What inspired you to start
I was following a few blogs in 2009 (there were a lot less back then) and I was enjoying the content so much, I decided to try my own hand at it and
started photographing and writing.
What else do you do?
I have also been blogging
for Lancôme on their USA site since the beginning of 2014 and I have a column called
Once a week I photograph and write articles about culture, fashion, beauty and
more in Paris for the US market. It’s a fun project and I've always been a
huge fan of the brand, so it’s truly a pleasure working with them. I also create photos and videos for another beauty brand in the US, as well as for their digital
channels. I write and photograph outside of the digital realm too,
including a book for Penguin by Angela Niles that will come out this autumn, and
a guide book to Paris called The Hunt: Paris that will be released by Gatehouse
this spring. Now that those are done I’m working on a book of short stories accompanied
by my own photographs.
What words of advice do you have for someone wanting to forge their own career path?
I’ve been freelancing and blogging for four years now and I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I would like to think
I’ve learned something. Give yourself time to blossom - sometimes things happen
fast, but other things take years to bloom. Also don’t lose energy comparing yourself
to others, instead spend it on trying to do your best work and being more
proactive. Treasure your clients and find a finesse to managing their
expectations, while still going out of your way to keep them happy. Also don’t do
jobs that pay you less than what you are worth, unless you absolutely have to, it's never worth it in the end. Be original, be authentic, and strive to create real value
for the people that you work for, whether it's a client or customer. Put other
people forward for work you think they are suited for and you will find
the favour is often returned later down the line. Be frugal and stay optimistic in
the slow times, ride the wave with grace in the busy times and be thankful for
the work you have. Promote yourself, but never shamelessly. Work hard, wait,
stay positive, get work, work harder, be thankful, repeat.
And now onto your apartment - how long have you lived there and how did you find it?
years! Time flies. It feels like I moved in yesterday. There's no
multiple listing service in Paris, so I found mine the only way one can if they want to buy a flat in Paris. First identify the neighbourhoods you want to live in, and then basically spend all day walking around to individual real estate agencies looking at the listings and leaving your information about what you're looking for. Then hopefully you can start doing visits - I found my apartment fairly quickly, but I had studied the market a lot and knew what I could and wasn’t going to get. Know what you can live without in and what you can’t. And when you you do find something you like, do not hesitate as places get snapped up immediately!
What were the biggest decorating challenges?
In Paris, space is always a challenge and the biggest was my kitchen. The sink and some of the appliances are less than the standard width - I had to go back 12 centimetres or so, otherwise the kitchen wouldn't have fit. Second was my front door. It’s too small to get
most furniture through, so I had to be really clever. That’s actually why I
don’t have a proper couch. The only ones that would fit through the door were the ones from IKEA, as they assembled inside. But they are often so generic, so finally I
opted for a daybed, which is actually awesome because it’s a great place to
stretch out on whilst watching a movie on my laptop and it can actually sit a lot of people on it!
How would you describe your interior style?
Quirky, modern, French.
Favourite piece(s) of furniture/treasures?
favourite piece of furniture is my Louis XV demi corbeille bed. I always wanted
one, but they are so pricey, I wasn’t sure I could swing it. But I found one I
quite liked on ebay for 200€. I just wish you could see it
better in my tiny bedroom! I also love the mirror over my fire place. It was
also a good buy and I think it adds so much to the main room.
Favourite places/shops to buy for your home?
love the Porte de Vanves flea market and of course the Marché Saint Ouen or
Clignancourt as it's also called for all things vintage and antique. For new
furniture with lots of different styles, I really like
Maison du Monde
. You can find some lovely affordable pieces that look great when mixed with older pieces. Of course I always
mix in a bit of IKEA here and there when it's practical. My favorite home shops
in Paris are
in the 4th and
in the 11th.
Interiors/style that have inspired you?
I love little rococo details. Erin Fetherston’s
old apartment in Paris
was really an inspiration as well and
Bijou Boheme’s kitchen
inspired the countertops in mine.
Favourite sources for inspiration?
I use Pinterest for
. Obviously most of
those comes from magazines, including old issues of Domino.
Oddly, I also really like Atlanta Homes magazine and always find
great stuff in there. Also my mom’s design and decor which she posts about
on her blog
is always a place I go for inspiration
for the small decor details and how to repurpose all sorts of objects around
the house for beautiful little corners.
Favourite three social media mavens?
The scandinavian gals have definitely stolen my heart!
is my number one there. On Instagram I love
even though her style is much edgier than mine, I love the way she
curates her life as a photographer. Then for all things beauty I love
and her youtube videos.
Favourite three lifestyle blogs?
Park & Cube
because Shini is an amazing visual designer of all things,
Mariel’s pictures feel so authentic and lived in, and Natalie Joos’
, because she has some great stories that make me laugh and she always takes dreamy trips.
Last good book you read?
Where I Was From
by Joan Didion.
What’s in your magazine pile?
So It Goes
the only magazine I’m into right now. Other than that National Geographic, because it reminds me of being a kid still and being so excited to read them
each month. The only fashion magazines around my house are there just for photo
props for shoots I do. I really hate fashion magazines. I used to read Lula and
still love the imagery, but I got a bit turned off by their exclusive It Girl
club vibe and did away with all of them and my subscription. I tried to still
love them because they were sooooo pretty but in the end I just didn’t identify
with it. I love books but magazines are not really my thing!
What’s in your fridge?
and more tangerines. My Bkr waterbottle, and lots of gourmet mustards of
Evening drink of choice?
Tom Collins, preferably
Tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning, tea in the
Fully charged iPhone and
headphones (I’m always listening to music when I am out), at least one lipstick, a nail file (because it drives me insane when my nails snag on things), at least three credit cards (because I have a
fear of them not working for some reason, so need at least two backups),
and that’s it! I like to travel light.
What do you do to relax?
In all seriousness, I
dance alone a lot in my apartment! It’s kind of like a work out and a stress
reliever. I walk a lot, like maybe at least an hour a day. It is my favorite
activity and where I have all of my ideas. I watch a lot of Vice videos in my
free time too, and also embarrassingly am really into those weird
youtube. I listen to at least one a day.