Heather Young

Heather moved from south London to Berkshire five years ago with her husband Ben and their twins, now six. They’re an outdoors-loving family who are at their happiest in the fresh air. As well as writing a family interiors and lifestyle blog, Growing Spaces, Heather has been a freelance interiors journalist for 14 years so she loves snooping around other people’s gorgeous homes, or picking up junk shop treasures for her own house.

Heather and her family are keen campers who spent an impressive five and a half weeks in their tent whilst on a road trip around Europe before the twins started school. Now, their camping trips tend to be more UK-based, where they love searching out quiet campsites where the kids can run wild.

A few questions about nice things...

Who do you most admire?

People who manage to turn their creativity into a job that they love and are strong enough to follow their dreams and craft a life that they love.

What are your favourite possessions?

Our house is full of things that have come from my grandparents’ home (and often from their parents before that). From old suitcases to black and white photos, wardrobes to vases – I love the sense of history they bring, and the connection to the past.

Tell us about your perfect day or weekend...

It definitely starts with a leisurely coffee (freshly brewed of course – black with one spoon of brown sugar) at the kitchen table with my husband and the kids. Pancakes are always a winner, too. If I was on my own then I love nothing more than a day spent pottering around the house, but as a family we always have an urge to explore. I love going somewhere that isn’t overrun with people – being outside on a sunny day is my ultimate way to relax.

What makes you happiest?

Creating memories with the kids and seeing the world through their eyes. Being a mum has brought so much more fun into my life – the kids have a great sense of humour and I think I’m happiest when all four of us are crying with laughter at something.

What would you like to do in the future?

If only I knew the answer to this question! I know I’d love to travel more. I am almost constantly overcome with wanderlust and there are so many places that I want to take the twins to while they’re still young and have this amazing wide-eyed sense of wonder.