It’s still early days for us here at Layer and there’s nothing quite like getting a supportive tweet from someone who has just discovered us. So when we read this tweet from one of our favourite bloggers, we were pretty pleased with ourselves, “Just discovered the pre-loved beauties at @layerhome – how did I NOT know about this shop/site before?!”
We immediately got in touch with Jaime Tung of London-based lifestyle blog Angloyankophile and asked for an interview her about her love of French antiques and Scandi-inspired style…
What is your blog in a nutshell?
Angloyankophile is a London-based lifestyle blog with a focus on food, travel, and interiors. It’s personal, too. I often write about life as an American expat in London (hence the name, Anglo-yank-o-phile!) and all the ups and downs that I’ve experienced as a result.
What does home mean to you?
Home is where the heart is! I mean that. As an expat who’s lived in London for nearly a decade, I’ve allowed myself to call two different places “home”: my house in the Pacific Northwest where my parents still live, and the house I own with my husband in London. Home is where I feel happiest and safest. When I come home from work in the evening, I toss my keys in the silver tray by our door, kick off my shoes, and let out a sigh of relief. I’m always glad to be home.
How would you describe your style when it comes to decorating your home?
A mix of vintage (we’re big fans of French antiques) and Scandi-inspired style. Often, a little eclectic: I tend to collect objects I’ve seen in photos or magazines that I decided I just had to have. My husband will often stop mid-sentence to ask, “What in the world is that gold pineapple doing there? Is that new?” or “Where did this pom-pom pillow come from?” Guilty as charged!
Where do you find inspiration for design?
I think my decorating style is very much influenced by our travels around the world. Framed postcards from Sri Lanka hang on our walls and we went crazy for the antique markets in Bordeaux, even fitting a little wooden bench in our carry-on tote! When I see something I like, I buy it – I never think, “Oh, this won’t go with that.” I always find a way to make it work! I love the Danish concept of “hygge” – creating a sense of coziness and comfort in the home – but I’m also inspired by the bright, airy spaces of American and Australian interior design, which I’ve tried to recreate in our own London abode. Other than that, I hoard interior design magazines and browse lots of blogs. Pinterest is the worst! I end up spending hours on there.
What would be your top interior design tip?
Start small: thinking of an entire room at once can be very overwhelming. I like styling little corners within rooms and leaving them there for a week or so to see how I feel about it. Also: be yourself. For example, I love those monochrome, minimalist workspaces/living rooms that always appear on Instagram. You know, the ones with a fiddle leaf fig plant growing in the corner and a copper mesh bin perching just so next to it. I admire these spaces, but have learned to accept that the monochrome “look” just isn’t me. I’m a big fan of colorful and bright!
Where is your happy place in the home?
Our guest bedroom. I tend to sleep there when I’m sick and I’m in “quarantine”, as my husband likes to joke. It’s so comforting. My parents stayed there when they came to visit last year, and my friends often sleep over in that room, so I think it carries a lot of good energy. It’s also John’s “getting ready” room in the morning because he leaves much earlier than me for work, so it has all his little effects and clothes. We have a beautiful French antique dresser that we bought from an antiques dealer in Walthamstow that I love, plus a vintage map of North America that we picked up at an antiques market in Bordeaux. It hangs on the wall opposite the bed, so I like seeing it when I open my eyes!
A perfect Sunday is….
During the summer, waking up late and throwing open the doors to our garden downstairs; enjoying a home-cooked brunch (prepared by John!) with the radio playing in the background; visiting a food market in the afternoon and having a picnic in Epping Forest before watching the sun set from wherever we are. In the colder months? Staying firmly put under the covers and having a “duvet day”!
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