One of my first jobs, many years ago, was working a styling assistant for interior design magazines. It was my dream job and I was in my element. I still feel incredibly lucky, 10 years on, to be working in an industry I absolutely love. But the best thing about working as a styling assistant was being sent to various location homes around London to help stylists create decorating and styling features. I loved seeing these beautiful location homes in their ‘undecorated’ state (most location homes are stripped back and minimal to allow stylists to bring them to life and create a ‘look’ by adding wallpaper, paint, accessories and furniture). It was during this time that I began to figure out my own style and I was instinctively drawn to the simple, uncluttered beauty of the ‘before shots’ of the homes I visited – I loved walking around these wonderfully calm spaces before the set builders, decorators, photographers, boxes and boxes of accessories and all the associated chaos arrived. I was especially drawn to ‘shabby chic’ style homes where period features were celebrated, floorboards were exposed, sofas were invariable covered in tough, natural-coloured linen and beds were made up in crisp white cotton or linen. Although I don’t get to visit as many location homes these days I still like to browse the websites of some of my favourite location companies to be inspired. On a recent look at the fantastic Light Locations website I found this gem. A whitewashed boathouse on the banks of the River Thames with white-panelled walls, open fires, linen-covered sofas and soaring double-height ceilings – it’s my idea of heaven. Take the tour below. All photos copyright Light Locations.
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