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Flân’ Club: Stacey Sheppard, Devon, UK

Stacey Sheppard is a freelance writer and blogger. She first became interested in interior design whilst working as Staff Writer for Kitchen & Bathroom Designer magazine. She has written for a number of print and online publications including Devon Home Magazine, World Interiors News, Freshome.com, and The Art of Bespoke. As her blog grew, so did the recognition. Over the years, The Design Sheppard has been consistently ranked as one of the top interior design blogs in the UK by organisations such as Cision, Vuelio, and HIBS100. She lives in Devon with her husband and two daughters. Discover her passion for all things design-related today on the Design Sheppard. Tips from one Flaneur to another.

If you could describe the Design Sheppard in one word. 

Inspirational.

How would you describe your own apartment in one word?

Cosy.

What makes a home in one word.

Family.

How would you describe your taste in one word?

Varied.

Where do you find your inspiration for your writing?

I read a lot. I spend time on social media listening to the industry and monitoring the trends and the developments and engaging with people.

Describe your philosophy when it comes to decoration. 

Always go with what makes you feel good. Only follow trends if they really resonate with you and not just because everyone else is doing it.

Your favourite object in your home.

I would have to say my bed. Since having children and experiencing the severe lack of sleep that comes with that, I have realised just how important it is to invest in a good quality bed. Given how much time we spend in bed, this really isn’t the place to try to save money. 

Can you describe Devon for those who have never been? 

Devon is amazingly beautiful. It is full of stunning scenery and views from sandy beaches, and fossil cliffs, to moorland national parks. There are lots of waterside market towns to visit that are very picturesque. It’s the perfect place to visit if you want to enjoy a calmer pace of life and get close to nature. 

Best advice you could give about decorating one’s home? 

I would say: take your time. It easy to rush into decorating but it takes time to work out what your style is and what you want your home to say about you. This is especially important if you’ve just moved into a new place. Instead of doing everything as fast as possible, take some time to live there first, work out how you want to use the space, how you want each room to make you feel, what the light is like throughout the day etc. Then you can make informed decisions that you won’t regret down the line.

What are the new trends people should keep an eye out for? 

Biophilic design is really starting to make its mark in interiors at the moment. We’ve been seeing it in hotels, workplaces, and public spaces but also in residential interiors. Look out for lots of plants and greenery, natural materials, an earthy colour palette, natural light, and views out to nature.

Define bad taste in interiors?

Extravagance and opulence and overt displays of wealth.

Your favourite hotel/restaurant in the world. 

I always look for design-hotels that offer something different. I was really surprised when a hotel right on my doorstep here in Devon got an amazing makeover. Gara Rock is a boutique hotel near Salcombe that rivals any top-class design hotel that you might find in Europe’s many capital cities. It is perched on a clifftop overlooking the sea with breathtaking views.

Favourite address for decoration in London/ in the world.

I recently discovered the Olea All-Suite Hotel in Greece and it was love at first sight. It’s definitely the top of my travel bucket list. 

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