at home with emma lee

January 19, 2012  in inspiring places, interior styling

Emma Lee's house

Today I would like to say thank you to Emma Lee, the talented photographer of my new book The Homemade Home for Children which will be out in a couple of months, and to share some photos of her home with you that I took while we were on location there for a day. I first worked with Emma almost 10 years ago on an Elle Decoration photo shoot and we became friends. We lived a 10 minute walk from each other at the time which meant we saw each other socially as well as working on jobs together and I was very happy when she agreed to photograph my new book. Emma has shot cook books for Gordon Ramsay, Mark Sargeant and Barrafina, editorial stories for Living Etc and Homes & Gardens magazines and commercial interiors shoots for clients including Fired Earth, M&S, Dulux, Cole & Son and Liberty. We worked hard on the shoots, had a lovely chance to catch up and have ended up with a book full of gorgeous photos.

hundred acre wood

The snaps I took here are from her home in the Ashdown Forest, part of the famous Hundred Acre Wood where A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh is set and the famous bridge is near by. It was a very wet Summer’s day and we worked inside whilst waiting for the rain to subside so we could take some images outside too. Luckily the rain did stop, the clouds broke and a few rays of sunshine meant we were able to take all the pictures we had planned on photographing. My children were there for the day too along with Emma’s sweet little dog Hesper, all taking part in a little modelling and helping us along the way. At the end of the shoot we had a moment to play Pooh Sticks in the little stream in the garden.

Cotton reels

Emma Lee

Emma has effortless taste and everything she touches she makes more beautiful, one of the reasons why she is in such high demand for her work. Her house is full of interesting and stylish objects with little surprises dotted about, keeping you excited to see what is around the next corner, and a divine colour palette; pale and muted with flashes of contrasting dark and brighter, fresh tones mixed in. There are many shades of grey too, a winning colour to me. What can I say, I have house envy every time I visit.

Emma Lee

Emma Lee

We shot here for one day of the six shoot days so you will see more of her home in my new book. Have fun spotting were we placed some of the projects and see if you can tell which projects are here.

Thank you Emma Lee

Emma is represented by Pearson Lyle. Head over to their website to view Emma’s portfolio.

You can pre-order The Homemade Home for Children: 50 thrifty and chic projects for creative parents now on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Thank you Emma for the beautiful photographs in my new book and a wonderful day in your home.




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  1. allesistgut says:

    What a beautiful story and such a lovely home. Love the pictures with all the details. 😀

  2. Chrissie T. Holden says:

    Gorgeous colour palette / styling / house in general. What is the name of the panelling installed in the top picture? Is it just a wide tongue and groove or does it have a fancier name? x

  3. GawgusThings says:

    Love all the details and the flow of colour – gorgeous!

  4. Jo says:

    Wow, what a lovely looking home! Kind of sophisticated vintage? Lovely pics too. I’ve pre-ordered your book and can’t wait! 🙂

  5. Lysann says:

    The pictures are soooo lovely! And the colour pallet is beautiful!
    I’ll definitly have a look into her new book as these pics promises a lot 🙂

  6. What an absolutely beautiful home. It feels so warm and soft. I love it and cannot wait to see more! And now I am off to preorder my book! 🙂

  7. Florence says:

    I’m so excited to read that you have a new book out – that sounds wonderful.x

  8. elisa says:

    just stunning, i’d love to see more. x

  9. Sania Pell says:

    Thank you for your comments everyone.

    @Chrissie – I’m not sure, I think it is Emma’s own design of pine boards spaced apart, leaving the shadow gap. I will ask her when I next speak to her.

    @Jo and Travelling Mama – thank you so much for pre-ordering my new book, it means a lot. I hope you like it!


  10. Abel Seeger says:

    i am excited. great article. i will be back soon thanks

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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