Vintage Grey for The English Home

Even just approaching Sarah Dinwiddy’s beautiful home you can tell the inside is going to be special. Her look combines an innate sense of style, clever tricks, and plenty of beautiful, seasonal flowers supplied by London florists Whispers & Snippets

No surprise, then, that The English Home snapped up this property, which was photographed by Colin Poole.




M J Arlidge for Hampshire Life

One of the joys of this job is getting to interview writers whose books you adore. And so it happened with September’s Hampshire Life, where they asked me to interview Matt Arlidge – better known as the creator of D I Helen Grace.  He kindly revealed just why these grisly books are set in Southampton and the New Forest AND he’s given a few hints as to what’s coming next…



Boutique barge in House Beautiful

Visiting Sam’s beautiful barge at its Little Venice mooring for this shoot was one of my ‘house highlights’ of the summer. She’s transformed it from a floating family home into a chic bolt-hole which was featured as Renovation of the Year in October’s House Beautiful magazine.




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!


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!


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.