about

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I am a creative living in London with my husband and three children. My widowed 81 year old mother also lives with me. We have two pet tortoises – Oreo and Jupiter. We now think Oreo is male and Jupiter is female, which meant we’ve had to separate them recently!

Photography, interiors, content creating for various brands and blogging constitute my day-to-day. As a photographer I have authored a book on wedding photography and have photographed about 500 weddings, portraits and events over a decade.

Interiors-wise, I have designed other people’s spaces, created content for numerous brands and have been on The Great Interior Design Challenge on BBC2. I run my own business from home whilst working around my kids, my day job and running my household.

Our home is a 5-bed Victorian house which was full of interesting original features when we moved in: doors, fireplaces, coving, corbels and 135 year old oven that is not functional anymore but more of a feature. There’s also a brick-walled side return built to match the original Victorian style. This meant we have space for a proper dining table in the kitchen area which is now an open plan kitchen-diner.

Other than these, it was a blank canvas with plain bare walls everywhere. It’s a house that gets very little light being north-east facing. Although the walls were really light, all the spaces looked extremely dull – the muddy magnolia type dull, in the little light that it gets.

Over the past five years, we have been redecorating the house to make it reflect our home life and preferences. We have added a loft extension to accommodate all six of us comfortably. I didn’t set out to have one particular style so I guess that makes me an eclectic maximalist. Everything grew organically over time, even the transition from light walls to dark interiors. I’d like to think my home reflects our journey as a family with items that have been collected, learned and experienced over the years.

Story and soul are two very important things for me when it comes to creating a space. Mixing pieces from different eras and style makes our home unique. Going matchy-matchy with soft furnishings and furniture isn’t my thing. I’d rather have an eclectic collection of well-loved pieces and a mix of patterns which to me bring real character into a living space.

I am also a little crazy about greenery. Unfortunately I’ve killed one too many and have turned to mixing faux plants in with the real ones both indoors and outdoors.

My Instagram interiors account Layered.Home is steadily growing. This has opened opportunities for me to work with numerous brands and projects including regular renovations in my own home. I have run a Creative Business Branding workshop helping small start-ups in their business social media strategies.

If you’ve managed to read through all the above, perhaps you’re here because you’re interested in interiors. My aim is to inspire others to create spaces that they love, which reflects their true selves and make them happy in their homes. If want to connect and follow me on my journey, projects and progress, let’s chat over on Instagram. See you there!