Hey. I’m Maxine.
I’m the voice voice behind We Love Home blog. I’m an award winning Interior Stylist from Brighton. I live in a peppermint coloured Victorian terrace house with my dog, Teddy.
Over twenty years ago, I got first job was making the tea on a small interiors magazine. I slowly worked my way up ending up on the style teams of Elle magazine, Home Beautiful and then on House Beautiful for five years. I now work freelance and I now style for a wide range of commercial and editorial clients from Ikea, The White Company, Jane Packer, Hillary’s, Lifestyle Floors, Next, House of Fraser, Debenhams….as well as TV shows like Fill Your Home For Free, Grand Designs, This Morning.
Why Did I start We Love Home?
My life took a dramatic change. I was Style Editor for interior magazines working in London. It was my dream job – styling glossy cover shoots, writing about the hottest home trends, and chatting all things interiors.
Then in 2006, I made a life-changing decision…I gave up my styling career to go travelling around the world. It was amazing – I ended up doing style shoots in New York and Australia. But after six months of living out of a suitcase, I came home with the intention to find my forever home.
The only house I could afford had been empty for seven years. Everything needed replacing – from the leaking bathroom to the damp kitchen, to the overgrown garden. There wasn’t one area that didn’t need work.
When it came to renovating my home, I looked for inspiration on how to renovate (and furnish) a very small home on a tiny budget. I couldn’t find anything that reflected my home style. And this gave me the idea to start an interiors blog.
Since that day – my home has appeared in Ideal Home, Style At Home, Real Homes, Apartmenttherapy – and my garden has been on the cover of Good Homes magazine. My blog has been nominated for 14 awards – most recently I was nominated for Best LifeStyle Blog for two years running,
Through blogging I Have also discovered the wonderful world of social media and was named No 1 Instgrammer by Real Homes magazine in 2018.
What is We Love Home is all about…
It’s an on-line space full of insider decorating tips, bargain finds and secret styling tricks – all designed so you can make your home look fantastic no matter what your budget or the size of your home.
I’m here to inspire you, encourage you and be your cheer-leader so you can have the home you deserve whatever your budget.
In the Decorating Trends section you will find inspirational ideas – as well as brilliant decorating looks.
My Interior Styling section gives you amazing insight into how I got my job as an interior stylist, as well as behind the scenes photos from my latest photo shoots (like this one here for Good Homes magazine). There’s lots of advice if you’re considering a career in magazines.
There is a link to the Styling Workshops that I host around the UK called Secret Styling Club where I share my professional styling tricks.
And in the Lifestyle section – I cover the best my home town of Brighton has to offer, my shopping trips away, as well as fashion and beauty buys – all of which I know you’ll love.
So welcome in, put your feet up, and I’ll go pop the kettle on.
Nominated Amara Best Lifestyle Blog, 2018. Nominated TNIDBA Best Overall Blog 2018. Shortlisted Social Media Influencer Of The Year 2018 Property Press Awards. Shortlist Best of Pinterest 2018. Shortlisted Best Of Pinterest Award 2017. Nominated Best Home Improvement #IBA17. Shortlisted Best Interior Inspiration #IBA16. Nominated Best New Homes Blog #IBA15. Winner Best DIY Videos 2015. Finalist Best Newbie Blogger 2015, Bloggers’ Lounge. Shortlisted 2015 Brilliance in Blogging ‘Fresh Voice’.
No 1 Interior ‘Inspiration Instagramer’ and ‘one to watch’ of 2018, Real Homes Magazine. Feathr Top 20 Trending Interior Blogs – worldwide. HIBS Top 100 Interior + Lifestyle Blogs 2018. VOH Top 30 Interior Design Blogs 2017. Eat Sleep Live Most Essential Design Blogs 2017. Blogger of the Month – Houzz 2016