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!
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.
I love the work of Bowden Knight and was delighted to be asked to write about them (and their dream lives, chasing down antiques and brocante) for Hampshire Life magazine.
I have loved writing these pieces about our great British craftspeople for Telegraph Weekend. Graham Smith is Britain’s most prolific weathervane maker and, like all interviewees in this section, is absolutely fascinating and passionate about his subject.
A lovely journo colleague tipped me off about Eve and Gary’s south London home. Outside, a stylish end-of-terrace property; inside a stunning space transformed with clever tricks and ideas devised by the architectural designer, John Osborn.
This house was snapped up by Living etc magazine for their September 2016 edition, styled by Mary Weaver. With John’s help, Eve and Gary have created a warm, happy, relaxed home that perfectly suits their busy lifestyles.
We shot the house on a boiling hot day, but you get the feeling that come the depths of winter, it would feel as cosy and welcoming, thanks to the amazing furnishings (many of which were sale bargains).
Just adding one more shot here, the bedroom, which is my favourite for several reasons. I love the floating bed effect (created by John with mirrored skirting) and the subtle colour of the bed cover. Best of all, though, are those pulley lights – created by John Osborn Design. What a brilliant but simple way to change the ambience and light within a bedroom!
I’ve long admired the word of Lisa Long who runs More Than Words, the typographic arts company that makes so many of those gorgeous personalised pieces showing people’s favourite destinations, or their family rules. So when I got the chance to write about Lisa’s house for HomeStyle’s April 2016 edition, I was delighted!
I particularly love the way Lisa has done her kitchen
And her bedroom. I would never think of putting copper in a bedroom but you can see here the amazing effect it has!