Of Hearth and Home
Lulu Lytle co-founder and creative director of Soane Britain, an interiors and furniture company, finding the right balance between calm and chaos...
A ‘hole-and-corner’ is an old English term meaning a secret place: somewhere you go to escape the world, to be inspired and to contemplate and create. Where is your ‘hole-and-corner’?
There are a few contenders for where I would choose to escape and dream. For pure escapism and inspiration, it could either be my bath, the sea or an early morning walk with my whippet, Panther. But, to be inspired - to actually create - I require a degree of chaos and all of my clutter which are inescapable elements of my life and so it would be my library at home.
Is it important to you to have somewhere to escape from the hustle and bustle of life?
To be creative is not really about escaping life’s hurly burly, which I thrive upon. My perfect hole-and-corner could really be anywhere but ideally, I would have my family with me. I don’t need to be alone and would quickly miss the buzz of our kitchen.
What do you like to listen to when you’re working?
Classical music, more often than not, Bach. Although, I’ve recently been playing and replaying Mozart’s piano concertos.
What elements do you think make a perfect ‘hole-and-corner’?
Books, 'plumptious' upholstery, pictures, music or bird song. Large surfaces on which to spread out my papers, books, textiles.
Is it private to you or do you let other people visit?
When I am deeply engrossed at work, I prize solitude and above all, time, usually to read books, look at pictures, sketch (although I am a truly lousy draftsman) and develop ideas. However, I like the feeling of others being nearby, which is, why I have always been inspired by working in a library, chatty office or at home.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Whenever one of my three sisters or I faced a particularly scary challenge as children, my mother would gently remind us of her mantra 'courage grows with daring - fear with holding back.'