‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ William Morris
When I was thirteen my art teacher noted on my school report that I might become an interior designer. At the time I had no idea what an interior designer was, and when my parents told me I recall thinking that didn’t sound like a real job! Looking back I’m amazed she could predict my future career, at forty I’ve still no idea what I’d like to do!
Throughout my teenage years I often redecorated my bedroom. One scheme involved pulling up the carpet and painting the floorboards black. It was the 1980s and everything was black ash, and black and white Athena prints. I was so proud of my contemporary room that I took some photographs, and there began a lifetime of documenting my changing interior styles.
I have photographs of all my teenage bedrooms, my three student rooms, and every property I’ve lived in since. These have ranged from a tiny studio flat on the Kings Road, Chelsea, to a room in a Victorian townhouse in Worthing. I’m almost certain that if the internet had been around when I was a teenager I would have shared my bedroom photographs online. Although I’m sure my parents would have had something to say about that!
My love of mid-century design, in particular Eames furniture, began when I bought my first flat in 2003. Built in the 1960s I decided to restore the property. I painted every room white and furnished it with mid-century pieces: an arc lamp, Eames DSR chairs, Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair and so on. At the time I didn’t use the internet and I recall contacting modern furniture shops desperately trying to get hold of the ‘Eiffel Tower’ chairs I’d seen in a magazine. More than ten years on and Vitra Eames DSR chairs are still my favourites.
I had to wait until 19th June 2008 to post my first interior photograph on the world wide web, which I did via Flickr under the name of Candy Pop. To celebrate this milestone I’ve posted a few of my interior shots. My taste and style has changed a lot over the years, as I’ve moved away from vintage collecting into the calm and serene world of minimalist living. A journey I have documented here.
Over the years I’ve been honoured to have my home featured in a book (N.E.E.T.), some magazines (Your Home, 91 Magazine, Vintage Life and Mollie Makes), and numerous blogs including A Beautiful Mess, Laura Ashley and Apartment Therapy. I’ve even had my home styled by Selina Lake, which was like a masterclass in interior styling! I’m always amazed at the offers that appear in my inbox because I never feel my home is magazine worthy, I simply create a place I like to live in.
For now I will continue to enjoy my white and grey minimalist rooms, and growing house plant collection. They say we all turn into our parents and my love of plants has definitely been passed down, either that or I’m simply getting old! My interior style is always changing and evolving, and I’ve no idea how things will look in the future. I guess that’s the beauty of life and interior design, you never quite know what will happen next.
Further posts featuring my home can be found here. Happy Summer solstice and have a lovely day!