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 know it’s sad but I still get excited about walking into W H Smith and finding magazines with stuff I’ve written for sale on the shelves. Right now I have houses in the May editions of House Beautiful and The English Home. Appearing in HB is the Dorset home of textile designer Becky Winter. I love Becky’s textiles, which incorporate animal silhouettes and which she has turned into stylish and understated homewares, such as napkins and wash-bags. The property appearing in The English Home belongs to the dynamic Barton family of Hampshire. They have just launched a new mentoring service for young people which makes imaginative use of the house and its incredible surroundings.