Emma Jeffs is a UK-based designer, maker, researcher and educator with a focus on textile, surface and product design. Her background blends craft and industry experience and takes a flexible approach to working on a variety of projects, from window films for sale and as custom work to developing a line of neckwear and serving as a business mentor. When her daughter was born, she moved her office into her home to spend more time with her, but now that she is older, Emma has moved out again to find a better balance and separation between work and life. She resides in southwest London in a 1960s home next to a large park. The style of her home is a constantly evolving collection of all the things she loves. Thanks, Emma, and thanks to Akemi Kurosaka for the photos!— Anne
Image above: Our kitchen; we did this all ourselves. When we moved in we had no kitchen — not even a sink! My partner is a chef, so lots of work surfaces are a must and everything has its place. You can see a little piece of my Otto window film, which is stuck onto the glass in the door frame. You can also see in this pic that we still have to finish boxing in the oven!
Image above: A snippet from my daughter’s room, including the paper birds I picked up before she was born. They cast wonderful shadows. My Otto window film is stuck onto an old cupboard that I didn’t have time to paint before she was born. The basket-size teacup I got from a trade show I exhibited at. A polystyrene manufacturing company had produced them to demonstrate how polystyrene could be moulded. I think they should put it into production, as everyone who sees it loves it. When my daughter was a little baby, she loved sitting in it.
See more of Emma’s London home after the jump . . .
Image above: I saw this shelf idea in a café and convinced my partner that we could recreate it in our kitchen. It’s great; it keeps all our oils, spices etc. within easy access and the worktop clear for cooking.
Image above: Living room with various artworks from friends and family. All my family are artists who work in print in some form. I also have framed some Kaffe Fassett fabrics. They remind me of my childhood, as my mother was big fan. The rug is from Ikea and so is the sofa (but I changed the legs).
Image above: A snippet of an area in my studio at home. Fabric curtains from Ikea hiding my enormous fabric collection. On the wall are some test strips of my wall ribbon product, Gingham and Lace. You can stick them horizontally or vertically. I hope to produce more of these this year.
Image above: We built this glass extension on the house. It is lovely to be able to see directly into the garden throughout the year. The room is mainly used as a play space for my little girl, and sometimes it becomes a dance floor for our summer garden parties. When we moved here, the garden was just a patch of dirt. I have slowly transformed it, building the timber planters and laying the paving and then planting. I was not a gardener at all until we bought this house, and nearly all the plants were cuttings given to me by friends and family. I have loved seeing the plants establishing themselves. I am now hooked on growing and gardening.