FAQ

 

I'm often asked to share my thoughts on design, interiors and blogging, so I've included some of the most frequently asked questions here.

- Helen


WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

I live in Leamington Spa with my husband Graham and our whippet Albert. We work from a lovely studio in rural Warwickshire not far from our home.

 

WHAT'S YOUR PERSONAL DESIGN ETHOS?

I believe the objects we choose to live with should create a home that's inviting, restful and a place of sanctuary.

 

do you have a signature style?

I love contemporary minimal design with warmth and soul. Our home is furnished with lots of tactile textures like wood, marble and slate, statement lighting and chairs and a huge sofa for lounging in the living room and crisp white linens and cosy rugs and throws in the bedroom.

 

who is your favourite designer?

I'm drawn to design that focuses on emotional values and the human experience of a space so Ilse Crawford is someone I really admire. And I always find Faye Toogood's work fresh and interesting.

 

what makes a home?

The loved ones you share it with, good food, a comfortable sofa... and a dog!

 

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO SOMEONE DECORATING A NEW HOME WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Consider what is already present. Work with the existing style and character of your home, not against it.

 

 

NAME ONE HOMEWARE ACCESSORY YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?

A well designed teapot. Lazy weekend breakfasts are an important ritual in our house and tea is always served from a pot.

 

what do you love most about blogging?

Never knowing what each day is going to bring. There is always something new and unexpected.

 

What have you learned since starting your blog?

That you need to keep on learning! I think the ability to learn new skills and adapt to change is incredibly important as a blogger. I’ve learned and developed so many new skills and it’s this that keeps things fresh and exciting for me after more than seven years of blogging.

 

what camera do you use?

I use an Olympus PEN E-PL7 with a 45mm lens for most of my photography when I'm out and about. For studio and interiors shoots I use a Canon EOS 6D.

 

What advice would you give to someone starting a new blog?

Focus on developing a distinct voice and visual style - both on your social channels and on your blog. This takes time so don't worry if it doesn't click into place straight away. Sometimes the best way to learn is through doing. 

 

Which words of wisdom do you live by?

Always try to be authentic.