For a Jubilee edition of Taking Time, we recently spoke to Designer & Author, Sophie Conran. From enjoying the simple pleasures in life to discussing how to put together an inviting celebratory table for the upcoming Jubilee celebrations, we hope you enjoy reading.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started up Sophie Conran?
I was lucky enough to grow up in a wonderful family of designers and creatives encompassing the fields of food, fashion, retail, museums, gardens, furniture making, art and all the good stuff. I started Sophie Conran in 2013 as a way of bringing my ideas and passions together to bring a cohesive collection for the home to life and it has grown from there.
We recently visited your beautiful home, Salthrop House in Wiltshire – what is your favourite room in the house and why?
This is a really difficult question because each room provides a different feeling for a different time of day. I love having breakfast in the dining room as the morning light streams in, sitting quietly in the drawing room, or chatting and enjoying the company of friends. The bedroom is a quiet refuge which I look forward to sinking into at night.
At Peter’s Yard, our ethos is all about taking time for the simple pleasures in life – tell us, what are your favourite pastimes?
I agree with your ethos of enjoying the simple pleasures in life. I find great pleasure in growing vegetables and flowers from seed, cooking for friends and family, from what’s in season. Also, I love having my own chickens and their delicious fresh eggs.
Our recent partnership together features celebrations for the upcoming Jubilee – what are your tips for putting together a celebratory table?
Firstly, start with the tablecloth and napkins (a patterned tablecloth is very forgiving, especially if you have young children!). Then, I’ll add coloured glassware and lots of delicious looking food and plenty of seasonal flowers which we grow in abundance here at Salthrop House.
We would love to know what is your favourite cheese/topping with Peter’s Yard crackers?
Butter! The best butter you can find. Although I do love cheese, butter and marmite is my favourite topping to have with my Peter’s Yard crackers.
Finally, what are your plans for the rest of 2022?
I am very excited about my new AW22 Collections which will be a rainbow of colour, filled with joy. I am looking forward to seeing the garden spring back into life.
Find more on Sophie Conran Homeware here.
Sourdough crackers and crispbreads
Our hand-baked sourdough crackers and crispbreads are the perfect accompaniment to artisan cheeses, cured meats and dips.