Interior designer, visionary and ‘magpie’, Hollie Bowden founded her own London-based design practice in 2013 and the studio has gone from strength to strength.
Having trained at the prestigious KLC School of Design, Hollie has showcased her undeniable talent for creating beautiful residential and commercial spaces in London, LA and Ibiza.
Here Hollie tells us why we should always invest in key, treasured pieces and why she believes that her own home is a sanctuary where she surrounds herself with all the things she loves…
Where do you find your design inspiration?
On my travels mostly! Wandering through antique shops gives me endless inspiration, I look at sculptures and shapes. My friends influence me a great deal, they all have unique taste and a great sense of identity and I feel we all inspire and spur each other on in our various creative endeavours.
What would be your top interior design tip?
Invest in good, key pieces that you’re always going to love. Do the projects that you love and do what is true to you. As much as I think it’s a skill to be diverse and varied in your work, I think it is most important to find your vision and your voice as that is what will set you apart.
What do you think is the next big interiors trend and why?
Mirrored ceilings in the bedroom.
What does home mean to you?
Home is the place where I house all of my belongings and surround myself with all the things I love. It gives me so much pleasure to sit in my living room and quietly pour over all my magazines (I have a collection of old 70s Architectural Digest) and big design books.
I’ve been here for about 7 years and it has changed so much, as my tastes change, so I suppose it’s somewhere I’ve enjoyed experimenting too, I’ve scaled back and got more minimal as I’ve got older and upgraded all the materials and pieces over time, I love how it is at the moment but I’m sure it won’t stay the same for long.
It is a real sanctuary to return to as I am away so often, it gets a lot of natural light and has quite a zen feel in its current setup, I like to work from home when I can as it’s so peaceful here.
It has a south facing balcony which is great in the summer and I love to entertain there, we’ve had loads of great dinner parties and hosted birthdays, it’s nice and open and lends itself to socialising, I think other people feel at home here.
What is your most treasured vintage piece?
I’m a collector and a magpie and a self-confessed shopaholic, I am forever bringing home treasured pieces so I’d have to say that at the moment it is my chair collection, namely a pair of Thonet Executive Swivel Chairs. I’ve got a mini designer chair collection too, the Ron Arad Well Tempered is my fave!
Where is your happy place in the home?
A perfect Sunday is….
Hanging out at home with my girlfriends trying on all my clothes – I collect clothes too, it’s quite out of hand, sometimes I have to be brutal and do a big purge but it doesn’t take me too long to top it up again, it’s endless, I love playing dress up!
If you could have any piece from our website, what would it be and why? Where would it be placed?
There’s loads of things I could choose but these Knoll Eero Saarinen Executive Chairs are a stand out, I think the leather on them looks beautiful and I’m sure I could find room for them around my dining table.
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