A little green paradise in England
Today, I would like to share with you a very English story. As many of you may know home and garden play an important role in the lives of English people. They treat both places with a special love and care.
Ceramist Katie, her partner Simon and their sons Max and Freddi live in a Victorian semidetached house, in a leafy road in Kings Heath, Birmingham. In order to create a nature inspired home they connected their house to the patio and to their beloved garden. They filled their home with lots of plants, which are grown in a beautiful hand-made porcelain by Katie. An open-plan ground floor and green accents all over the house create a unique atmosphere of a little green paradise.
“I am keen to incorporate the outside inside.”
“My studio looks out into the garden, and is my special retreat.”
What is a home?
Home for me is a sanctuary. It’s the place that you yearn to come back to after time spent away; where you celebrate with your family, enjoying happy and sad moments; where you gather round the dinner table, exchange views, laughs and moments from the day. I am very fortunate, as it is also, where I have my own little maker space to create my ceramics
What is your inspiration while creating your home?
It has a Scandinavian starting point with white walls and wooden floorboards. I am also keen to incorporate the outside inside. After moving in about 5 years ago, we were able to redesign the layout to create an open-plan area and added a glass roof, and large folding doors to really allow the feeling of the garden into our living space. Subtle nature inspired prints and design weave through our open-plan ground floor, with accents of greenery peeping through. I love to display fresh flowers when I can, and adore all my little plants whose homes are often ones I have made from porcelain. In terms of characterful furniture, I have a vintage dresser, which I stripped on moving in, and this displays my collection of ceramics and glass; and although it is not old, we have a wood-burner, which gives off the most beautiful, and cozy heat. The kitchen is as important to me as the hub of the home so there is generous seating including a sofa, kitchen table and bar stools; and it is where we all hang out if there is a party.
Do you have the favorite part of the house?
I have two favorite areas in the house. The first is in the kitchen, adjacent to glass doors leading onto the patio and overlooking the garden, where I love to sink into our recently renovated Ikea sofa; which is the perfect place for relaxing or cuddles with my two boys, Max (age 7) and Freddie (age9).
The second area has to be my new studio, which also looks out into the garden, and is my special retreat where I can shut myself away and focus on making my nature inspired vessels and planters.
What do you do first when you come home?
In the daytime I always head straight to the kettle for a restorative ‘cuppa’ tea – I am so English!
With what smell do you associate your home with?
We are quite traditional in the fact that we always like to have a Sunday roast – so the smell of the meat juices permeate the house in a ‘bisto-kids’ like scenario. Whereas in my studio I love to burn a little candle, my favorite at the moment is from “Honest” and is just the right combination of uplifting notes of mandarin and grapefruit to be perfectly relaxing and still allow me to focus.
And what about sound?
This question is so seasonal. In the spring and summer, I love to throw, open the doors to let the fresh air and bird-song in. Whilst on winter and autumn nights there is nothing better than the sound of a crackling fire. In terms of music, my tastes have not really evolved from my formative teenage years – I am still a grown-up indie kid who loves to listen to The Cure – LoveCats is my favorite.
Photography – Katie Robbins