The latest instalment of our Portrait of a Creative Mind series – a little peek into the life of a creative and how they seek inspiration within their craft – features designer Juliet Travers. She is the founder and artist behind Juliet Travers Wallpapers and Fabrics, whose original hand-drawn designs are represented all over the world.
Take a peek into Juliet’s world: find out where she goes in London for inspiration, what her dream house would look like and what animal comes with her to every trade show…
When you are feeling blocked creatively, what do you do?
Before I launched the company in 2013 I knew I wanted a really strong theme to my products and after searching the market I found there to be nothing based on Safari or African wildlife. I have been lucky enough to spend a lot of time in Africa and have always been inspired by the surroundings there.
For the Albion collection, I knew I wanted to base it on animals and nature from the UK so I went to all the London parks and looked at what tourists and other visitors were taking pictures of to get an idea of what animals were the most popular. Growing up in the countryside meant I was lucky enough to be outside all the time as a child and nature has always been hugely inspiring to me.
Where’s your favourite place in London to seek out inspiration?
I walk my dog, Cuba, in Hyde Park every day and I love seeing how the park changes throughout the seasons. I am never surprised that it gets so many visitors from all over the world, no matter what time of year. It’s always beautiful.
What’s your favourite room in your house and why?
My favourite room is my son Archie’s room. It’s so calm and cosy but it also brings back memories of starting up my company as it was once my office. It reminds me of how much things have changed in the last few years!
What’s one piece of furniture you’ve always kept with you throughout your various moves?
We have a beautiful leather hippo who comes with us everywhere we go and is always a feature on our stand at every trade show we do, too. I was given him years ago and he’s a great mascot!
The other item would be a beautiful statue we brought back from a trip to Sri Lanka a few years ago of a stilt fisherman sitting on the traditional raised seat in the water. My husband had a go at it while we were there but without much success!
Does your interior style follow a theme, or is it more of a mix?
Because our walls are full of our bold wallpapers our furniture tends to be quite a lot of plain or distressed wood. We’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot together and we love collecting items from the different places we have been to remind us of our adventures.
What would your dream house have?
Definitely a big open plan kitchen and sitting room with lots space for our family to enjoy together. My husband and I both come from big families so we have a pretty constant stream of guests. We love having a full house with enough space for people to enjoy it. We love living in London at the moment but hope to move to the countryside when we can.