Despite a major move from London in search of a healthier lifestyle, designer Petra Boase still risks intoxicating herself every day with fumes. Today she is busy with spray mount in her studio, a converted outbuilding next to the Norfolk flint cottage she shares with her husband,
Petra’s work includes making distinctively quirky greetings cards, notebooks and photograph albums, plus baby clothes and tea towels, all of which she sells through gift shops and over the internet.
The cottage, on the edge of Thetford Forest, was originally intended as a weekend bolt hole, but within months of buying it the couple decided to relocate there permanently. Here, the family relax on decking overlooking the beach.
Tongue-and-groove panelling, white sanitaryware and chunky fittings create a country-style bathroom. The brick walls above the dado add a warming touch.
This is my own personal cottage-industry sweat shop, the designer owner laughs, looking up from her transfer press on which she is making textile designs. If we still lived in London, I honestly think I would be burnt out by now. But, here, I can balance work with bringing up a family yet still have the space and freedom to design.
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