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: 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!

 Credits: Mikkel Vang for Veranda 

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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Perfect Home Interview: Jeska Hearne

East Sussex based interiors stylist, and maker, Jeska Hearne is the writer of the blog Lobster and Swan. A corner of the web where she shares inspired interiors, styling projects, crafts and treasures found on the South East coast and beyond. She tells us about what her perfect home would be like…

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

Every time we go on a trip I fall in love with the destination, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Marrakech – even Wales, but I equally look forward to returning home. We have returned most times to NYC so if we could live just outside and visit the hustle bustle whenever we liked I think that would be ideal, somewhere beautiful like the Hudson River Valley or the Catskills.

Name one homeware accessory that you can’t live without

That would have to be plants – after successfully keeping several alive over the last year, from ferns to cacti I couldn’t bear to live in a house without living greens!

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

I watch trends with fascination and love to see what passes by and what sticks around, but I buy battered and time worn vintage bits and bobs and make too many things to stick to a theme – the lines get blurred as everything mixes together and the layers build. One thing I am loving at the moment though is indigo, so I might try and fit some of that in somewhere. Not wanting to make life easy I really want to dye the fabric myself – cue lots of plastic tubs, mess and blue hands!

To you, what makes a home perfect? 

Cooking with my husband – we love to eat and try out new recipes, a comfy place to sleep and seeing my cats faces when I walk into a room, I am too in love with their white whiskers and tiger stripes.

Tell us about the photo of your dream house.

My dream home would be some place like the Melbourne home of designer Anna Charlesworth and her family. A simple modern or rustic house clad in black wood and surrounded by plenty of garden. On warm summer days we could repaint the exterior and eat outdoors. This place reminds me of the houses I love that are located in Dungeness, I just prefer a bit more greenery than beach!

Credit: Design Files

 

Perfect Home Interview: Katie Treggiden

Katie Treggiden is obsessed with design and loves nothing more than writing about her favourite subject. Her blog, Confessions of a Design Geek, won the mydeco Design Democracy award for Best Interior Design Blog in Great Britain in 2010 just five months after it launched, and has also recently been listed as one of the best design blogs worldwide by Dwell US, Elle Décor Italia and The Sunday Times. She tells us what her perfect home would look like…

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

I would live in a mythical hamlet on the North Cornish coast, that also happened to be within an hour’s drive of London! I grew up in Cornwall and it will always feel like home – I get withdrawal symptoms if I go too long without seeing the sea! But also I love the vibrancy and creativity of London and I would never want to be too far away from that. I love the fact that you can be completely yourself in London – anything goes. I felt like a Londoner from the moment I arrived. At the moment I live in a little village set in stunning countryside an hour from the capital, which is perfect for now.

Name one homeware accessory that you can’t live without

I live in an old drafty house that was built in 1910, so I would have to say the grey lambswool blanket that lives on the back of our sofa ready for me to dive under when I get cold. That and my Mini Moderns Festival Cushion – I’d wanted one for absolutely ages, so I was over the moon when my husband bought be one for our second ‘cotton’ wedding anniversary. Oh, and my bright yellow deLonghi coffee machine, which is the only thing that gets me out of bed in the mornings!

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

I am actually in the process of decorating my home at the moment and we’ve incorporated a few current trends. There’s a definite Californian mid-century feel, lots of Scandinavian influences and some colour trends too – we have a bit of yellow and grey, some gorgeous neutrals, royal blue and white, and bright primaries. It’s a work in progress, but I’m not sure it will ever quite be finished.

To you, what makes a home perfect?

My husband and my dog.

Tell us about the photo of your dream house.

The photo is of a stunning modernist property overlooking the sea in Cornwall. I walk past it every time I visit and dream of living there someday. The floor to ceiling glass means it’s flooded with the light and the view of the sea is visible from every room. One day…!

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Perfect Home Interview: Jen Stanbrook

Jen Stanbrook, interiors blogger and writer for award winning blog Love Chic Living loves sharing her passion for style and design in a family home. After recently being crowned the best interiors blog of 2013 in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards she describes her style as contemporary and is obsessed with wallpaper, wall art and anything innovative and creative. We caught up with her to find out what would be in her perfect home…

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

I’m quite happy exactly where I am! Of course I would love some warm sun, and maybe a little more open space, but we’ve created a wonderful family home in a lovely community and I love it here.

Name one homeware accessory that you can’t live without

Ooh that’s a tricky one as there are so many things I find special in my home, but if I had to choose one it would have to be a lovely mug. I’m quite partial to gorgeous mugs, and my morning coffee doesn’t taste quite right if it’s not in the correct mug.

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

I would love to be able to pull off a truly eclectic look but I’m a bit too matchy matchy for that one.

To you, what makes a home perfect?

An injection of your personality. For me it also include the family, and lots of family photos.

Tell us about the photo of your dream house.

I’ve included the Cullen house from Twilight, and love the idea of something well designed and contemporary hidden deep in the forest.

Credits – Design Tavern

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