WITH EMMA PATON
OF FINLAY FOX
Emma aka Finlay Fox is a London blogger based in Stoke Newington, where she lives with her music composer husband Liam, son Finn (5 years old) and daughter Violet (2 years old). She worked as a Fashion Buyer for 12 years and more recently has set up a kids and mums fashion + lifestyle blog and Instagram, where she shares her best finds from the high street and smaller independent brands. Emma champions clothes that are gender neutral with hand-me-down potential and has been getting into interiors, having done some renovations to her beautiful Victorian home. Read our interview with her below.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HOME?
As unoriginal as it is, Pinterest is such a great source of inspiration. I also love interiors magazines like Elle Decoration and Livingetc. Creative Family Home and Creative Children’s Spaces by Ashlyn Gibson are excellent books for getting a whole load of original ideas for family homes. I also love seeing my friends houses and more recently discovering some interior accounts on Instagram – such as @edit58 @chloeuberkid @lalalovesdecor and @wonderandrah.
HOW DO YOU START THE DECORATING PROCESS?
We renovated the whole house shortly after Finn was born. We wanted to strip it right back and took inspiration from Scandinavian design – painting the floorboards white and putting in large panels of glass filling the house with natural light. For me, I like to have neutral walls – greys and pale blues and use textiles and home accessories to add pops of colour. By having a good base – nice floors, walls and radiators it makes everything else look effortless. Also, I’m a firm believer in a good rug!
I’m a firm believer in a good rug!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR HOME STYLE?
Scandi cool with some vintage and colour pops thrown in. As a family home, it is quite cluttered and busy so we have lots of baskets dotted around that we use as storage and for hiding mess when people come over!
DO YOU HAVE A COLOUR SCHEME AND THEME FOR EACH ROOM?
Not really although I would say the house is 50 shades of grey! White floorboards and soft grey or blue walls. We wanted to keep the kids’ rooms the same as the rest of the house so they didn’t feel too ‘kiddie’ and more natural.
WHERE DO YOU GO TO UNWIND?
We have just done a loft conversion and the rolltop bath in our en-suite is the best way to take some time and chill out in a hot bath! Otherwise, it’s a pilates class or a walk to the shops up on Church Street child free
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE HOUSE AND WHY?
I love Violet’s room. Since we moved out her cot its just such a nice place to sit and play or watch her play. I love all the colours and am jealous of her Beni Rug – I would have killed for a room like this as a little girl!
HOW HAVE YOU MADE YOUR HOME A FUN SPACE FOR THE KIDS?
I’ve made sure that their rooms are a space they want to spend time in and play. Having little areas to sit and read, also lots of storage such as baskets and lego drawers to make sure it isn’t too cluttered and easy to tidy things away. Fun accessories such as a bed canopy, a gallery bookshelf, tent and using clothes as wall display are nice touches to inject some fun and interactive play into their spaces. Anything to encourage some creative imaginative play is always a good thing in my eyes!
IT’S PLAYTIME. WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR KIDS?
Finn is always found playing lego up in his room! He is completely obsessed with it. Otherwise, he has really gotten into drawing and reading and likes to sit at the dining table with the giant apple print behind him. Violet loves jumping on her bed or playing with her dolls and has her own little dolls crib. Now the weather is warmer we are spending more time in the garden making little dens and water play.
DO THEY HAVE ANY INPUT IN THE DECOR?
They are pretty happy to leave it to me but they both enjoy putting vinyl wall stickers in their room which is a really nice way to update a wall without wallpaper and they can get involved too.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE HOME ACCESSORIES & FURNITURE?
I love Finn’s bed which doubles up as a den. Also, the canopy hanging above Violet’s bed which just gives it a softness and playfulness which I think is so essential in creating a fun creative space. Otherwise, photos and pictures we have collected over the years and map out our lives, gallery walls are a really nice way to inject personality and colour into a home. I love the vintage Ercol table nests in our sitting room as they are very versatile.
…Be brave and go for it! Make a little drawing plan of the room and start a Pinterest board with ideas.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO YOU WHEN DECORATING A SPACE?
That it is personal to you and uses a mixture of vintage and new to make it your own unique space. Also, lots of storage and plants are essential!
AND LASTLY, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PARENTS TACKLING A HOME DECOR PROJECT?
Be brave and go for it! Make a little drawing plan of the room and start a Pinterest board with ideas. Kids rooms are always changing so make sure the space is easy to update by keeping walls neutral. Have fun and try some original ideas, kids rooms are a really good way to play around with something a little different. I would also say invest in a couple of key pieces – be that an amazing rug, print or bed that can become the focal point of the room.
With thanks to Emma X