THE INSIDER…SOPHIE WARREN-SMITH

      

We caught up with freelance interior stylist Sophie Warren-Smith and asked her to share some of her interior wisdom with our Cotswold Co customers.

Here’s what we learned about the lovely lady herself and what it is about interiors that makes her tick…

“After studying printed textiles at Chelsea School of Art, my love of all things colourful and interior based continued after a lucky break working as lifestyle assistant at Woman & Home magazine 17 years ago”

“Since then my freelance career has covered all aspects of interior journalism and styling and I work regularly for Good Homes, Style at Home, Grand Designs, Real Homes, House Beautiful, Ideal Home and Period Living writing features and styling real homes. I’ve also worked for a number of commercial clients on projects for Ikea Life, Freemans, WH Smith’s and Tesco Magazine”

Where can our blog readers find your lovely work? 

“My new blog ‘Dahlia’ was launched in November last year, it covers all things interior including what’s hot on the collaboration front, top trends, what’s to love right now and how to decorate with different shades. You can also click through to my Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to find more inspiration”

Can you give our readers some advice on getting longevity from their interiors?

“Choose classic key pieces like sofas, armchairs, table and chairs that have a timeless style. Update every season by changing the accessories – cushions, throws, table linen, table lamps are all relatively cheap items and if you are on a budget then check out supermarket collections”

“Move pieces around; you can update a room simply by looking at it with fresh eyes. Take a throw off the bed and put it on the sofa, the vase that’s always on the living room mantel – could it be used on the kitchen table instead or in the bedroom? We tend to get a bit stuck sometimes so it’s good to have a change”

If you were creating a classic country look, what furniture would you pick for your key pieces?

“Painted pieces with oak tops are ‘must have buys’ to create the country style look, and they are timeless so will never date. A dresser would be one of my favourite pieces to own, oh so useful and a fantastic place to display favourite mugs and plates”

How do you keep up with interior trends? 

“There are a few trends that appear every year without fail but they’re repackaged with new names – nautical/coastal style being one of them, and animal prints are never far away. Personally, I prefer to keep things simple and I’m not really trend-driven, but I’m a bit of sucker for colourful cushions and throws!”

What keeps your interiors brain interested and inspired? 

“I find Pinterest and Instagram inspiring, and also key magazines like Elle Decoration and Living Etc are always worth buying.

Image Credit Hans Blomquist – ‘In The Mood For Colour’

I’m particularly in love with Hans Blomquist’s new book, In The Mood For Colour, which has some utterly stunning images in it as well as some very useful info on how to use colour successfully”

Tell us about your most beloved piece of furniture?

“I adore our bed! We’ve had it for nearly seven years and it came from Hyder International. It’s a classic iron bed with loads of character and hopefully, will last for decades.

One piece of advice – always buy the best mattress you can afford at the time – it will pay for itself and you’ll sleep much better”

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