Lifestyle expert and TV presenter Emma Forbes is one of the nations most loved personalities, and now she is making waves with her lifestyle magazine and website, which is fast becoming an influential online destination, covering everything from parenting, food, interiors, travel, health and well-being, basically everything to make stylish living easy. Which sounds good to us! Emma has also released her book Life & Soul, which gives the rundown on creating perfect themed parties. Emma could quite possibly be the ultimate Yummy Mummy and here she talks to Butterfly Lane about interior design, how she unwinds after a stressful day and how it's important to embrace change.
How would you describe your homes style?
My homes style is no clutter, but things I love around me! I think 'less is more' - a splash of colour in a white room, a beautiful object on a shelf. I love a cosy and warm feel, but love white as a base colour.
How did you make the transition from TV to writing a book and having a lifestyle website?
Transition from TV to what I do now seemed to be the right move as I had my two kids and enjoyed spending more time at home than away working, and then I could be a working mum but fit everything in around their schedules! It's what I've always loved - everything to do with lifestyle, so it seemed like quite a natural transition.
How do you unwind after a stressful day at the office?
I unwind by being at home, good rubbish telly, and a home cooked meal - ideally while wearing PJ's with my husband and kids.
Do you favour country living or city chic?
I always think I love country living but in fact I think I'm more urban than that, as I love the noise of a city, and having things like a Starbucks nearby! So probably I'm more city chic? Perhaps a bit of both?
If you were to buy anything from Butterfly Lane what would you buy?
I would buy lots of gorgeous cake stands, I love them. You can never have enough and they look great in quantity!
My top lifestyle tip is to keep things changing. I think people get very afraid of 'change' and I love the idea that rooms evolve with you, the time you are in your life, seasons etc, so be bold and brave - do spring clearouts, make a room cosy at Christmas and always make your home your castle! Visit www.emmaforbes.com for more lifestyle tips. Her book Life and Soul is available to buy now.