You Inspire Me – International Women’s Day
It’s International Women’s day today and so what best reason to dedicate a post to the top 5 women in the design community who I truly find inspiring and who in some way have inspired me to have achieved what I have today…
A truly inspirational woman who had a dream and has made it into a reality. After quitting her job and managing her blog full time, Decor8 has become a runaway success. Now she is author of Decorate, one of the best selling design books of 2011 and is also busy working on a second book. Oh and did I mentioned she is just the nicest person you could ever meet! Holly is a true example of that dreams are made of.
Her enthusiasm and vigour are truly one of a kind. I’m in awe of her energy and knowledge which she loves to share. Barbara Chandler is a journalist like no other whom I look up to so very much. She is also an incredibly talented photographer where all of her inspirations are captured through her photos. Her Book Love London is a great example of the kind of woman she is.
Human rights and democracy specialist, writer, photographer, designer…. Is there anything this amazing woman cannot do?! I was lucky enough to meet Maryam in Marrakesh last year as I stayed at her boutique guest house, Peacock Pavilions. knowledgeable, funny and warm are 3 words best to describe her. I hope to meet up with her very soon as she really does transmit such positive energy. Look out for her new book Marrakesh by Design released in May.
Talented stylist Sania Pell is another woman whom I feel terribly inspired by. I have always loved her work and find her creativeness one of a kind. I was lucky enough to visit her home and it was so inspiring to notice so many objects she had made herself. After spending a day with Sania, I felt all creative and inspired to really try and push boundaries. Her new book The Homemade Home for Children is out in April.
Abigail Ahern is a force to be reckoned with, full of personality and one of my favourite British interior designers. Definitely not one to shy away from bold colours is what I admire most about her and I absolutely adore her take on design and her no nonsense attitude. With a style of her own, Abigail is someone to feel totally inspired by.