We recently spoke to Zoe, who is an Assistant Lifestyle Editor for Heat, Bella and Closer…
How did you get started in interior design?
I’ve worked across homes interest magazines for nearly 20 years now and still love it as much as I did when I first started back in my early 20’s. Initially I gained a textile degree at university but always had a passion for interiors and after a year of work experience at several interior mags I finally started at Bella as an editorial assistant on the interiors team. Over the years I’ve worked my way up and now I’m still at Bella but I also work across Heat and Closer and I’m lucky enough to work freelance on interior makeovers and house shoots for other home interest mags such as Your Home, HomeStyle, Style at Home and House Beautiful.
What’s your favourite design trend right now?
I loved the copper and grey trend with its slight Scandi feel. It seems to of had real staying power as it’s been around for a few seasons now. I also love the bold statement colours and of course the botanical trends with lots of plants, foliage and rustic woods.
Describe your personal style?
I can flit between a lovely soft colour scheme in the bedroom with a hint of blush, copper and few vintage accessories, but then go full on industrial design in the kitchen and dining room. I love anything that’s got a natural feel, especially my stunning handmade table of reclaimed solid wood with steel legs from roc-furniture.com.
What’s your number one tip when it comes to starting a new decorating project?
Make a mood board, be prepared and know what things you do or don’t like to get the right result. Instagram and Pinterest are great palaces to find gorgeous interior ideas, as there’s so many accounts full of wonderful images from every day homes, which can inspire your own decorating project. It’s also good to set a budget and research is so important as you don’t want to get mid project and realise your budget won’t stretch to the expensive hexagonal floor tiles!
What are your trend predictions for next year?
I still think dark green, deep plum and all those stunning Inky blues, mixed with copper and brass highlights, are still on trend for Autumn/Winter and the love of statement walls is still as popular as ever. There’s been an influx of geometric patterns coming through the recent shows and events and I feel these are going to have a big impact in home trends over the next season or two.
Do you have a favourite design show?
I pretty much love any show that inspires me! Grand Designs is always great fun while the London Design Fair brings together lots of design elements from accessories to lighting, which is always good for inspiration.
What’s your favourite range from Walls and Floors, and why?
I really love the new Nyans floor tiles. They look like planks of wood but are in fact a durable porcelain with a wood grain effect. They come in a variety of colours, from Candy Pink to Smokey Pewter, I think they would look amazing in my bathroom, especially the Indigo Blue colourway, which would really give the room stylish statement!