British interior stylist, designer and journalist, Sophie Robinson, invites us into her wonderfully eclectic home brimming with personality – and what a delight it is!
As a judge on BBC 2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge and over 20 years’ experience in the interiors world, it’s clear to see why Sophie has established herself as a styling guru with an outstanding eye for timeless pieces and classic design.
We’d thoroughly recommend you check out Sophie’s blog – filled with bright images, decorating tips and lovingly put together videos. Much like Sophie’s home, it’ll inspire you to put your own stamp on the space you create. In Sophie’s words; “My own home is a random collection of things I love, which, through experience, I’ve managed to make ‘hang together’. The result is a home that’s unique and authentic. If this inspires you to get creative with your own space then I hope you’ll love my blog”.
What does home mean to you?
My home is somewhere where the people I love the most live. It’s our family space and a place we all share. I also like to have an open door policy as it never feels better when it is brim full of our family and friends
How would you describe your style when it comes to decorating your home?
My style is very eclectic. I love designing organically so there are lots of old pieces I’ve owned or family items that have been handed down combined with new things, as I love the creativity of contemporary design. But I love the memories and nostalgia of old pieces too.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
My tapestry patchwork bench. My birdcage lamp. My Jonathon Adler pot.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Don’t get hung up about what other people think. It’s the one thing that stifles peoples creativity. Get in touch with what you like and go for it. And if you think it looks rocking, chances are other people will too. If they don’t like it? Well its probably not their thing, so chances are you won’t be impressed by their gaff either.
What do you think is the next big interiors trend and why?
Patterned carpet. We saw it at the Milan Furniture fair last year, so it’s only a matter of time before we see it back in our homes. But it’s not polite, it’s bold!
Where is your happy place in the home?
In bed. Cuddled up with my son Arthur, a cup of tea in the morning and a look across the views from my window is the best way to start the day.
A perfect Sunday is…
Hanging out with my husband and my son, doing up our new house or working in the garden and then having everyone over for lunch.
Photographer: Alun Callender