Suzanne Webster is a freelance stylist specialising in editorial, advertising, catalogue and crafts.
She has a long established career with a variety of clients including publications such as Ideal Home, Style at Home and Country Homes & Interiors and her experience includes interiors editor, art director, set designer and writer.
We talked to Suzanne about her design influences, interiors style and why she loves her job.
Tell us about what you do:
I’m an interior stylist for editorials and advertising campaigns.
Describe your interiors style in 5 words:
Colourful, bold, bright, inspirational and fun.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I love Danish design and their sense of style and simplicity.
Which trends are you most looking forward to styling/having in your home in 2016?
I’m loving gold and bronzes at the moment. I’m shooting lots of Winter shoots at the moment and looks warm and cosy but very smart too!
Who or what has been your biggest influence in the design world?
I love ercol for their simplistic approach and timeless feel.
What’s your most prized accessory or piece of furniture?
A small two-drawer painted console table that I have had for years and just seems to fit into any property I have moved to.
What has been your career highlight to date?
Working in Dubai for a private client for The Dubai World Cup where I had to design four venues for a long weekend for 300 Worldwide VIPs.
Describe a typical working day:
Very busy! There is a lot of unpacking and organising that goes on at the start of the day’s shoot. Making sure all product has arrived and generally making lots of phone calls to couriers to find missing items! I get a feel for where we will shoot all the day’s images and write a shot list. Then I’ll be busy setting up and dressing a set with props and start taking photographs.
What do you love about your job?
Seeing it all come together and creating something beautiful from a huge pile of boxed furniture and bags that seems like utter chaos first thing in the morning!
What advice would you give to somebody looking to get into the interiors industry?
Go and do an interior design course and try to assist a freelance stylist like myself to get a feel for the job. It’s not all glam! If you are a hard worker you will do well.
When you’re not styling, how do you like to spend your time?
At home with my eight-year-old son Alfie watching movies in bed!