About

Have you ever been watching a film and, right at a crucial point (a first kiss, say, or the moment the killer is about to be revealed) you think, “Ooh, that’s a nice cabinet / dresser /set of prints!”

I do it all the time.

As a freelance features writer I specialise in women’s lifestyle subjects from crafts to well being, but my particular passion is interiors.

I’m a huge fan of glass jars and photographs (unsurprisingly), mismatched cutlery, travel posters, open shelving, fresh flowers, ceramic tiles, stoneware plates, oak furniture, old books, craft materials and collected items of all shapes and sizes.

Most of all, I’m a big believer in people finding a style they love, that makes them happy, and breaking free of so-called trends, rules and anything that claims to be ‘must have’.

After all, none of us can afford to redecorate every season, and no one wants to live in a catalogue.

So I try simply to live by William Morris’s famous saying: “Do not have anything in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

I hope you’ll join me…

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Ah, furniture: it makes me wish I had a proper house. I have a weakness for furniture.

    I remember a story that a friend of mine told me. She was working as a graduate student in Germany and for various reasons her boss, a mean professor, was withholding her salary – essentially holding her degree and future hostage. For about a year she was incredibly poor, living off her vanishing savings, eating one rice meal a day, etc. etc. On the day she got her degree in hand she turned around and outed him to the university, winning her year’s salary in one lump sum. But what was she going to do with a lump sum the equivalent of £25,000? After a year of poverty, it seemed that there was nothing she wanted. Every day she had walked past a beautiful furniture store that featured a superb cherry dining set in the window. It was handcarved, it was satiny smooth, it was over £5000. She had lusted after it for years. She went into the store with her torn t-shirt and flip-flops and under the shocked eye of the snooty shopkeepers, she bought it with cash and spent a few hundred euros shipping it to her new home in the States.

    I find that story stupidly inspiring.

    Love,
    The Secret Blogging Identity of A.N from Steady Table

  2. Amazing story!! I would definitely do that if I got a windfall 🙂 Glad you found the blog; hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do writing it x

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