Old Fashioned Susie Interview

An interview with vintage style maven, Susie Earlam, of one of our favourite interior and lifestyle blogs, Old Fashioned Susie.


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Vintage shop finds paired with contemporary classics and antique style combined with Mid-Century furnishings – Old Fashioned Susie is a haven of quirky and eclectic interior style and lifestyle ideas! We chat to Susie Earlam about her style secrets and her favourite interior tips!

Q: Tell us a little bit about Old Fashioned Susie:

A: Old Fashioned Susie is a place for me to share ideas on interiors and lifestyle. This can range from my own kitchen makeover to more aspirational posts where I've gathered together ideas and images within a theme. It’s a place where I hope people come to find ideas for their own homes and lives in a down to earth way.

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Q: What made you decide to begin Old Fashioned Susie?

A: I started Old Fashioned Susie when my eldest daughter was still a baby. Initially it was to reach out and find a community of similar people, perhaps in the same situation. I'm very creative and writing my blog became my outlet.

Q: Have your tastes and styles changed since you began your blog?

A: My tastes have changed a bit since starting my blog, but not massively – I'd probably say I've just refined them. I still like old things, or classics, and always will, and I still like things that are pretty and practical – it’s a winning combination!

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Q: Where do you look for inspiration for creating blog posts?

A: My inspiration comes from a wide variety of places including the homes of my friends and family, my own home and garden, other bloggers, Instagram, Pinterest, museums, holiday homes and cottages, sometimes just conversations can trigger something off!

Q: Have you ever had any interior design disasters?

A: With regards to interior design disasters, the house we lived in before had a couple; including painting a fitted wardrobe matt black (it looked awful) and my husband putting a shelf up in one room and the screw coming through to the next room. We still laugh about that now... Our early days of DIY, you have to learn somehow though, right?!

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Q: Can you describe your own home?

A: Our home was built in the late 1920s and has some period features still intact. Some of the jobs done before we moved in have come back to haunt us, and some jobs are just because the house is so old. Every job we do always seems to reveal about five others that need to be completed before the original one can be finished, but it’s always worth it to see the end result. We are probably halfway through the renovation. There is lots of B&Q Antique White on the walls, ceilings and floorboards, one word to sum it up would be eclectic!

Q: Is your interior style mirrored in other areas of your life?

A: My love of mixing old and new extends to my wardrobe too, vintage dresses and bags have a huge appeal for me. I hate to wear things that someone else has, in the same way they wear it – unless it’s jeans, which kind of have a law unto their own.

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Q: Can you give us your top five home styling tips?
  1. Group objects by theme when displaying things on a shelf or mantelpiece. This will make it look less like clutter and more like curation.
  2. When shopping for vintage pieces, try not to ponder over the buying decision for too long as when it’s gone it’s gone.
  3. Try not to shop at the same place all the time – your home will look like a showroom for that shop rather than a personal bespoke space.
  4. Lighting is a huge deal and I'm still working on this in our home. But getting the lighting right can make the space look so different - I’d choose side lights over ceiling lights every time.
  5. Rugs are brilliant for adding warmth, colour and defining the use of a space. They’re also an easy update to any room in need of a quick makeover.
Q: Which of the Houseology looks are you and why?

A: The Houseology look that is closest to my taste is probably either Urban or Luxe- can I sit on the Urban/Luxe fence please?