Hi there, I'm Clare.
After nearly twenty years working in the magazine industry as a stylist, editor and art director (latterly as Lifestyle Editor at YOU magazine, Mail on Sunday), I left my day job to raise my twin boys and forge a healthier work-life balance.
I care about people, I care about the earth. I care about all our futures. Over the past five years I've secretly been gathering a new set of skills; learning about biodynamic principles, herbalism, plant-based nutrition, natural remedies and alternative healing modalities and weaving them into my passion for home and garden in an attempt to create a new way of living in these uncertain times. A more considered, mindful, gentle way of life which for me, focuses on home, and more importantly, 'the home' within ourselves.
A nourished home (and a nourished you) brings everyday happiness and family cohesion, it provides a space in which you'll feel nurtured, supported and energised, and in turn, more able to follow your heart and pursue your goals and dreams.
I believe that our modern lives have created a disconnect in so many of us. In the pursuit of 'progress', we have lost connection with many of the simple things that are vital to live a happy, fulfilled life. Our bond with nature has weakened, our connection with how our food is grown and sourced lost, and the natural cycles and seasons of the year forgotten. My aim is to help reconnect and strengthen those bonds (and more) so they become part of everyday.
So, how did I get to here? My career took root in lifestyle print media, working on magazines as a stylist, editor and art director in London. Over the past twenty years, 14 of them spent at YOU magazine as Lifestyle Editor, I advised millions of readers each week how to create a beautiful space in which to live and interviewed thought leaders on how they live in their homes.
2011 saw the release of my first book, 'Making Your House a Home' (Kyle Books). My aim with this book was to encourage, equip and empower readers to create the best possible version of home for themselves.
As a passionate gardener for many years and as my burgeoning devotion to flowers and plants grew, I went back to night school to study horticulture with the RHS to fill in the gaps and add to my skills. I see the garden not only as an extension of our living space, but as a way of connecting our homes (and ourselves) with nature, calming the mind and lifting the spirit in the process. My second title, ‘In Bloom’ (Kyle Books), was released this Spring, in both the UK and US. In this book I share my joy of growing cut flowers, from sowing seed to harvesting and styling garden blooms.
2020 marks a brand new chapter for me, as I open my new studio for workshops, creative classes and one-one-ones. A safe space and an open platform to share all I have learned about creating a nourished home life. When lost in the busy world of life, work, love, family and endless distractions, I hope it will be a place of opportunity, learning, sanctuary and healing; somewhere that you too can connect with what your garden and home mean to you - to bring yourself 'home'.
"Clare has an innate and distinctive sense of style - her work captures a relaxed and carefree spirit that enhances and enriches the way we decorate our homes today".
TRICIA GUILD, FOUNDER OF DESIGNERS GUILD
"Brimming with beauty, this lovely book is sure to inspire you to plant, harvest and share seasonal flowers"
ERIN BENZAKINE, FLORET FLOWER FARM