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Blogger Interview: Cate from Cate St Hill

catesthill-4Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a design and architecture journalist, interiors blogger, and interior design consultant offering advice for people’s decoration projects. I live in London with my French boyfriend.

How long have you been blogging?

I've been blogging for several years now, I don't know what I did before - it has become such an important part of my life. Through the blog, I live and breathe all things interiors and design.

What made you start blogging?

I had changed career paths at the time, from studying to be an architect, to wanting to write about architecture and design for magazines. I wanted an online space to call my own, where I could share all my design inspiration and things that make me tick. Now I share homes I would like to live in in my 'I wish I lived here' posts, design objects to covet in my 'Your home needs this' series, as well as travel guides and snapshots into my own home.

catesthill-five-steps-to-good-nights-sleep-8What advice would you give to people looking to start a blog or magazine?

Just do it! Just go for it and jump in the deep end, you never know what might happen. If it's for a blog, WordPress is really easy to use and pick up. Choose a catchy name and decide what is unique about your blog, what is your unique selling point that stands you out from the crowd. Then stick with it - blogging is a big commitment, but it can be oh so rewarding. I've met all sorts of interesting people, made friends, seen exciting projects and traveled abroad.

Where do you look for design inspiration?

I'm obsessed with magazines, I have piles and piles of them at home that I flick through and tear out pages of when I need inspiration. I love the independent magazines, such as Cereal, The Gentlewoman, and Travel Almanac, and I have got a subscription to Elle Decoration. Otherwise, it's flicking through Pinterest and being inspired by all the wonderful creatives on Instagram.

Who are your favourite all time designers?

The classic modernist designers of the 20th century who brought human scale and sensitivity to functional principles: Alvar Aalto, Eileen Gray, Adolf Loos, Arne Jacobsen. Today, I love the work of Ilse Crawford - her latest collection for Ikea was brilliant.

catesthill-guest-room-makeover-17What is your favourite interior design trend right now?

Even though I'm an interiors blogger, I tend not to pay too much attention to trends. Fashions come and go, but you can have a home for a lifetime, so I prefer to look to spaces that are relaxed, timeless, functional but homely, with a mix of old and new. I do however love cork at the moment and bold, dark walls.

What are you interior design ‘pet hates’?

I'm a lover of neutral colours and fresh white walls with little pops of colour - very scandi. So I'm a bit wary of bright primary colours that can overpower a room. I also hate things that pretend to be something they're not - furniture that is made to look antique but isn't really. Always go for the real thing where you can.

What would your dream home be like?

Ah wow, my dream home - a lovely Georgian home with well-proportioned rooms and big windows. Inside they'd be light grey painted floors, mid-century furniture and lots of cosy textures. There would be plants and flowers everywhere. And a small garden outside!

IMG_4714What are your favourite blogs right now and why?

My favourite blogs are my unfinished home for Scandinavian design, These Four Walls for her beautiful photographs of her travels and Happy Interior Blog for everything to do with plants for the Urban Jungle Bloggers series.

What article on Cate St Hill would you consider your favourite?

I really like my office makeover that I did recently. I'm so pleased with the results, transforming it from mis-matched, tired and cold to light, airy and modern.

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