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This week, we met Style At Home’s Deputy Home Editor Cassie Pryce…
CP: I wouldn’t say I have a particularly set routine in my day-to-day job — no two days are the same! Some days I’ll be styling a real home for a photoshoot and others I’ll be upcycling a table for a craft feature. I spend a lot of time looking for inspiration for craft projects (I’m totally addicted to Pinterest!) and writing a whole mixture of features for the magazine. I compile shopping pages for each issue and love getting a sneak peek of all the new products launching in stores.
CP: I love seeing the projects that the Style at Home readers get up to! It’s great to see them trying out our projects or having a go at their own and then sharing photos with us on Instagram and Facebook. It feels like a little community brought together by a shared interest in crafts and upcycling and it’s lovely to be a part of it!
CP: I’d say the biggest challenge in my job is having serious house-envy! We see so many beautiful homes and decorated sets, it’s impossible not to get a little bit jealous. I’m constantly changing my tastes as I see new things and new trends emerging; it can be hard to resist redecorating every few months! I tend to get my fix by changing up a few small things at home every so often — a few new accessories here and there is normally enough to do the trick.
CP: I’ve always been interested in interiors and, even as a kid, watched anything homes related on the TV. I remember being allowed to decorate my bedroom at the age of 12 and was over the moon! I went for purple walls and funky silver accessories (including a disco ball…of course!).
CP: I love upcycling but sadly don’t have the opportunity to do it much for my own home. Living in a teeny one bedroom flat means I don’t have a lot of room to revamp bigger pieces of furniture, but one day I’d love to have my own studio. I’ve got some great charity shops near to where I live and I’m always popping in to see if I can find any bargain pieces of furniture that I can use for projects in the magazine. I think it’s such a fantastic way to make use of unwanted pieces and it’s great fun coming up with creative ideas to make it into something you’ll love.
CP: Getting in the creative zone in an office environment can be tricky, so I try to switch off from all other tasks whilst I’m working on something creative. I start by browsing Pinterest before homing-in on what I’m looking for specifically, as it’s amazing how much inspiration you can collect without even looking for it. I always draw out my sketches for photoshoots by hand so I can picture exactly what I’m working on and it feels good to get away from the computer and back to basics.
CP: I tend to look all over for inspiration — online, in magazines, in shops and out and about. As a self-confessed Pinterest addict, I always start by looking here for creative ideas (particularly for examples of upcycling) and making a moodboard of ideas to help get my thoughts in order. I’m a big fan of window shopping and generally mooching in shops (particularly charity shops), so I tend to gather ideas looking at displays and products in the flesh. I’m always jotting down ideas on my phone and taking snaps in case I forget them later on!
CP: I follow a lot of florists on Instagram as they always seem to post such pretty pictures! McQueens (@mcqueensflowers) post gorgeous images of bouquets and displays and I love their photography and use of colour. I also follow West Elm (@westelmlondon) to drool over their beautiful products!
CP: Although people don’t tend to spend an awful lot of time here, I’d say having a beautiful hallway is really important to me. I want to walk in from a day’s work and immediately feel at home and relaxed, so I take pride in making sure it’s well-decorated and tidy. It’s also the first impression people get when they come into your house, so it’s important the space reflects you and your home.
CP: Hmm, that’s a tricky one as I’m forever changing my mind! At the moment, I’m dreaming of a beautiful Georgian house with high ceilings and original sash windows. I’d like an open plan shaker-style kitchen diner and a garden with a studio at the bottom to do my craft projects.
CP: I think the marble trend is here to stay for a while longer and we’ll see that coming through in lots of homewares. It can be a bit pricey though so I discovered that marble-effect vinyl is great for making your own pieces; I upcycled a side table for the December issue of Style at Home using copper spray paint and covered the tabletop with marble sticky-back plastic. It was really easy to do and looks a lot more expensive than it was!
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