You Inspire Me – International Women’s Day

8th March 2012
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…

Holly Becker
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.
Barbara Chandler
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.

Maryam Montague
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.
Sania Pell
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
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.

Images: Holly- Thorsten Becker, Maryam –Carole King.


  1. Igor Josifovic

    8th March 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Happy Int. Women's Day, you fantastic women (yes, you too, Arianna!!!)! Hugs, Igor

  2. Maryam in Marrakech

    8th March 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Oh my goodness…………..this is so so flattering! I think all those other woman are amazing. And babycakes, you're on MY LIST:-)

  3. elisa

    8th March 2012 at 8:50 pm

    brilliant women, so very inspiring. x

  4. Chedva @Rooms and Words

    8th March 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Such great choices. Each an inspiring woman on her own right.

  5. Arianna

    9th March 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks guys for the lovely comments! @Igor and @Maryam that is very sweet of you to say that 😉 sending you all a big hug mwah xxx

  6. Helen Morris

    9th March 2012 at 4:42 pm

    A good list and very worthy ladies.

  7. Barbara Chandler

    9th March 2012 at 11:00 pm

    overwhelmed – love Bx

  8. tina

    10th March 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Great post Arianna and all great women. We should all be proud of the times we live in where we have the freedom to be who we want/meant to be. Here's to all the fabulous women out there…. x

  9. decor8

    16th March 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Wow Ari this is such an honor, you've really touched my heart with this… xo

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