Growing up in Northumberland, I spent my early teenage years paying sartorial homage to Sue Pollard and playing the woodblock in an environmental activist band. With the group unable to replicate the success of its 500 cassette selling debut album "Auroborealis", I left the rock and roll lifestyle behind to become an environmental lawyer. Seven heady years followed, applying for sewage discharge permits, analysing the number of dog turds sent to landfill every year and trying to give presentations on the WEEE Regulations with a straight face. Along the way, I met and married my husband (my fellow trainee solicitor with a cute bum and good line in Alan Partridge jokes) and discovered a love of interiors. Since 2010, I have mainly been giving birth to a trio of boys (am now firmly outnumbered by todger) switching careers to work in sustainability, renovating our Edwardian semi in the North London suburbs and sharing the results on Instagram.
My interiors style has been heavily influenced by my love affair with all things Scandi, which began around 1994 in Aisle 44 of the Gateshead Metrocentre branch of Ikea. Notwithstanding an inability to deliver any Swedish or Danish sentence without sounding like I am just saying hurdy gurdy in a sing song voice, I still dream of moving there one day. I like to mix a bit of vintage in with the Scandi and can be regularly found asking (in my best North London Geezer voice) "what's your best" at Sunbury Antiques Market. In my spare time I occasionally channel my inner Lovejoy and sell some of my finds at vintage markets with my good friend Sally.
This blog is my way of sharing both my love of interiors and what my family refer to as my "database" of places to eat and sleep that combine stylish decor and great food with a relaxed approach to 3 lively kids. Whilst I will be heading up the interiors and swanning off on holiday content of the blog, I have also called in a crack team of foodies, cocktail creators, culture vultures and style queens to teach me how to wear slipper mules, craft buttercream based unicorns, and muddle a mint julep.