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Hannah Bullivant, a self described passionate mother, feminist, interiors lover and nature lover. Her content is full of natural, earthy tones, with bursts of colour. Having recently given birth to her second child, she still managed to find the time to answer a few questions about her life and work.

How did you get started?

I started a blog about 10 years ago now as an antidote to the grey office job I'd somehow found myself in. I craved a creative outlet and writing about interiors and living in London provided that. To cut a long story short, my blog led me being published more widely and to styling real homes for magazines. This in turn led to styling for brands and events too. Instagram has become as important as my blog over the last few years. Quite a lot of my current styling work has come to me as a direct result of my Instagram which is pretty cool.

Where do you find inspiration?

I used to find inspiration in the galleries, markets and coffee shops of London but since moving to Kent, I now find my inspiration in the woods and shore line; in grounding myself more fully in what's happening outside. My best ideas come when I am outdoors and I find that what's happening there is often reflected in my styling. Having said that I find I need a regular London fix too! I also get a lot of inspiration from my favourite Instagram accounts.

How do you decide what to share and what to keep private?

I trust my gut. I tend to share quite a lot of myself because I always appreciate it when others do the same. I like knowing the person behind the Instagram/blog.

Any tips and tricks?

I recently had a second kid so time is tight for my work. My biggest tip is to create around you a group of people who support your dreams and career goals, who share your values, who spur you on and make you feel you can accomplish anything. I feel truly blessed to live close to family and friends who enable me to be able to work practically as well as emotionally, and encourage me creatively too.

What camera and editing software do you use?

I just got an iPhone 7 which is amazing. I edit my photos in VSCO cam (currently loving a soft a6 filter). I plan my grid in Mosaico.

Or I shoot on my 'big camera'- a Sony A7 with a zoom lens. I edit in Lightroom with a few custom presets.

How would you describe your aesthetics?

Natural, colourful, rustic, seasonal, real.

Tell us something no one knows about you.

I am on the cover of a mildly erotic book. It's one of the odder jobs I did during my brief modelling career! I also modelled for Vivienne Westwood - pretty cool.

What’s been your favourite piece of work to date?

Hmm that's hard! I love styling the Sisterhood Camp events run by Lou Archell. I styled the wedding of Sara Tasker too - another honour. I love bringing people together in a magical setting and seeing the connections that happen there.

Best thing about being a creator?

I have worked really hard to turn my passion into my job. So my creativity is no longer a hobby or side gig which it was in my 20s but my career. Yay!

If you could give one piece of advice to the younger you what would it be?

I am an empath which is great in lots of ways but also means you can be easily crushed by others. I wish I could tell my younger self to stop caring so much what others think of you! And to follow your instinct and trust your gut more.

Follow Hannah here: @hanbullivant

James Street

James Street

Co-Founder, Whalar