‘‘Home & Found create houses that are imbued with an easy elegance … inspired by the original homes of artists, collectors, curators, architects and gardeners, her interiors have an artful ‘undoneness’ to them that provides a relaxed backdrop to life.’
Liz Elliot, House & Garden 2022
I believe in refurbishing with a gentle hand and decorating in such a way that it feels like a home has grown organically around family life rather than from a mood board or bursting wallet.
I work on just two or three projects at a time, overseeing the entire process of extending and building or simply refurbishing, decorating and furnishing a home.
I learnt my craft the hard way – buying, extending and restoring a series of rundown houses in my twenties and thirties, whilst running a restaurant consultancy and raising a young family. I learnt how to modernise a house, ensuring it met the needs of modern family life whilst respecting its history and retaining and reinstating its original features. In 2011 I set up Home & Found.
As a keen artist, I approach each project as I do a canvas, with a focus on composition, colour, texture, scale, form and, crucially, light.
I have always loved the thrill of finding and rediscovering the skilfully made, previously loved but now discarded. This in turn is matched by the pleasure I get from finding homes for things – mixing styles and eras, playing with colour, pattern and scale, balancing the familiar with the unexpected and creating a sense of fun and generosity.
Today I am lucky to work in a community of artists, dealers, restorers and craftsmen who value beauty, craftsmanship and provenance.
Tucked away above The Carpenter’s Arms in west London, the studio is a manifestation of my approach.
Each piece represents a personal choice, a chance discovery of something beautiful and unique. I enjoy seeing how things sit together and how even the smallest detail can completely change the feel of a room.
I like the natural, fortuitous, randomness of finding the often neglected and overlooked and the emotional responses which draw people to certain colours and things.
The space is a celebration of the beauty of vintage pieces made by hand and with love. It offers a fertile hunting ground for those who crave craftsmanship and originality and who wish to surround themselves with unique, functional and soulful objects which each tell a story and connect us to the past but which will also hopefully in time go forward into someone else’s future.
‘Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant.’