Louella Potter

Meet Louella Potter who is a freelance stylist who moved from England 4 1/2 years ago to set up the Terence Conran Shop. Louella didn't just bring her essentials but everything she owned including her pebble collection.

A self-confessed collector and hoarder, Louella says her style would have to be described as "magpie". She goes through stages when the surfaces in her home are so covered in things that she has to work out what she really wants to keep and what she can live without.

Louella thinks it's very important to love the space that you live in. She lives in a converted warehouse, which suits her very large pieces of furniture. It also has a communal outdoor space, which she really enjoys.

As a stylist, Louella works on photoshoots for magazines and advertising companies. Her role is to create a look for the product. This is also what she does in her home. She does style her home although she'd hate to feel that it was contrived. She says that although her style is loose she does fiddle around with her things. She says she is very ordered about where she puts things and loves it to be a very eclectic mix of "rubble."

Louella feels that it is important to be able to see stories in the things you own otherwise your house just looks like a showroom. A personal favourite is her wooden bench seat, which she found in a bookstore in Camden, London. The day was very wet and the bench was outside under a porch, covered high in books and not being looked after. Another piece she loves is a small plane that she has hung on a wall. It had been in the garden shed at her home when she was growing up and had belonged to her father when he was a child. Her pebble collection, which she collected from various locations around the world, is very interesting to look at and much loved.

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