I live in London with my husband in a 1950s ex-council flat that we’ve been renovating for the past few months. I like sewing my own clothes, upcycling furniture, planning designs for rooms and getting dirty doing the painting and decorating. I’ve written a Q&A to tell you more about me!
Describe your style:
Bold, colourful and not matchy, matchy. There’s a bit of modern, a bit of vintage and a bit of upcycling. I’m always thinking about how a room can work better, moving this here and that there. I like to keep things fresh and surprising. I’d love to be a minimalist and I start with that canvas but I can’t help adding until I think it feels homely. I like lots of lights, lamps not overhead lighting, anything that’s shiny or glittery.
What got you into interior design?
It’s just something I’ve always done. I can remember choosing the colour for my bedroom walls as young as 7 – pastel pink I think it was called Powder Pink – total little girl cliche. When I hit my goth phase I wanted it black but had to compromise on grey. I painted shelves, radiator and all the paintwork purple. Next it was all neutral colours and I did most of the decorating myself. At uni I got mum to buy me loads of sari fabric so I could separate my tiny student room into areas and decorate the bed.
Where do you get your inspiration?
It’s detail over big picture. I’m not a fan of the themed ‘Changing Rooms’ style of decor e.g. This room is going to be rococo. It’s all a bit fancy dress. So what I do is find a piece or a few pieces I love to base the room on and build it up from there. In my last flat I took a lampshade as my starting point and picked out the colours I liked. I matched sofas, rug and cushions as well as painting pieces of smaller furniture to pick out those colours. I plan to take that same lampshade again and build a different scheme around it picking out different colours.
What else do you do?
I’ve recently started sewing again. I made a few pieces when I was a teenager but apart from hemming curtains and mending I hadn’t done any dressmaking until last year. I started with a class at Sew Over It got a new machine and an overlocker (from Lidl!) and it’s gone from there. I’ve made lots of SOI patterns so far but am trying to branch out. In our old flat there wasn’t room to leave my machines and projects out so the new flat will have a sewing room/spare room.
Where have I seen/read your stuff before?
I used to write a blog called Shoestring Splendour with my friend Katie. We wrote about day trips, recipes, craft, upcycling, make up, interior styling, diy and much more. We were featured in Mollie Makes magazine which was very exiting! Now Katie writes about parenthood and well-being at BeNourishd.