Perfect Home Interview: Tiffany Grant-Riley

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Tiffany Grant-Riley is a props and interiors stylist based in Rochester, Kent, where she writes her interior style blog Curate & Display. A former wedding planner and event stylist, Tiffany made a bold decision two years ago to pack up her business of seven years to concentrate on a new profession which was styling for editorial publications. A stickler for classic design, she loves mid-century style, the mediterranean lifestyle and Dutch houses, we find out what her perfect home would be like…

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Italy. No question. Particularly just outside the Tuscan town of Lucca somewhere in the hills. We fell in love with the country almost ten years ago now and still have ideas of relocating there one day. The idea of living alongside all of that incredible history and architecture – and ice cream – it feels like home.

Name one homeware accessory that you can’t live without?

My plants. They’re a fairly recent addition to our home but I love them almost as much as my children and I love watching them grow. Our house is quite boxy so they soften the edges, look beautiful against crisp white walls and breathe life into what was quite a cold looking space. My favourites are Marvin (Gaye) the rubber plant and Tammi (Terrell) the monstera – I name them all after soul and jazz singers!

If you could decorate your home in any trend, what would it be?

I don’t like to cling too closely to trends and I think that often the kind of house you’re in ultimately determines what will work. That said, I love pure, bright Scandinavian style mixed with mid-century furniture and bohemian textiles like hammam throws & Ikat rugs. Rather complicated to conjure in your mind but it’s a warmly simplistic look.

To you, what makes a home perfect?

Apart from the old cliche (the people in it) I think a perfect home is all about creating a space to suit your lifestyle and surrounding yourself with the things that you love-be it a vintage rug you picked up from a flea market on holiday or a gallery wall full of family photos. Anything that is just “you” and tells a little of your history.

Tell us more about the dream home you found?

This was so difficult, like trying to name your favourite song. I’m always drawn to dining spaces and kitchens. Perhaps it’s my love of cooking or because I believe the kitchen is the heart of the home, but this image really spoke to me because I could imagine having long family meals around this table. I love the simple, rustic feel of the sandblasted brick walls combined with the modern industrial furniture and concrete flooring. And the light! So much light! If I could pick this up and drop it into the Tuscan hills, then I’m made.

Photo credit: Pascal François Architects 

Perfect Home Interview: Helen Powell

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As a freelance writer, editor and blogger, Helen lives in Warwickshire with her husband Graham and their whippet Albert. In 2009 she created her blog ‘Design Hunter‘. What began as a personal place for Helen to share design ideas and inspirations, it has evolved into a popular online destination with a growing team of regular contributors. Featuring beautiful interiors, interesting people, emerging trends and enduringly good design, theres no wonder why this blog has gone on to win a number of awards. We chat to Helen about how she would envisage her perfect home…

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I’ve always dreamt of owning a property on the Isle of Skye. The landscape is just phenomenally beautiful and it would be a perfect location in which to design and build my own home – something I would love to do.

Name one homeware accessory that 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.

If you could decorate your home in any trend, what would it be?

I admire elegantly minimal interiors and timeless style that endures beyond trends. I’m drawn to objects and pieces of furniture that are simple and honest in their design and use of materials.

To you, what makes a home perfect?

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

Tell us about the photo of your dream house

It’s hard to choose just one, but this image of architect Joseph Dirand’s Paris apartment is definitely among my current favourites.

Credit: Simon Watson

Perfect Home Interview: Yasmin Chopin

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As a property junkie and having bought her first house at the tender age of 18, Yasmin went on to buy and sell many more. She moved from being a private property developer to an interior designer later in life after retraining and graduating from London’s Inchbald School of Design, the perfect next step after having majored in the history of art and architecture for her Honours Degree with the Open University. She now offers consultancy services, supports innovative design, new designers and small businesses and on top of all that she writes her own interiors blog to promote all that’s good about the industry. We caught up with her for five minuites to find out what her perfect home would be like…

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I live with my partner in a small village in Cambridgeshire and we love it. It would take a lot to tear us away and we enjoy Spanish sunshine for some of the year as well, so I found this a difficult question to answer. When you consider climate, lifestyle, landscape, language, economy, safety and security there is no ‘perfect’ place on earth. But having weighed it up, and talked to my family over dinner about it, we’ve agreed it would be Sydney, Australia.

Name one homeware accessory that you can’t live without

I wouldn’t be without my plate rack. I bought it to fit on the wall in a barn I was renovating so it’s old pine and rather large. It was the first time I had used a plate rack and I find it so easy to take a plate, or a mug, off the rack that I would never be without one again. It’s moved with me to several homes since!

If you could decorate your home in any trend, what would it be?

My personal style is quirky and colourful which for some people is a bit OTT. I like to mix the old with the new and don’t particularly like ornaments so it has to be tidy and quirky. I don’t think there’s a trend that quite fits it; I’m not a follower of fashion. I like my interiors to last and I’d rather save for a long time so I can splash out on a special piece which will give me decades of enjoyment. I’ve got a lovely sideboard that I never tire of, which I bought some 25 years ago.

To you, what makes a home perfect? 

It has to be somewhere I can truly express my personality and a place that allows me the creative freedom in which to work. Solitude is important to me but I would never wish to be without my friends and family.

Tell us about the photo of your dream house?

