When does cosy become clutter?
Clutter to some is minimalist to others. I’m sure my home is quite busy for a lot of people, but it can never be too busy for me – I can never have enough pattern or colour. It’s about your own taste and what makes you happy. You can mix periods and styles. I don’t think there are any rules.
Do you have many vintage pieces?
I hardly have anything new. This chair’s been to Paris with me, to London, and now it’s come here. I don’t think it’s a real Eames – I got it off a skip. It’s had three different types of cover. If something’s got good bone structure – and a lot of old pieces do – you hold onto it.
What accessories make a home for you?
I love a lamp with a barley-twist stem and a beautiful lampshade. I love mohair throws and a lovely candlestick – you can never have enough candles.
How has travelling impacted your style?
I remember going to a friend’s house in Paris and they had fabric on the walls. I was quite young and it really made an impression on me. It felt so luxurious, comfortable and rich. And now my house is covered in fabric. I just nailed it onto the walls – I could strip it all off, lift up my rugs and it would be as if we were never here. It’s like a set: I could recreate this space anywhere because I’ve got all the elements I’d ever need.