What led you to start Home Milk?
I trained in interior styling but a lack of confidence and even off-putting advice from others in the industry meant I put my passion on the back-burner. Until one day it just clicked: I could mix my experience as a producer, my knowledge of digital content and my ambition to be the nosiest neighbour in town together and make Home Milk.
How would you describe what you do at Home Milk?
I take my camera and nosey around amazing UK homes, then feature one homeowner and their home per week over on @homemilk. I was always frustrated with the way interior design felt – so inaccessible to your average Joe. So, there’s no posh talk from me. There’s always a dash of humour. I also run online styling courses, styling for brands, colour consultancy and tiered interior services, and have recently launched Home Milk Meets where I interview industry experts on my sofa.
What do you look for when you’re finding homes to feature?
In a nutshell, creativity and passion. I’m not looking for homes that are a bit ‘paint by numbers’, even if they do have a fancy Ligne Roset sofa. The homeowners have been a variety of wonderful humans – some with formal interior design training and many who don’t but have a natural flair for it. Artists, lawyers, teachers, cheesemakers – you name it!
What are your top tips for styling a happy home?
I am a HUGE colour lover and would highly recommend experimenting with it. It has the power to transform your walls, your emotions and wellbeing. I think the subject will be big in 2020 and one I will be talking more about.
Bring in some nature. Get your palms out! There’s something magical about plants: not only are they a beautiful and cost-effective home-styling item, but they also come with their own health benefits: cleansing the air, reducing blood pressure etc.
Where is your happy place?
I think if Jardin Majorelle could be my own personal home and spa, that would be it. But failing that, it would be in my own colourful home, surrounded by my pals and family with a large cold prosecco….and maybe a Ferrero Rocher mountain.
What’s the one thing in your home that always makes you smile?
Oooh, tricky question. I’m supposed to say my family, right? No? OK cool, well it would be my fluoro-yellow staircase.