« I buy old dresses, curtains and tablecloths from charity shops, and turn them into new dresses, cushions or whatever I feel inspired by »
Brilliant and bubbly Suzie is a Crouch-End-based sewer and maker. She lives in a lovely flat with boyfriend James.
Born in the Netherlands and raised in Australia, Suzie is a true embodiment of London’s international creative culture.
3 steps morning routine
I wake up around 8ish and make coffee while listening to Radio 6 music.
Then I usually go to a coffee shop nearby to do all my admin work. There are tons of nice places in Crouch End - I love the whole experience at Edith’s House, but I often end up at Harris & Hoole which is really laptop friendly.
I start sewing when I come back home - I sit in front of a nice big window that opens on a beautiful garden, while drinking lots of tea and coffee!
Suzie's sewing tools
3 steps evening routine
Dinner time pretty much depends on James’s work schedule and how late he comes home - he’s a comedian and host.
While we watch I’ll have a mint tea or a G&T - depending on how wired I am! - while doing small jobs like hand sewing lavender bags. I don’t like sitting still while watching TV!
A colourful and inspired wardrobe
Top 3 creative moments at home
I enjoy doing a bit of interior styling - doing up my flat, making cushions and lampshades for my home.
Trawling vintage fabrics from charity shops is also on my top list. I buy old dresses, curtains and tablecloths, and turn them into new dresses, cushions or whatever I feel inspired by.
The maker in her home studio
Top 3 relaxing moments and habits
I listen to The Minimalists’ podcast - it’s all about creating a meaningful life, and I find it quite inspiring.
We often go for walks with James, along the Parkland walk or towards Highgate.
I love to read Frankie or Flow. They champion creative and local stuff, and are a bit more thoughtful than your usual women’s magazine. Frankie is Aussie and Flow is Dutch, and as I’m a Dutchie raised in Australia I like the connection to these two countries.
Stocking up cushions and pouches
Secret life hack
If you have fabric with selvedge sides and you want curtains, then the best way forward is to buy curtain rings and clips at Ikea. You just need to hem your fabric’s top and bottom, then clip it to the rings - Ta-da! There goes your beautiful curtain!
Most treasured possession
An original signed screen print by Sanna Annukka - a Finnish designer I love.
Suzie's most treasured possession
Worst pyjama set
I use a lot of mix and match stuff at the moment - Our flat is so cold, during summer I wear night dresses with UGGs!
Dream home outfit
Loose dress and woolly socks - I like to be comfortable.
Culture vulture - Suzie's current recommandations
The Alienist on Netflix. A crime series in costumes!
I read mostly non-fiction. I found Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon truly inspiring.
The Minimalists - it puts me in a de-cluttering mood.
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro - really good and a lot lighter than Pan’s Labyrinth.
I always make a smoothie for breakfast: turmeric, oats, almond milk, banana, peanut butter and cinnamon. It’s basically a banana smoothie but it’s very soothing for the tummy.
Suzie’s playlist on Spotify - I love Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists!