It's the seventh interior designer interview of our series, and this week we're speaking with Brighton-based interior stylist, Maxine Brady.
We were keen to find out where it all started for Maxine, her favourite design trends and more about her blog, WeLoveHome.
Tell us how it all started, what attracted you most about being an interior stylist?
I started working as an editorial assistant on a magazine after leaving university, and worked my way up to being a Style Editor on various magazines.
I love working with so many creative people, about producing something from nothing, using my brain as well as being very resourceful (often on small budgets)
Which of your projects are you most proud of to date?
So many! I was at House Beautiful for five happy years and produced lots of covers for them, as a freelancer I have worked all over the world shoot in in Cape Town and New York, and then most recently - launching my interiors blog WeLoveHome - this year - which has already won a few awards.
What are your favourite design trends for Winter 2015 / Spring 2016?
I'm in love with Pantone colour of the year - I love pastels the mix of ombre. I've just discovered tiling and how to use it to make a big statement in the home when used in usual ways (I'm about to tile my staircase).
And the movement towards integrated technology in our homes - like lamps with built in usb ports and how it is so much easier to make greener, more eco-friendly choices for our lives.
What do you enjoy most about blogging over on WeLoveHome?
This is my special place to chat about what I love. From DIY advice I've learnt from doing up my own home, to style tips picked up from shoots, to shopping pages and trend pieces. I'm free to discuss any topic!
Are you inclined to use vintage wares in your work/personal projects?
Very much so. My whole home is filled with junk shop finds, gum tree bargains and car boot sale loot. I love a spot of up-cycling and revamping.
Things that are old have stood the test of time, have history and have a story to tell - I love that.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I'm off to Asia in Jan to work on an exciting (secret) project for the blog. I've got a few partners who I am going to be shooting and styling for, as well as launching a new website in 2016 - so lots to keep me busy
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