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The Story

I'm a London-based interior stylist, designer, and author with a passion for creating authentic and original interiors campaigns for my clients. For years my interiors mantra has been 'creativity before consumption', a belief that the most interesting interiors are a result of creative thinking, not simply spending lots of cash.  I've been involved almost exclusively in the creative industry for the entirety of my career. Almost 15 years ago I was designing my own line of children's clothing called Spike & Ella. I went on to work as a display artist and visual merchandiser for the Anthropologie stores in Los Angeles, where I spent my days hand-crafting and installing elaborate displays. This led to a brief stint in interior design, which in turn led to styling for photography. 

I've art directed and styled homeware campaigns for many brands, including IKEA, Anthropologie, Laura Ashley, M&S, Mothercare, Graham & Green, and Primark. I've also had the good fortune to travel extensively for work: Paris, Budapest, Bilbao, New York, Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Taipei, Berlin....

In May 2011 I uprooted my family and moved them from the sun and beaches of Los Angeles, where I had lived for many years, back to my hometown of London. I now live in North London with my two teenagers. My kids have put up with the rain, clouds, and the Brits' obsessive tea-drinking, so far without much complaint. And yes, they now have really weird accents.

The Books

In 2012 I began work on my first interiors book with the publisher Ryland, Peters & Small (RPS).  Creating my own books has literally been a dream come true. Modern Rustic was released in October 2013 and received both commercial and critical success. Enough so that I got to make another one. Bohemian Modern was released in February 2015, just in time for the seventies revival to hit the worlds of fashion and interiors. In October 2016 I released Life Unstyled, named after my blog, and focusing on embracing imperfection to create an authentic home.

The Blog

When I'm not styling I write an interiors/lifestyle blog called Life Unstyled where I share some behind-the-scenes tidbits from shoots, the occasional DIY project and generally chat about all things interiors.