MY HOME LIFE: SOPHIE WARBURTON

The style director of The Telegraph on adapting to life during lockdown and discovering an unanticipated appreciation for cricket

07 May, 2020

 

WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED THERE?

I live in Brook Green, west London. We moved here from Highbury in October; quite a change.


WHO DO YOU LIVE WITH AND WHAT IS YOUR HOME LIKE?

I live with my husband and our home is currently a building site. When we bought the property, the decor was inspired by the previous owners’ trips to Bali: banana trees, big copper lamps, and a lot of murals! It is a Georgian house with original plasterwork and fireplaces, and big sash windows, so we wanted to restore it to more of a traditional feel. We started a full renovation in January and are, luckily, nearing the end of it now.


WHAT IS YOUR MORNING ROUTINE?

My new routine is quite different from prior to lockdown. The timings are the same, but I am cherishing not having to commute. One of the biggest changes is that I now have time for a run, or an online yoga class, followed by a ‘virtual’ news conference at 8.30am. I tend to then read for half an hour, before heading to the ‘office’ at 9.30am. Previously, I would have started every day with a breakfast meeting in town and then on to the office. I would always try to be at my desk by 10am.


WHAT DOES A WORKING-FROM-HOME DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

Every day is slightly different, which I love. It’s a mixture of meetings, planning, research and editing; normally with a stroll along the river, either at lunch or early evening. I also run an online interiors shop, Host Home, which keeps me busy in the evenings.

It sounds like a cliché, but I love a clear desk, scented candle and Radio 4 on in the background.

WHERE IN THE HOUSE DO YOU LIKE TO WORK, AND HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF IN THE WORK ZONE?

I am lucky enough to have a study and so I beaver away in there. It sounds like a cliché, but I love a clear desk, scented candle and Radio 4 on in the background.


ANY TIPS FOR KEEPING A GOOD WORK-LIFE BALANCE WHILE WORKING FROM HOME?

It is really important to be able to switch off and close the door (either literally or metaphorically) at the end of the day. I insist on keeping to very clear working hours so as to not let business time overspill into downtime, and vice versa.


WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?

Anything creative. I normally love to paint. However, I have set myself a challenge to make a patchwork quilt during lockdown. I’m finding it quite satisfying as it requires logic, attention to detail and perseverance.


WHAT’S THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS?

I have just finished Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi, which I loved. I’m now onto The Lives of Lucian Freud: YOUTH 1922-1968 by William Feaver, which reads a bit like if the Royal Academy of Arts published a Jilly Cooper novel.

I have set myself a challenge to make a patchwork quilt during lockdown. I’m finding it quite satisfying as it requires logic, attention to detail and perseverance.

FAVOURITE/CURRENT BOXSET YOU ARE WATCHING?

Perhaps not an answer you would have expected from me, but I’ve just finished The Test on Amazon Prime, which is about the resurgence of the Australian cricket team following the cheating scandal. My husband is Australian and I reluctantly started to watch it out of solidarity. I loved it! Now I’m off to join the Barmy Army.


WHAT ARE THE BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT BEING IN LOCKDOWN FOR YOU?

I’m loving the slower pace of everything. Having time to think, reflect and appreciate the smaller things. I also find myself having Zoom drinks with people on the other side of the world, who we would never have normally caught up with. I guess the barrier to entry is now the same regardless of geography. I miss human interaction though. And restaurants. Which I realise is a very spoilt thing to say.


WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

‘You will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.’ Oh, and ‘Never trust a man wearing white socks’.


Sophie Warburton is a stylist, art director, brand consultant and the style director of The Telegraph. She is also the founder of Host Home, an online interiors platform. She has contributed to The Times, Teen Vogue and Vogue Hong Kong, among other titles.