Celebrating 90 Years of an Inspirational Woman

I’m so excited to share this post with you all.  Last week we travelled to London for a very important event, my beautiful Grandmother’s 90th Birthday.  Family and friends from across the globe made the journey to be with her on such a special occasion.

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Born in Victoria, Australia in 1925, my Granny married my British Grandpa and in 1950 moved to London to set up home.  Much to everyone’s disgrace, she and Grandpa decided to buy a home in Notting Hill, believing it to be ‘up and coming’! At the time, Notting Hill and neighbouring Holland Park were still full of bomb rubble and empty Regency and Victorian buildings with broken windows and leaking roofs.  No one wanted to live there except squatters and those renting cheap rooms.

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Granny was determined to create a beautiful home, have a family, but not to be a typical fifties housewife. She wanted a career, and with a passion for design and architecture, she began work as an interior designer.  She wrote for major magazines and publications on the subject as well as designing beautiful spaces for people to reside in.  Her eye for great design has influenced several generations and her work remains a great inspiration to me.

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Visiting Granny’s home is always a joy for me. She still lives in the same area of London, which of course is no longer impoverished!  Her home is packed full of family photos, beautiful furniture collected over a lifetime, and clever design solutions.  She has most certainly reached her 90th year in style and has created a legacy of design that I’m extremely proud of.

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