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Interview with Interiors Addict Editor

From her passion for luscious velvet to stunning overseas hotel interiors, we had a chat with Jen Bishop from Interiors Addict about her favourite design trends, and her tips on how to babyproof your home - in the most stylish way possible.  ..

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31 Jan 2017

Interview with Interiors Addict Editor

From her passion for luscious velvet to stunning overseas hotel interiors, we had a chat with Jen Bishop from Interiors Addict about her favourite design trends, and her tips on how to babyproof your home - in the most stylish way possible. Profile photo: Photography by Melissa Histon

1. How would you describe your own personal interiors style?

As much as I'm always reading and writing about the latest trends, my own style is relatively classic. I do like a touch of luxury, so I have quite a few touches of gold throughout my home (sofa legs, gilt-edged coasters, lamps). I also love colour but stick to one palette, which for me, always includes navy and some kind of pink!

2. What are some of your favourite interiors trends at the moment?

I'm loving velvet and I have a deep inky blue velvet lounge at home.

3. Are there any trends that you're happy to see go?

I don't dislike copper and marble per se, but the mass market proliferation of homewares in these materials is starting to bore me! I'm also completely over monochrome nurseries and kids' rooms.

4. What are some of the biggest mistakes people often make when it comes to styling their home?

Not planning first or trying to replicate something out of a magazine. Make sure your home is a reflection of you; it'll make you happier!

5. How did your home change when your bub arrived and what tips would you offer other parents-to-be when it comes to styling the home?

My home didn't change as much as everyone told me it would and I stubbornly hung onto all my nice things until Sebastian was able to crawl and grab them! Coffee table displays have become a definite no-no and I have to be careful where I put candles! I have definitely become more minimalist but that's mainly because there's so much extra stuff that comes into your home when you have a child! I store Seb's toys in nice looking lidded baskets. I haven't really changed things that much other than make them safe. That velvet sofa is surprisingly forgiving. There's not much you can't get out with baby wipes! I'd advise other parents that storage is key to keeping your home looking half decent. There needs to be a place for everything to go back at the end of the day. I'm a big believer in packing away the toys (or getting them to do it themselves when older) so mum and dad can enjoy a clutter-free, calm environment every evening! Oh, to have space for a playroom! That is my dream!

6. What's your favourite room in your home and why? My bedroom. It's our grown-up, cosy sanctuary and pretty much the only place without kid's stuff in it. That said, it's not unusual to find the odd toy car on the bedside table…

7. What are some of your favourite spaces in the world and why?

Being a massive interiors addict, I love staying in hotels which are a bit different inside. The newly renovated Primus in Sydney is just gorgeous if you love Art Deco and I'm a big fan of the QT in Sydney too. Two of my favourite hotels overseas are The Hotel D'Angleterre in Geneva (the epitome of luxury boutique hotel) and Culloden House in Inverness (with its sweeping driveway, walled garden, four-poster beds and roaring fireplaces, it's historic and elegant, not to mention the bagpiper who plays before dinner).


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