THE INSIDER…TARA KING

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Some people are lucky enough to know exactly what they’re destined to do as a career from a very young age. Tara King is one of those exceptional people. From as far back as she can remember she’s been captivated by interior design and has naturally wanted to translate that passion into editorial advice. As Style Writer for Country Homes & Interiors , her childhood dream came true, so we thought it was high time we learnt a little more about this lovely lady and her natural instinct for interiors.

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So tell us more about how it all started for you? 

 “When I was younger, my best friend and I used to make interior magazines together. We’d spend hours on them, she’d do the artwork and I’d do the writing. We were very proud of them – still are, in fact! After university, I decided to turn my childhood dream into reality and took an internship on a start-up sewing and fashion magazine”

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“From there, I jumped across several craft titles before eventually landing my dream job as Style Writer on Country Homes & Interiors . From selecting gorgeous products and compiling features to interviewing designers and writing blog posts, every day is different. I love what I do and feel so lucky to have such a fantastic outlet for my creativity – I’d go mad if I didn’t!”

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What’s been the most enduring trend you’ve come across during your time in interiors…one that’s come and never really gone?

“There are a few I can think of, but I’d have to say Scandi. We see it return in some shape or form every year! Light, natural materials, and artisan accessories lend warmth to a room, making it a popular choice, particularly in country homes. I love that it works across all seasons – this winter I’ll be recreating the snug feel of a snow-covered log cabin; cosy cushions and throws in soft greys and creams, as well as a statement faux fur throw for cold nights!”

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What would your advice be to someone who wants to get longevity from their décor and to avoid it looking dated quickly?

“When it comes to furniture, choose your mainstay pieces wisely – don’t follow trends, opt for a style that you not only love but can live with too. The same goes for flooring and fittings. You’re unlikely to want to update these on a regular basis, so classic and timeless is key. With a neutral backdrop to work with, you can play around with accessories and textiles as and when, keeping your look fresh and up to date”

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What would be your ‘must have’ piece of furniture if you’re trying to create a country look in your home?

“I would say a beautiful dresser, for sure. They’ve been gracing country kitchens for centuries and have so much personality. I love that you can tell your own story through what you put out on display – mine has a mish mash of mugs that I’ve collected over the years, each with a happy memory behind it”

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Give us some of your key Christmas décor tips, what will you be doing to get the house looking homely this Christmas?

“In my opinion, nature does the job for us when it comes to festive décor. I’m all about bringing the outside in. Pine green, berry red, the colours are beyond beautiful, and the scent is so evocative, too. Deck the halls with gorgeous wreaths and garlands, not forgetting a real tree, of course! Candles would be another top tip – there’s nothing quite like twinkling candlelight to achieve that magical, festive feel”

We’ll be following Tara’s wonderful advice this Christmas in our Dining Decor special. For even more tips and advice from our talented interiors insiders, take a look at the ‘insider’ section of our blog.

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