s home in a magazine and what it entails, please message me – I’ve been doing this for people for more than 20 years!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4754648/Inside-Samantha-Cameron-s-Cotswold-cottage.html

 

Ideal Home July 2017 – The White Approach

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!

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The English Home June 2017 – Julie’s exquisite New Forest cottage

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.

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Hampshire Life June 2017 – Writers and chefs!

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

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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!

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House Beautiful – Julia’s amazing bedroom

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.

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The English Home – Antonia’s House

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.

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