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 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.
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!
The minute I walked into Joy and Steve Jolliffe’s beautiful Isle of Wight home, I thought ‘Country Living’. This house has all the quirk, style and originality that distinguish the homes they publish, as you can see from these images, taken by the photographer, Holly Jolliffe.
Steve and Joy are working artists and their home reflects this, ever-changing and modernising as they are constantly finding new items to display, many of them acquired through their business The OK Corral.
The house was photographed on a bright spring day and I think the beautiful quality of the photography reflects this.
I especially love this shot, reflecting the splash of colour in Joy’s cushion
This feature appears in the March 2016 edition of Country Living magazine, which is out now!
Christmas! Yes! And to get you in the mood, here’s one we did earlier – last Christmas, to be precise. Thank-you to the lovely Sarah Norton Interiors for allowing us to photograph her beautiful family home, tucked away in the heart of a Hampshire village. Ideal Home magazine gave it the star treatment, and no wonder….
This beautiful New Forest house was inspired by the decor of the nearby Pig Hotel. Designer Maria Shukla (who is also working with the Burley Manor Hotel to source a selection of delicious, solid furniture pieces) worked with the owner to create a warm, family atmosphere and I think these images, by photographer Colin Poole, really did it justice! The feature appeared in the November 2015 edition of 25 Beautiful Homes.