Interior design is a passion of ours at The British Blanket Company. We love the conversations we have with customers who call to chat over their design ideas and seeing how they incorporate our pure wool throws in their gorgeous schemes. To showcase more of the inspiring designs people create with our blankets, we've created this new blog series we think you'll love.
In the first instalment of our Designer Spotlight Series, we speak to Helen Hood of Hill House B&B in Wiltshire, to find out how she combined colour and cosiness when designing two new luxury shepherd's huts.
Meet the Designer
In a previous life Helen was an interior designer and stylist. She has a love for applied arts and studied History of Art at Oxford University as a mature student. Helen still undertakes design projects, but these are usually conservation or research based.
How did you get started in interior design?
I’d say my interest was sparked at the age of five, when I was given a huge Swedish doll's house - it is an amazing time capsule of mid century design!
Where do you find inspiration?
What elements are essential for a cosy room?
Being comfortable and practical. Nina taught me every chair needs a companion to talk to, a place to put your drink. And of course in the country, it’s often about being warm - wool blankets are so perfect for that.
Is there one piece of advice that you can give to someone who is looking for a quick refresh in their home?
Rearrange the furniture and paintings! Sometimes you don’t need to spend anything, you just need to see your space with fresh eyes. I loathe throw away culture and "buy well, buy once" is my mantra. If you buy things you truly love, you don’t tire of them and interior style goes round in circles. About time too, as I have seen enough greige to last a lifetime - colour really lifts the soul!
It can be fun to ring the changes by having two sets of cushions, throws and lampshades - a summer set and a winter set - and change with the seasons. This way you can take advantage of differences in light and create splashes of seasonal colour.
Helen has embraced subtle colour in all her interior design choices - even the glassware is tinted to add interest and warmth
What was the inspiration for Hill House B&B?
We were inspired by a couple who ran an incredible B&B on the Helford River (to us they had created perfection) and by houses I had stayed in in New England. I would love a clapboard house!