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Nicky Guymer

Nicky Guymer

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Who are you?
Nicky Guymer, writer and sometime candle maker.

What’s the day job?
From Monday to Wednesday I work with brands creating digital content. I am a woman of my own destiny. I have an opinion. I’m listened to. I often wear white. I can make a coffee when I want to and, more importantly, drink it whilst it’s still warm. I jaywalk and skip up and downstairs. The rest of the week I try to keep a toddler alive.

What does your dream day look like?
I wake to the sound of my son padding into my bedroom barefoot. We live somewhere warm enough to have the windows and doors open all the time. My husband is already up and in the kitchen making pineapple pancakes and brewing fresh coffee. We have a lazy breakfast and mosey off to a local market, on our bikes, and I treat myself to another white top. We lunch at a local seafood restaurant and spend the afternoon playing on the beach. We head home for a dip in the pool, get the boy fed and off to bed, after which we crack open a bottle of wine and lie in hammocks on our deck, reading books, listening to music and discussing the random contents of our brains.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Bali. They say it’s changing, and not for the better, but I dream about living there EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

What’s the first thing you check out when visiting someone’s home for the first time?
The windows. If someone really cares about the look of their home then they’ll have got the windows right and uPVC will not be part of the party. Originals, like-for-like replicas or Crittall’s mean I’ll have to take a deep breath and prepare myself for house envy.

What’s your interior addiction?
Orangeries. Black barns. Internal windows.

What makes you really angry?
Pedestrians smoking a cigarette whilst walking in front of me, people dawdling on busy pavements because they’re on their smartphones, motorbikes, HGV’s, waste, littering, big game hunting.

Pick a favourite film, book and song.
Film: Little White Lies. Book: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. For a song, I want to write something really cool here but really it’s Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson.

Best place you’ve ever been on holiday?
A place called Ingwelala in the Kruger National Park of South Africa. It’s a private game reserve and, when I say friends own a house on the land, I know I sound like one of those people but it’s really not like that. It’s been in their family for years, it’s basic; the interior decor is more chintz than chic, but it is my favourite place in the world. We drive ourselves around in 1970’s Land Rovers in the hope of seeing giraffe run (a personal obsession) and spend the rest of the time drinking, braai-ing and laughing. Husband, if you’re reading, I want my ashes scattered there.

What’s your favourite smell?
Frangipani and Moroccan mint.

What single thing would improve your life?
Sleep.

What are you bad at that you wish you did well?
Tanning. I go brown but always get pink at the edges. I’d kill for olive skin.

What would be your Death Row meal?
Lobster linguine from the Ripe Tomato on All Saints Road, W11, followed by panna cotta. All washed down with a bottle of very pale, very cold Côtes de Provence rosé.

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