This week we managed to steal a little time from one of our favourite stylists, Cassie Pryce, so we took the opportunity to find out more about life as a stylist and extract some of her valuable interior expertise…
For those who aren’t familiar with your work, can you tell us a little bit about your career in interiors?
“My name is Cassie and I’m a freelance interior stylist and writer, living in London but working all over the country for photo shoots. Prior to taking the plunge into the world of freelance, I was the Deputy Homes Editor on Style at Home magazine and, before that, the Lifestyle Editor on Wedding magazine. My work now involves sourcing, styling and writing about real homes for various interiors publications, as well as compiling shopping features and taking on some craft projects when I get the time. Ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by interior design (being allowed to decorate my bedroom, aged 11, in bright purple and lime green with a disco ball to top it all off was an early highlight of my career!), so I feel very lucky that it’s now something I get to do every day”
Which interiors trend do you think seems to have stood the test of time? One that’s come and then never really gone?
“Grey is most definitely the new neutral and this has really stuck in interiors over recent years. It’s such a versatile colour and is synonymous with a feeling of calm, which I think many of us crave in our homes to counterbalance our hectic lifestyles”
What would your advice be to someone who wants to get longevity from of their décor and avoid it looking dated quickly?
“Personally, I think choosing pieces for your home that you love is key to designing a scheme that will stand the test of time. It’s easy to get caught up in trends as they come and go, but a home needs substance and depth which only comes from filling it with things that mean something to you”
“Don’t feel tied to a particular look – mixing and matching is all part of what makes our homes unique”
If you were creating a quintessentially country look, what would be your key pieces?
“Whenever I’m asked to pull together a scheme for a country look, a wooden dresser is always first on my list. Whether it’s for a kitchen, dining room or even living room, it’s a statement piece of furniture that is perfect for styling up with accessories to bring the room to life”
“A classic dining set can also really set the tone for a quintessential country look – a chunky wooden dining table and spindle-back chairs spring to mind, even more so when painted in an off-white or duck egg colour”
Who or what gives you interior inspiration? Someone or something that keeps your interior interest alive?
“I’m a self-confessed Instagram addict and am always scrolling through feeds looking for interiors inspiration. My account is cassie.pryce and I use the app to showcase my own work as well as get inspiration from other accounts”
“There is a huge interiors community on Instagram where people share snaps of their homes and it’s lovely to be a part of it – there’s something very refreshing about looking at images of real homes rather than always seeing perfectly prepped magazine-worthy shots”
What’s your favourite piece of furniture?
“When I spotted this rickety old ladder in a second-hand shop a few years ago, I instantly knew it would be a very handy prop to add to my collection! Much to my boyfriend’s dismay, I returned home with it and announced that it would live in our bedroom as a rack for throws and scarves (which was met with equal dismay). After cleaning it up, applying a lick of new paint and then distressing the paintwork slightly, it now proudly sits in our bedroom as a very handy storage rail. Aside from this, it has proven to be an invaluable prop for bedroom and bathroom photo shoots!”
Check out Cassie’s beautiful website for bags of interior inspiration www.cassiepryce.co.uk