Talk us through the process of curating objects for your home?
I’ve always been what I consider to be a ‘slow and considered decorator’. I take time – sometimes months or even years, to accessories and ‘dress’ my rooms in order to find the perfect piece for a space. It creates a beautifully layered and individual set of spaces that feels comfortable and nicely matured over time. It also means that once things are in place, they stay in my home for years. I know what I like as soon as I see it – I’m not a ditherer when it comes to finally spotting things and bringing them home. Usually once I find things, they will look good in several rooms, so my way of ‘re-doing’ a room is often just swapping pieces of furniture around to redirect the colour scheme or general vibe.
Are you a ‘casually browse to see what’s out there’ or ‘hunt high and low for the exact thing in my mind’ kind of vintage shopper?
I’m actually a combination of both things in that I will see what’s out there and I love a good vintage rummage, however I’m quite happy to return home empty handed if I don’t find something that I love and will continue to hunt high and low in search of the right thing.
What type of object do you have most of in your home?
Tables. I have a circular vintage pedestal dining table that I found on ebay for £50 when we first moved to Norfolk. Everyone thinks that it’s an antique, but it has no particular providence whatsoever – it was simply the right size and shape – and after spending most of our money moving out of London, something I could afford at the time!. Then, I have a vintage French farmhouse table in the family room which is long and rectangular. I also have side tables galore in all shapes and sizes, although scalloped, curved and circular are my preference. In my defence, side tables are one of the most practical things that you can have in your home – after all, everyone needs somewhere to rest their cup of tea or glass of wine, and I hate seeing crockery on the floor or balanced on the arm of a chair
“I choose passion and beauty in my interiors over streamlining for the sake of practicality – unless that’s the style that makes your heart sing. Apart from that I have no rules. Any way of living is wonderful if it brings you immense pleasure.”