I think possibly Brighton Pavilion would be my dream home, if scaled down considerably! And the interiors reflect my penchant for colourful and quirky!

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Perfect Home Interview: Pippa Jameson

Pippa Jameson has worked as an Interior Stylist in London and abroad for the past 15 years, where she has worked in all areas including; advertising, editorial, commercials and TV as well as styling several food books for Kyle Books. She has also been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the industry’s top photographers, magazines, advertising agencies & directors and has held several in-house positions including the Deputy Interior Editor for BBC Good Homes magazine and Interior Editor of Best magazine. We find out what would be in her perfect home…

pippaIf you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I think it would have to be the South of France as we spent a lot of time in this part of the world when we were little.  Nearly all of my family have a love affair with France and visit there a lot.  We ski there in the winter, on the French Alpes in a small village called La Clusaz and holiday there in the Summer as my sister lives in Bayonne near Biarritz.

Name one homeware accessory that you can’t live without?

I am totally in love with two old leather poufs I bought in Morocco.  They are over 10 years old now and look better as time goes on.  The leather has started to fade and has that beautiful aged effect.  They were clearly very well made to withstand my children’s rough and tumbles!

If you could decorate your home in any trend, what would it be?

I am a bit of a purist when it comes to decor; always a neutral back drop and then I like to build up colour and pattern with my textiles. I am mad for fabrics; old french linens, vintage eiderdowns, pretty patterned throws, Scandi cushions, large kilim rugs, the list goes on.  I’m like a child in a sweet shop when there is an abundance of fabric around me.

To you, what makes a home perfect?

Happiness and a home that reflects who you are.  There is no point in just buying items that are ‘on trend’ if you don’t have a connection with them. When I look around my home, every piece tells a story and this brings me comfort and happiness.

Tell us about the photo of your dream house?

I have many dream homes!  A large modernist apartment, built into the cliff and overlooking the sea, full of over-scaled artwork, clean lines and flooded with natural light.  A large Edwardian house (yes, whole house!) with period features at every turn.  Country cottages…BUT, I have chosen a firm favourite when it comes to holiday homes, a converted french farmhouse, complete with blue shutters – gorgeous!

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Perfect Home Interview: Antonia Ludden

Antonia is a married mum of 3 boys by day and a home interiors enthusiast and blogger at Tidy Away Today by night. Living in the North West of England, she also works as the editor for eclectic homeware boutique, Rose & Grey. Being part of a family of five it has made her realise how important storage and organisation is in a busy home.  Always trying to make improvements to conquer clutter she has an ever growing list of house ‘to do’ projects so Antonia knows exactly how to describe her perfect home…

diningroom1If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I think there is nowhere lovelier than the British countryside in the summer and I guess I could see myself in a stone cottage with roses around the door!  But maybe a villa in Portugal, for the winter months – that would be my dream.

Name one homeware accessory that you can’t live without?

Stylish storage – I could not function without wire wall organisers or woven baskets.

If you could decorate your home in any trend, what would it be?

Something practical that can withstand the rigours of family life. Unfussy and simple, but not totally devoid of decorative elements. A clean backdrop of white and grey walls and wooden floors, with some industrial-style elements such as zinc topped tables and factory drawers appeals to me.

To you, what makes a home perfect?

Of course having my family in it is number one, but an organised home, where everything has its place so I can find it easily.  Some welcoming touches too, such as candles and cushions are essential to me.

Tell us about the photo of your dream house?

Choosing is so hard!  There are so many interior styles I admire, but I am currently dreaming about having an open plan kitchen/dining area with a few rustic elements so this seems to fit the bill nicely.

Credits: House to Home

 

Perfect Home Interview: Natalia Jane

When growing up, Natalia was very fond of art & design, from this she decided to invest in an education which would focus primarily on these two loves. After studying interior design at KLC School of Design, she is now setting up her own design practice along with the creation of a soft furnishing brand. Through her blog Fleur de Londres, Natalia is able to bring her passion for writing, design and fashion all together. Greatly inspired by different cultures and how colour and design affects people from different parts of the world, she tells us what it would be like inside her perfect home…

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If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I have always been very fond of Provence in southeastern France. I first set eyes on this beautiful landscape over 10 years ago and have made many regular visits since.  It’s beautifully rustic and full of pretty charm, wonderful scenery and architecture.

Name one homeware accessory that you can’t live without?

Every home needs cushions and I have carefully selected cushions in my living room and in the bedrooms. I think they are a great accessory to use in the home as they can provide warmth, character and can complement an accent colour in such rooms. Soft furnishings and fabrics can accessorise any space fabulously whilst creating an inviting ambiance. Candles are also an accessory I like to be generous with.

If you could decorate your home in any trend, what would it be?

Where I live (countryside or city) would considerably affect the way I would decorate my home. I personally am very fond of neutral feminine hues and painted vintage furniture, vintage glamour is definitely a trend I love.

To you, what makes a home perfect?

Home is where the heart is, so to me, what makes a perfect home is who you share it with. A home is the combined balance between family, a great air flow and ambiance in every room and great use of the kitchen.

Tell us about the photo of your dream house.

This room perfectly describes vintage glamour. The black and the velvet texture infuses the glamour into the room beautifully complementing the chandelier. this would look fabulous with vintage side tables and furniture.

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