Life and Style Q & A – Side Street Style

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We’re really lucky this month to have top interiors blogger Laura from Side Street Style in our red plush Q & A hot seat. As its name suggests, Laura’s blog deals with all things stylish, and she’s never happier than when wandering around a European market, taking wonderful photos and gathering fantastic craft and interior inspirations for her own home.

Here she is with her answers to everything you ever wanted to know about Side Street Style:

When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in 2009 while I was taking a gap year from my studies in photography. I had moved from Falmouth in Cornwall back to Cardiff and was going for an interview with a fashion retailer, while I was waiting for my interview I read their in-house magazine which mentioned lifestyle bloggers and I wanted to know more. I went home that day and started my blog.

What’s your favourite lifestyle category (interiors, food, travel, fashion …?)
It’s really hard to pick a favourite because I find each topic inspires the other – I love to travel but while travelling I like to be inspired but the local fashion and interiors so it’s a real crossover for me.
What blogs do you read for inspiration? 
I am always chopping and changing what I read but I tend to go for colourful lifestyle blogs such as Wild and Grizzly, Tiger Lilly Quinn or Not another Mummy Blog but also love family travel blogs and design and art blogs such as Cardboard Cities and Design Sponge.
What do you love most about your home? 
My favourite space in our home is the kitchen – we are lucky enough to have a large kitchen diner space with an island with built in hob which is great as I love to cook. The kitchen also has french doors out to the garden so I can watch the children play which I rustle something up.
Which independent brands and designers should we look out for?
 I love to find bargain and gems at markets and vintage stores or something individual and unique from Home Sense, Etsy or Not on the High Street but I will forever be a fan of stores such as IKEA and Habitat and Made.com.
What’s the best thing to come from starting your blog?
Meeting so many amazing people and making some amazing friends real-life friends as well as being privileged to see collections before general release, press events or opportunities I never would of been able to have had it not been for the blog.
What one item would you save if your house was on fire? 
The last Christmas Card my father gave me before he passed away, everything else is replaceable.
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Would you like to be in the hot seat next time? If you’d like to answer our questionnaire, leave a comment below or tweet us at @HIBS100.

Alice Cullerne Bown is a blogger, author, journalist and fanatical cushion-plumper. She spent much of her childhood creating room sets in shoe boxes and now attempts to style her real-life home, despite the best efforts of her husband, two children, two stepchildren and two cats. She is addicted to home makeover shows and likes to Hoover while watching Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. She blogs at DD's Diary, www.dulwichdivorcee.com, and you can catch her on Twitter at @DDsDiary

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