How would you describe your interiors style?
Our Cotswold barn house has been featured in a newly published book called Create by Ali Heath, which is all about blending old and new at home. In the book I describe my style as, “Traditional with a twist, never too wild and always sentimental; layered but organised; colourful yet knocked back … I like to dial down the noise, to create a feeling of tranquillity and calm”. I think that pretty much sums up my interior's aesthetic.
How do you use vintage in your home?
Much like my sartorial style, I like to mix flea market and vintage finds with select high street buys and antiques. My favourite way to work with vintage items is to reupholster or recover a piece of vintage furniture, add a handmade lampshade to a vintage lamp base or have an armoire or cupboard hand-painted. For me, the blend of old and new adds a fresh, unique edge and makes for a more interesting piece.
What do you love most about buying vintage?
I’m a sentimental old fool, so for me vintage purchases are very much wrapped up in the back story. I also like individuality in my interiors and I want our home to reflect the people that live here, and buying vintage allows me to fill our home with pieces that mean something to us. There’s depth, texture and soul to a home filled with vintage that you cannot create with new or mass produced homewares.
What does home mean to you?
Home is the place I feel safest and happiest. It is where good times are shared with those that I love and where memories are made, often in the mundane routine of daily life. It is where I am surrounded by both people and objects that mean the most to me in the whole world.
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