Interior designer and independent agent Thirzie tells us how she created the interior of her first home from found objects, why it takes time to create a home, and the ways a childhood spent in Wales shaped her aesthetic style and notion of home.
Can you tell us a little about your home?
Thirzie : “My boyfriend makes fun of me because I always come back from my travels with an extra bag packed full of bizarre objects & pieces of furniture. My most recent find was a large oak burr, found whilst walking in the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland.”
“I like that most of what’s here has a story, and isn’t just a collection of aesthetically pleasing objects. Some of the textiles, for example, were made by my sister Rose from pieces of Hull Traders fabrics, which was a Revolutionary Post-War Fabrics and Furniture design company founded by my grandfather Tristram Hull. The ceramics are made by my favourite potter, Malcolm Turner, who works out of his studio in my father’s woodland in Herefordshire”
“I grew up in Wales, in a little railway village. Spending so much time around raw, natural things like wood, rock and earth has informed the way that I create interiors. It takes time and seasons for a house to start feeling like a home.”
“My apartment is full of things that have a tactile quality, I am really into bamboo at the moment and burr wood furniture. I feel that for a home to have a cosy quality, there must be lots of natural materials, soft edges and some imperfections!”
What advice would you give to first time home-hunters looking for their dream home?
“ Look at ‘the bones’ of the property, you will never be able to change which side of the house the sun rises, but you can strip off the awful 80’s wallpaper or replace the kitchen units. Buying a home is overwhelming and can leave you feeling confused. It is an age-old adage, but sleeping on big decisions can be invaluable.”
Where do you feel most at home?
“That’s a tricky question! I’ve lived in a few different cities and enjoy living in a metropolis, but I think that I feel truly at home waking up to the birds singing in my father’s cabin in the woods.”