I want people to feel welcome when they come into my home. I want it to be homely and cosy, somewhere my friends and family can kick off their shoes and get comfy on the sofa.
My style is influenced by… nobody really. I guess it’s a mix of things I’ve seen in the past. For example, I have a very random figurine of a duck in wellington boots. Perhaps it represents a subconscious need for a country home in deepest, darkest Hampshire in England, which is where I am from.
I’ve lived in this apartment with my French husband, Jean-David (JD), for almost five years. We have a one-year-old boy, Elliott Marque. My favourite part of my home is the living room, when the toys are tidied and Elliott is in bed. It’s my catch-up TV-watching haven!
I’m lucky to have so many fab pictures of my family and friends to remind me of home. The picture wall is something I add to all the time. Originally I wanted it all to match but as I went on I changed my mind. The big picture of Louis Armstrong I bought for JD because he fell in love with it and he loves old-fashioned jazz. We keep adding to the wall as we go along, as it’s supposed to be a reminder of milestones in our lives.
Our bed is one of my happiest places on earth. I call it The Cloud because we have 12 pillows of varying sizes, which drives my husband mad!
I’m inspired by shabby chic meets beach house. I tend to google those words, and then pick things I like from whatever website comes up. I wish more than anything I’d gone for more light or white-coloured furniture instead of the dark wood though. It would have helped create the sense of a bit more space.
For soft furnishings I go to The White Company. It is my now-not-so-secret-from-hubby guilty pleasure. I also collect pointless and barely used expensive throws and blankets. The best-used blanket in our house is a cheap fleece one from Ikea. Don’t ask!
It’s important for me that my home is clean. Mess I can just about cope with. Dirt brings me out in a rash! But most of all, it has to be happy.
My home reflects my lifestyle in that it’s ordered. I tried to be a bit more spontaneous and have the picture wall in a more random arrangement, but that’s not me, so I had to take it all down and do it in a more regimented way! I grew up in a house I’d affectionately describe as organised chaos, so now I like order.