This is the first post in a new series we like to call ‘My home & style’ where we interview tastemakers of the fashion and interiors industry and take a sneak peek into their homes and wardrobes.
We recently interviewed Blogger and stylist Sophie Bell (aka Peppahart) and she gave us an insight into her beautiful life and home.
When we came across your blog it was love at first site, your love for colour and relaxed beachy decor had us besotted! Tell us more about your blog what inspired you to start Peppahart.com?
It all started out when I was a uni student, I had a Tumblr that I use to post all kinds of things on, clothes I liked, homes, holidays all the usual pretty pictures when I was meant to be listening to lectures about public relations.
The Tumblr then evolved when I got engaged as my pictures turned to wedding inspiration, a new Tumblr was born called peppahartbride.tumblr.com, and I was mainly just posting anything I liked for my wedding. I also started interviewing brides to be and people who worked in the wedding industry.
During that time I started getting enquiries about styling through Instagram and Tumblr and that’s how I got to where I am today.
After my wedding around 12 months ago I turned the little old Tumblr into a “proper” website peppahart.com and have started interviewing people I find inspiring from all over the place like Lindy Klim, Zoe Foster Blake, Sybil Steele and a bunch of other talented ladies. I have also teamed up with a retail agency to pick my favourite pieces from online stores and have them all in the one convenient place on my website.
Tell us more about you, and what you love style-wise
Well I am a 27 year old, very happy little lady – married to a pretty incredible man, we have two beautiful pooches Stella the sausage dog and Duke the Dalmatian, and they are hilarious. We live on the Gold Coast and massively have the travel bug, we are happiest when we are travelling the world on a massive adventure, we get away as much as we possibly can. I work in Media by day and by night I blog and on the weekends I style events, homes, photo-shoots all that kind of stuff.
I have also recently started a collaboration with my gorgeous mother, it’s a range of prints – all very tropical and bright, we want to make art affordable and fill people’s homes with images that make us happy. Nothing better than having a house filled with beautiful pictures and happy feelings. I guess you could say I like to be very busy and constantly working on a million things.
Fashion wise you could say I like street wear luxe – if that’s a thing. Live in denim and leather shorts and oversized t-shirts or denim chambray shirts but LOVE an expensive pair of shoes and would buy a million hang bags if I could. I usually have a whole bunch of accessories on, lots of gold and rose gold chunky jewellery and headpieces. I usually mix super cheap with a few expensive pieces. I am not a brand lover, more just go for things I love the look of. There is quite a bit of vintage in my wardrobe as well, love a vintage find.
Interior wise I have a very eclectic style, I have made most things in our home and sourced them from all over the place, there is so many cushions in our lounge room and bedroom, all completely different prints and patterns, there is also a lot of art on our walls. I have kept the shell of our home very basic, dark timber floors and white walls – kinda gallery style so then I can fill it with a million crazy things. I am constantly redecorating our place. All our little trinkets and treasures have a story though, it’s what makes them so special.
What are your favourite rooms and pieces in your home and why?
My husband is super handy with building and makes most of our furniture, my favourite piece would be our day bed in our lounge room, it’s very hard to not be trapped on it for hours on end, it is honestly heaven. Mr Bell mainly uses recycled timber and has recently started making things out of concrete.
The lounge room is my favourite place in the house and it’s definitely the heart of our home, we spend most of our time there, our couch is the size of two queen size beds so there is plenty of room for everyone.
What are your favourite stores to source pieces for your home?
My best friends own http://www.dosombre.com so I would definitely say most of my favourite home wares are from there, loads of beautiful bright pieces. Country Road is also a favourite and http://www.urbanoutfitters.com is the other place I buy from, very affordable bed linen and throws.
Most other things in our home are handmade or one of little purchase from our travels overseas.
What are your favourite pieces in your wardrobe?
1. Black leather ankle biker boots, I LIVE IN BOOTS.
2. DENIM EVERYTHING, chambray shirts, One Teaspoon denim shorts, jeans.
3. Karen Walker sunglasses, small obsession with Karen Walker sunnies.
4. Alexander Wang handbag, I love investing in beautiful handbags, my husband bought this one for me and it’s definitely the favourite child, it has incredible pony hair on one side.
5. Black leather shorts, usually get these guys made in Bali so they fit like a glove.
Stay tuned later this week for part two of our feature on Sophie Bell and Peppahart. In the meantime pop over and check out Peppahart.com, follow on facebook and on instagram.