The best part of my job has to be travelling the country and working with interiors photographers to create beautiful images of the country homes we visit. I love chatting to the homeowners, sharing their passion for their home and finding out where they have bought things from.
One such homeowner was a lovely reader called Debbie Reeves, who wrote in to us about her cottage in Worcestershire more than four years ago. Photographer Brent Darby took some great photos and it appeared in our May 2008 edition.
Debbie was at a bit of a crossroads careerwise – she wanted to move into interiors work but didn’t know what to do. She had a great eye for detail and I tried to encourage her to go for it – we even joked about opening a shop together.
Imagine my delight a couple of weeks ago when an email popped into my inbox from her – and it made my day.
Debbie wrote about how she had eventually applied to an interior design company and taken along a copy of the Country Homes & Interiors feature. ‘I was offered a job there and then as a freelance stylist,’ she wrote. ‘I have been there for 18 months now, styling show homes and private clients’ homes all over the country.’
I was thrilled to think we had given her the confidence to apply for her dream job. And, yes, we’re still talking about opening that shop…
PS If you’d like to see your home featured in the magazine, do get in touch!
Debbie’s elegant French-style bedroom
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Her country kitchen is decked out in pretty pastels