Nelly at Home
Anna Stark

How do you balance style and practicality in your interiors?

I have to say I have never really looked at interiors and style in that way. I have very eclectic tastes, and through my travels if I see something I like, I buy it and then it seems to find a home in my house; from plastic cartoon statues,to crosses, to Victorian Minature paintings. I love a home to feel like a home and a reflection of one’s life; it takes time.

I have to say sometimes my house has got too many nicky nacky things and lately I have started to get rid of lots of objects. At different times in life it feels good to unclutter and edit.

"I have very eclectic taste and through my travels if I see something I like, I buy it..."

What is your favourite room in the house?

I think the kitchen is, it is a great family and friends space and the one place in the house we all spend time together. Food is so much nicer to prepare when others are in room each doing different things.

The walls keep having more and more pictures added and then swapped around, it’s amazing how changing them around really changes the place. It’s a happy room to walk into.

Have you got a dream artwork you’d love to have up on your walls?

I think objects and art speak to you, you feel gravitated towards them. My father died and my mum gave us children some money and I decided I wanted to buy a piece of art so I would always have something in his honor. I walked into Nelly Duff and saw the Matt Small painting Becky and fell in love with it, it really talked to me, and I love the piece just as much now as when I first saw it. I say wait and when you are not looking the art will find you.