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ABOUT GROWING SPACES

Interiors is my passion, and I started Growing Spaces back in 2011 when I moved from south London out to Berkshire with my husband and our twins. It started out as a way to share how we were turning a dated 1970s house into a creative family home, but has expanded to include anything that piques my interest, from decorating tips, to family-friendly travel ideas, to days out with the kids, to craft and DIY tutorials. What I love about Growing Spaces is that it’s my place to be creative – I hope that my readers feel inspired by my posts, whether it’s by a great styling tip or a clever craft project.

MY BACKGROUND

I’m an interiors journalist who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 18 years, both in-house and as a freelancer. I’ve written features on everything from project-managing a successful bathroom project, to choosing the right oven, to trend reports and styling advice. As well as contributing to mags, I’ve also been an editor and commissioning editor. When it comes to interiors planning, advice and styling, I know my stuff.

Goodness knows how many homes shoots I’ve been on – definitely in the hundreds – both on location and in the studio. As well as being hands-on either styling or art-directing, I’ve also had extensive experience commissioning freelance photographers and stylists.

I’ve also tried my hand at video content – I’ve presented craft videos for idealhome.co.uk and we collaborated on a YouTube channel called Heather At Home. I also have my own YouTube channel, Heather’s Space. This was a weekly series where I  tackled all the unfinished jobs and DIY projects around my house, as well as zoning in on others areas of my life that could do with a bit more time and energy. I have also presented a series of six videos as part of Dunelm’s #HiberNation campaign.

I have previously worked with:

[copy writing and shoot styling] Ideal Home magazine, Ideal Home’s Complete Guide to Christmas, Style At Home, Beautiful Kitchens, Country Homes & Interiors, Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, 25 Beautiful Homes, Essentials, Mollie Makes, Dulux, Tesco, Sainsbury’s Magazine, 91 Magazine

[presenting] Idealhome.co.uk, Dunelm Mill, Sharps Bedrooms

[blog collaborations] B&Q, Laura Ashley, Wayfair, Liberty, West Elm, Notonthehighstreet, Etsy, Utopia Bathrooms, Carpetright, Dulux, Valspar and many more

[travel collaborations] Just So Festival, , Timber Festival, The Good Life Experience, Canopy & Stars, Norfolk Country Cottages

[public speaking] Blogtacular