We interviewed the lovely and talented Pip McCormac, Lifestyle Director at Red Magazine and author of The Herb and Flower Cookbook below. Read on to find out what inspires him and why he likes a palette of blue and white in his home.
Where does your zest for interiors stem from?
I had been working as a journalist for a while before I interviewed the product designer Jonathan Adler. “Bright colours at home,” he told me, “are like serotonin for the soul.” It was at that moment that I truly got it, that I understood why I responded to some homewares better than others, that building a sanctuary for yourself could lift your spirits and calm your nerves and relax you all at the same time…and that that was what having a home was all about.
What’s your favourite trend of the moment?
I’m enjoying the mix of blue and white together – it evokes hot days and cool floors under bare feet on holiday in Spain. It looks fresh and classic, warm and fresh, all at the same time.
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What’s your favourite new hangout?
Chilten Firehouse. Sitting at the bar, watching the buzzing crowd and devouring the tasting plates makes you feel like you are at the centre of the world.
If money were no object, what would you purchase and why?
A Victorian townhouse and an ultra-modern penthouse, so I could do them up in different styles and indulge myself with everything I love.
Your spring/summer essential is…
Who or what inspires you?
The chef Maria Elia. Her approach to cooking and thinking about flavours that imply sunshine can be borrowed for creating recipes at home, or for styling your flat with that same feeling of warmth.
What are you working on at the moment?
My first cookbook, The Herb and Flower Cookbook, is published on April 24th, and is all about easy home cooking with some interesting flavour twists. There’s also a growing guide too – I’ve currently got borage, lemon balm, chervil, and some apologetic-looking mint sprouting on my window ledge.
What do you love about your job?
I still have a sense of excitement when a new restaurant opens or a new interiors collection launches and I’m amongst the first to see it.
Your favourite room is…
my living room. It has grey walls, a big sofa, a drinks trolley and my well-stocked Sky+ box. I wouldn’t change it for anything.
I love Habitat…
because it is a British institution, changing the way that this country thought and thinks about design. Plus Polly Dickens has really breathed new life with some brilliant new ranges in the most recent seasons.