The Wicklewood Blog
- 12 Sep 2023
- HOUSE GUEST
‘The Bloomsbury set's informal, painterly style has inspired my home and work,’ says decorative painter Amy Balfour. One look at her intricate and ornate designs and the reference is clear – nuanced colour and organic motifs immediately evoke the Charleston-based artistic group, with a delicate, timeless style which is entirely Balfour’s. ‘I have a degree in Illustration and have always loved being creative,’ she says. After cutting her teeth as a design assistant in London at Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler, she launched her decorative painting business creating ‘boxes and mirrors for friends and it quickly grew from there.’ These days Balfour’s pieces and commissions are much in demand.
Starting her business coincided with a move out of London and the arrival of their eldest daughter, Eliza. A couple of years ago, they moved to their current home ‘a derelict but beautiful house in Fletching, East Sussex,’ she says, renovating the space in her signature style, ‘just in time’ for the arrival of their triplets who are now two. Balfour works from a studio within her home. Between her work and her family, we managed to grab her for a five minute chat on our virtual sofa to talk treasure hunting, instinctive interior design and why her bedroom is her favourite room in the house…
WW: Where’s home?
AB: During lockdown, Victor and I decided we needed a new project and found the house we now live in – it had no running water or electricity but was beautifully positioned, a few miles from where I grew up. The month we got the keys we found out we were expecting triplets – it was a great incentive to get a move on! The house is the oldest in the village and was built as a Wealden Hall House in circa 1500. When we first looked around it was decidedly eerie and dark, but had such charm and promise, Victor and I fell in love