Creative Musings - Ali Heath

Matthew Cox Home: Alun Callender

Front cover of Ali's new book Create

Lisa Mehydene Home: Michael Paul

Malene Birger Home: Image Birgitta Wolfgang Bjørnvad

Collage by Ali Heath

Anna Unwin Home: Image Michael Sinclair

Ali is an Author, Interior Designer, Stylist and Creative Consultant who is passionate about helping people connect creatively to their home, self + business.

She is an exquisite writer, creates beauty in everything she touches and has a warmth and generosity that immediately makes you feel at home. She has an intrinsic ability to meld old and new pieces with style and function.  How lucky was I to be asked to work on two commission pieces for the release of her new book CREATE {pinch myself moment}.  I feel so beyond grateful that Ali agreed to answer my five favourite questions.

1. If you could describe yourself in one word what would it be?
I would have to say CURIOUS. 
I have always been super curious and interested in people, places, the beauty of handmade and new, the history and patina of old finds, seeking out hidden corners and life stories that always unfold so many gems. A sense of curiosity is definitely 
a part of my everyday... small moments such as when the light falls unexpectedly and creates a magical moment out of nowhere; the ideas that are sparked from random chats; and the way atmosphere hugely impacts my senses and affects how I feel walking into a  space. 
I think to remain curious in life though, is a gift that brings immense joy, but also learning. And without curiosity life can become a bit one-dimensional and self-obsessed - it's never enough for me to lightly scratch the surface, I guess I always want to know more. And when people let you in to share meaningful moments and their own experiences, that for me is everything

2. What inspires you the most?

Good energy.

It's something I feel very intuitively the moment I meet someone or talk to them - it can be contagious and the impact of harnessing that in an individual or collaboratively can be immensely powerful. Like the conversations we have had and the beautiful giveaways that you created for me, for people pre-ordering CREATE. It was a gorgeous journey, and I am so happy to have commissioned you - your energy was palpable from a long way away. So thank you! 

3. Black, white, or all things earthy…which would you choose and why?

For me I would find it very hard to choose one - so would have to choose all three always. White is the backdrop for so much at home - working as a stylist and writer I get to see so much colour, so a white background at home - or varying shades of white, represents my everyday calm. 

Black is always prevalent too - a touch of black in any colour scheme adds depth and at home the contrast of black and white plays out through all our spaces. Earthy accents, however, are also part of what I love and enjoy. I am drawn to nature - and increasingly so as an adult. There are always cut branches, bowls full of collected seashells or pebbles, lots of old coral collections and random earthy finds that I love for their grounding and sculptural appeal. 

For me black, white, and earthy are always intertwined - they bring each other to life. 

4. If you could rearrange the furniture in one room of your house, what room would it be and why?

Haha, that's a question for a serial collector and curator! It happens all the time in every room! My poor family are used to helping me lug pieces around the house far too frequently. It's another reason why a black, white, earthy palette works for me at home as pieces are always interchangeable and you fall in love with things again when you see them in a fresh way. 

5. Favourite quote?

'Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.'
- Henry Miller

Go and take a look at Ali's gorgeous website, follow along on instagram and find her new book here