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A Room Of My Own: Suzy Hoodless (and her lamp obsession)

We’ve been asking our favourite tastemakers to cast back to early decorating memories to reveal the times when they first started expressing themselves in a room.

British interior designer Suzy Hoodless carved out a career in magazines and was the launch interiors editor at Wallpaper* magazine, before she set up her own design consultancy. Here, she harks back to the bedroom of “the large rambling family home,” where she grew up.

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“I was always moving the furniture around in my bedroom when I was growing up – hanging up fabrics on walls, draping them over tables, moving the bed constantly and forever trying to divide up the room with a large bookcase. My first memory of choosing fabrics was picking a midnight blue fabric with gold stars on it. I loved it.

I collected lots of tiny figurines that were painted and quirky – they were nothing special, just odd little things that I took great pride in arranging in my bedroom. I loved their individuality.

I was always going off things much to my mother’s fury. She was relaxed about letting me explore my ideas, but I definitely remember her being annoyed at my changing style and my wanting to get rid of things!

I loved low lighting then, which I still love – endless lamps.

Having that freedom to explore and decorate my space was an essential part of growing up and discovering design. I don’t look back and hate anything about my old bedroom now, but equally I wouldn’t do any of it again! It was of its time.”

The living room in Suzy’s family home now, perfectly shows off her lasting love of filling rooms with lamps.

Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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