Interior design expert Ellie Tennant is a freelance journalist, stylist and author with a superb sense of style. She joins us here at Junior with a new monthly column – ‘Creative Home’
Introducing Junior's new monthly family interiors columnist, Ellie Tennant
Covering the best buys and creative projects to turn your baby’s room into a stylish space we would like to introduce the latest member of our team... Ellie Tennant
Ellie’s new ‘Creative Home’ column will be published every month here on Junior, covering interior design ideas for beautiful baby rooms. She is also on the judging panel for the Junior Design Awards 2016. We find out a bit about Ellie, behind the scenes...
How did you become an interiors addict?
I studied English Literature at university and always loved writing. Then, I worked at magazines such as Ideal Home before going freelance and nowadays I spend most of my time compiling features for magazines – such as Homes & Antiques, Style at Home, Country Homes & Interiors and The Observer Magazine - writing about inspiring interiors, interviewing homeowners or penning in-depth pieces on specific home-related topics.
I gather images, source stories, write copy, edit pages and sometimes style real homes for photo shoots. I also write and style books – my latest release is called Chic Boutiquers at Home (£19.99, Ryland Peters & Small) and explores the homes of online shop owners. There’s also a chapter about how to set up your own online boutique.
What did you want to be 'when you grew up'?
I always wanted to be a writer – an author or a journalist. I spent a lot of my spare time making ‘books’ for my younger sister and recording radio shows on a cassette player. I also went through a phase of wanting to be an archaeologist and dug lots of holes in the back garden looking for ‘artefacts’!
Flexa adjustable baby and toddler cot bed, £399, Cuckooland
What’s your favourite interiors trend?
I’ve seen fashions and fads come and go over the years and it’s hard not to be influenced by what’s ‘new’ or what’s ‘cool’ but I find these days I’m much less concerned about what is the latest look and am instead drawn to simple, timelessly-stylish interiors. I suppose this is the one ‘trend’ that is the most enduring, really – that is well-made, artisanal pieces that have clear origins, are beautiful, practical and long-lasting.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I love decorating the Edwardian cottage I share with my husband, Rob, and pottering about in the garden or on my allotment. Even my shed is ‘styled’! I also love simple pleasures - country walks, camping, travelling, browsing at vintage markets and cooking.
What are your favourite pieces of furniture?
I have a vintage 1950s larder unit, which I painted French Grey and use for storage. I also have a pair of beautiful teak Cintique chairs that I bought on eBay and had re-upholstered in dark charcoal Bute wool fabric which I love. My most recent purchase was a pair of Canadian Muskoka garden chairs – they’re the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat in.
Ellie will be writing her monthly column here on juniormagazine.co.uk.
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Flexa adjustable baby and toddler cot bed, £399, Cuckooland (pictured above)