Ten years ago I began to write this blog - starting as The Swelle Life and evolving into Design Skool - with no preconceptions about what it would be. That's usually how blogs begin, you just write about what's captured your imagination that day. Over the past decade I've shared my experiences in Paris and other cities around the world, from the catwalk and backstage at London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week, and two of the greatest highlights of my blogging life: interviews with renowned fashion illustrator and all-round lovely person Bil Donovan, and from Paris I spoke with Garance Doré, the enduring fashion icon known for her eye in finding the best in street fashion, and her enviable personal style.
Writing this blog has also opened up many fantastic opportunities to experience things I never would have had access to otherwise. Throughout a two-year project celebrating the best in art and food with Le Meridien Piccadilly in London, I got to visit Tate Modern for a private tour of the Damien Hirst exhibition, and by private I mean we were granted access before opening hours and had the entire place to ourselves! There was also an immersive dining experience that was one of the most magical evenings I've ever had, and access to VIP day at Frieze London where we met brilliant fashion designer Duro Olowu, and got to see a crowd that I promise outshines in individuality anything you would see at any of the major fashion weeks; there's noting like the Euro art crowd. I also really enjoyed my first visit to the Cotswolds where I was a guest of the truly unique Kings Head Hotel.
Since then, I've been focusing on interiors and design, specifically of furniture and other home products, and have been contributing to Houzz for eight years now, a site I absolutely love and use as a resource whenever I'm preparing for a home redesign project. I've also expanded to covering healthy lifestyle stories and anything that can make our lives a little better. It's a reflection of where I am at the moment.
Thank you for reading for the past ten years, or for stopping by for the first time today!