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Malin Hjelte-Lewis

Senior Buyer

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Who are you?
Malin Hjelte-Lewis, Swede, living in London since 1990.

What’s the day job?
Senior Buyer for Tabletop, Cookshop and Decoration departments, Habitat.

What does your dream day look like?
Waking up somewhere on holiday – city, beach, country – don’t really care, with the family (Max 3, Danny 6 and Dean old) and some good friends. Maybe the beach in the morning, some (whatever!) outing in the afternoon, long evening supper under the stars.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Hmm, I like London, but to add a summer house in Northern Sweden and a small cottage in the shires somewhere would be nice.

What’s the first thing you check out when visiting someone’s home for the first time?
Secretly clocking everything from colours of the walls (even the matteness of the paint!) to textures and colours of textiles in the house, what personal stuff is out, artwork on the walls, what books they have one their book shelves, proudly displaying vinyl or CD’s or none at all… I am, one hundred per cent, a clocker.

What’s your interior addiction?
Nothing and everything!

What makes you really angry?
The Tory party.

Pick a favourite film, book and song.
This how I feel today. Film: Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Book(s): ‘My Struggles Series’ by Karl-Ove Knausgaard. Song: The Man Who Sold The World by David Bowie.

Best place you’ve ever been on holiday?
I love southern Portugal, in particular Lagos on the Algarve coast. It has one of my favourite bars ever, called Mullens.

What’s your favourite smell?
Smell of rain and freshly cut grass.

What single thing would improve your life?
A detached 4 bedroom house.

What are you bad at that you wish you did well?
Dieting.

What would be your Death Row meal?
A big plate of sashimi. Followed by an Eccles cake from St Johns.

Latest posts by Malin

Christmas gifts, sorted – gadget lover

Everything you need for a stylish Christmas

Christmas gifts, sorted – creative kids

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Christmas gifts, sorted – the explorer

Everything you need for a stylish Christmas

In the frame – Habitat’s new art collection

Brilliant new prints and frames from Habitat

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