Tell us a bit about yourself
Since 2009, The New Victorian Ruralist has featured its eclectic take on interior design with daily lifestyle posts ranging from the rustic to the refined. Aesthetically, you can always depend on The New Victorian Ruralist to set a mood that is about function, comfort, and the art of display. In 2011, The London Telegraph named The New Victorian Ruralist one of ‘The 20 Best Interiors Blogs’ — and deemed it seductively soulful.
What's your interiors style?
When designing my own personal spaces, it is always about what I am drawn to - what I personally find interesting. I never think about any specific design rules, but I do pay close attention to how textures play against each other. I find neutrals to be very comforting, so texture is the best way to keep the eye interested. A great balance of modern cleanliness and rural rusticity always makes me happiest. An antique painted cupboard beside a modern tufted club chair, a cable-stitched Alpaca wool throw against a grey Mongolian lamb pillow, vintage carnival letters upon a modern wallpaper - they all tell a story. They invite me to relax and be comfortable - and, most importantly, focus on the guests I’ve welcomed into my home.
If you had to pick 3 Art pieces to place in your house from Rise Art, what would they be?
Personally, I never think art has to “fit” the style of a home. What pleases the eye, hits a nerve, or causes reflection is always personal.
First and foremost, there is a story and a history behind this image. Art should captivate on many levels – and this piece certainly is arresting.
I am always drawn to visual texture - and I also enjoy the technical feel of this painting.
I love classic figurative painting, and this wash of a drawing reminds me of one of my favorites - The Skating Minister by Sir Henry Raeburn.