It’s time for a hot new edition of our Design Insights Interview and this week features the ever so stylish architecture journalist and lifestyle blogger Cate from Cate St. Hill. Let’s take a look into her creative world:
Where did your love for architecture, design and interiors begin? Right from when I was a child, I used to like moving my bedroom furniture around, there was always art and design books on the living room coffee table and family holidays were to beautiful cities full of architecture, art museums and galleries, rather than lying prostrate on a beach.
It was probably when I moved up to London and studied architecture at The Bartlett at University College London that I really fell in love with architecture, design and interiors. Compared to my fairly suburban upbringing, I found the city full of creative possibilities – you can go to a different exhibition each weekend but there’s also great, inspiring buildings such as The Barbican towering overhead or smaller, intimate pieces of the city such as Sir John Soane’s Museum to visit.
What’s your favourite part of being an architecture journalist and super-stylish lifestyle blogger? My favourite part of being an architecture journalist is getting out there, travelling and seeing all sorts of wonderful things I would often do in my spare time anyway, from exhibitions, temporary structures and pavilions to new buildings and also chatting to designers, creatives and architects.
On the other hand, what I like about being a blogger is being able to share those things on a more personal level, sharing what I’m passionate about and interacting more with readers, in comments as well as on Instagram and Twitter. It’s also great meeting and chatting with other bloggers with like-minded interests, whether it’s digitally or face-to-face.
‘I keep my creativity alive by….’ constantly trawling through Pinterest and Instagram, I’m addicted! Probably rather predictably for a journalist, I’m also obsessed with magazines, so I have piles and piles of Kinfolk, Cereal, Openhouse, The Gentlewoman, Elle Decoration and Vogue around the house that I can flick through whenever there’s a dull moment. But sometimes there’s nothing better than getting out the house and taking your camera, the city can provide a lot of inspiration.
Your blog features lots of your travel adventures, where has been your favourite place to visit? My favourite place so far has probably been Amsterdam (see my travel guide here!), I could easily live there. The atmosphere seems so much more relaxed than London, there’s something about the water and the bicycles. There were so many cute design shops, boutiques and coffee shops – that’s what I like doing in a city, taking time, following your feet and not the map, and seeking out good coffee!
A recent design discovery you adore? Studio Oink (isn’t the name great?!), a German design practice set up last year whose work ranges from styling to interior design and photography, they even have an online shop too. Their instagram account is amazing!
Current design crushes? I really like the beautiful products of Scandinavian brand House of Rym, they do really cute cups and saucers as well as patterned throws and blankets, which I want to scatter all over the house. Their latest catalogue is the stuff of dreams: a trip to the sunny coast of Sweden for a day of eating and entertaining, take me there!
Describe your interior style… My interior style is quite laid-back and contemporary, almost Scandinavian, I like lots of clean, refreshing white walls, but with dashes of pattern and colour from accessories or vintage items I’ve picked up from antique markets or my travels. My favourite colour is grey and I think that says alot!
Describe your dream home … My dream home would be in a lovely Georgian property, with big windows, letting in lots of natural light, but with a modern interior, full of design classics by the likes of Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames. There would be lots of books everywhere, fresh flowers all the time and a sunny garden out the back.
What’s your most cherished possession? Probably the photographs of family and postcards from various travels that are pinned up around the home, they’re what really makes it personal.
What’s been your biggest achievement since starting your beautiful blog? I was very lucky enough to be shortlisted for the Amara Interior Blog Awards last year, it was a fantastic achievement and was so great meeting so many lovely bloggers at the event.
What does the future look like for you? I’m actually writing a book at the moment on temporary architecture for the RIBA so that’s keeping me busy! Other than that, I want just to continue to travel and be inspired.
Which Brabantia item is on your must-have wish list? I like the look of the Stackable Glass Jars, they look super practical but stylish at the same time. I would love my cupboards to be organised and have everything where I can see it, maybe one day!
All images credited to: Cate St. Hill