I have a keen eye for vintage pieces. I live near Pimlico Road and I love all the stores on that street. I also spend an unhealthy amount of time scouring online sites such as Vinterior, 1stDibs and Chairish for furniture. I have a large collection of pieces which I’ve collected over the years, but I’d love to own something by Trix & Robert Haussmann. Some of my other favourite brands include Jan Hendzel, which has a great studio in London for tables, chests and other wooden pieces; Ian Felton Studio for furniture; Made-a-Mano for tiles; Tom Dixon; and Blackman Cruz, an LA-based antique store. That said, I’m always amazed at high-street homeware these days. Beautiful design is so accessible now thanks to the likes of Zara Home and H&M Home.
When it comes to finishing touches, vintage is my go-to. I must be one of eBay’s best customers! I look out for sculptures by Massimiliano Pelletti, rugs by Floor Story and The Rug Company, glassware by Reflections Copenhagen, and ceramics by Sarah Nedovic and Wedgwood Jasperware.
I find inspiration all around me. That means art, design, human behaviour, museums, heritage, antiques and nature. One of my favourite spots is Sir John Soane's Museum in Holborn, which has a brilliant collection of eclectic items and curios. Instagram is another good source for inspiration. My favoruite accounts are: @The_Re_Agency, @DimoreStudio, @BlackmanCruz, @TonyDuquetteOfficial, @MaximalistStudios, @Monument-Store, @SpaceAge_Mood, @_DreamSpaces, @Objet_LA_NY and @80s_Deco.
If you’re decorating a masculine space or home, don’t be afraid of personality and beauty. These can be strong and powerful. Colours, textures, patterns and variety will all come together when it’s about how it makes you feel, rather than pleasing others. You can create softness with warm colours and cosy textures. Design that matches your character will also be appreciated, such as artwork, as will allowing for a little bit of mess. I am always suspicious of overly clinical, bare homes, especially when books are used only as decorative props. My own home is a real collection of found, bought, old and new pieces, but they all work together as a family. I love my Capitello chair by Studio 65, my heart chair by Verner Panton and my set of Tom Dixon spot tables.