Laurie Prescott is an interior design and fashion blogger at Bell And Smokey, writing from Birmingham. She is obsessed with stunning designs, from interiors and architecture to fashion and art. Whilst her boyfriend takes all of the photos for the blog. Professionally Laurie works within PR, as well as writing a monthly fashion column at Design Hunter. She can also be found on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Laurie Prescott.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My style is essentially minimal and clean – I am drawn towards simple, unfussy aesthetics. That being said, I also like hints of history – so love picking up pieces at flea markets. I like to think my style has a distinctly European flavour.
2) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Writing my blog is quite a solitary pastime – I don’t tend to work with many other people. My boyfriend takes the photos and I do all the editing and writing. However, I have been fortunate enough to meet lots of great people through the blog – including other bloggers. I admire anyone with a strong sense of their own aesthetic – and for this reason my favourite bloggers are Harper & Harley, Love Aesthetics and A La Mode by Charlie May.
3) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
When writing the blog, I’m always trawling the internet for new designers and as such, I’m constantly inspired! I find Instagram a particular source of inspiration – and I’m slightly obsessed with Pinterest.
4) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
As well as writing my blog, I have a ‘proper’ job which pays the bills! I work in PR, but I’ve always done freelance writing in my spare time as a creative outlet. I currently write a monthly fashion column for Design Hunter. My advice would be to put yourself out there and work hard to get yourself in front of the right people, don’t expect people to come to you – I have had lots of opportunities through my freelance writing that I wouldn’t have been lucky enough to experience otherwise.