A topical chat with Caroline Robertson about the Lulu Lytle refurbishment of No.11 Downing Street commissioned by Carrie Symonds & Boris Johnson. John Lewis, making an interior change on a budget, and what a high-end interior designer can bring to a project were all covered in our conversation. There are lots of positives in both the high street and high-end approaches. Let’s leave the politics out of it and celebrate John Lewis as a British company and Lulu Lytle as a champion of the integrity of the manufacturing process; Lulu ensures every piece is made in Britain by a network of workshops excelling in traditional crafts.
I really enjoyed speaking with BBC Radio Cumbria about the way that lockdown has affected how we view the design of our homes. It really got me thinking about homes serving as temporary workplaces, schools, and gyms, and how we’ve all begun to think about what makes us happy, what makes us comfortable, and what is important for us in our home. The new normal will see many more of us needing permanent and flexible home-working, exercise and schooling areas, in energy-efficient properties and with outside space being a must.
I spoke with Mike Zeller on BBC Radio Cumbria’s Breakfast Show about creating sustainable and eco-friendly Christmas decorations using natural materials. I love being out and about in the fresh air, so encouraged others to explore nearby hedgerows, woodlands and even their own gardens to forage for foliage. Larch, fir, holly and ivy are all perfect for making statement decorations that can be hung or displayed in vases around the home. We also took on the debate around faux or real trees – and the perils of drooping branches.