Related to: 'Happy by Design'

By Terence Conran

Plain Simple Useful

Terence Conran has always believed that objects – and surroundings – that are plain, simple and useful are the key to easy living. Here are three projects to get you started on creating a contemporary living space.

Beth Penn

Beth Penn is a professional organizer, speaker and life hacker. "Overwhelming" is a word that Beth has heard often over her 10+ years servicing clients on physical and digital clutter. She is the founder of the thriving professional organizing business Bneato Bar, whose clients range from corporations looking for big-picture time management solutions to the busy individual simply flooded with email, paper and stuff. She has been appeared on the The Today Show for her Naked Inbox workshop, which helps people declutter their email inboxes.Penn has been featured in Real Simple Magazine, Oh Joy!, DesignLoveFest, and more, and has collaborated on projects with Style by Emily Henderson and Apartment Therapy. She has further connections to Houzz, The Huffington Post,, Pop Sugar, The Body Book blog, "Elise Gets Crafty" Podcast, The OWN Show, the LA Times, Poketo, Room + Board, West Elm, The Unique Space, The Unique CAMP and Yellow Conference.Discover more about Beth at or on Twitter and Instagram @bneatobar

Charlotte Cosby

Head of creative, Charlotte Cosby, has been working with Farrow & Ball for the past eight years. Charlotte began her career in finance, but she soon realized that her heart was in the creative world and she moved to Farrow & Ball in 2006. She has full responsibility for creative direction, including product development, brand identity, photography, showroom design and much more. Charlotte is passionate about pattern, colour and design and spends much of her free time redecorating her beautiful Victorian apartment by the sea.

Danielle Marchant

Danielle Marchant has a long work history as a successful executive coach in the corporate industry, working with top-level executives at companies such as HSBC, McKinsey Unilever and SAP. She has more than 13 years experience working with leaders in 20 different countries; and spent 3 years living and working in Asia, where she set up a pioneering coaching company and an award winning change management consultancy. After learning that goals and ambitions could be just as happily and successfully achieved when simply allowing the body and mind to pause, she adapted her coaching style with both personal and corporate clients to flow rather than fight against the ups and downs of life.Find out more about Danielle at

Dr Robert A Emmons PhD

Robert A Emmons, PhD is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, where he has taught since 1988.He received his PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of nearly 200 original publications in peer-reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited five books, including The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns (Guilford Press), The Psychology of Gratitude (Oxford University Press), Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Houghton-Mifflin) and Gratitude Works! A Twenty-One Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity (Jossey-Bass).A leader in the positive psychology movement, Dr Emmons is founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.He is Past-President of the American Psychological Association's Division 36, The Psychology of Religion. His research focuses on the psychology of gratitude and thankfulness in both adults and youth, and how they are related to human flourishing. His interests also include the psychology and spirituality of joy and grace as they relate to human flourishing.Dr Emmons has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John M Templeton Foundation, and the National Institute for Disability Research and Rehabilitation. His research has been featured in dozens of popular media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, US News and World Report, Newsweek, Time, NPR, PBS, and The Wall Street Journal.

Georgia Coleridge

Georgia Coleridge is a professional healer with a busy practice and lots of experience with chakras. She teaches workshops, runs retreats and is passionate about the subject of healing and energy. As a former journalist, she worked at the Daily Mail and has co-written two well-received parenting books. Her articles on health and healing have been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Evening Standard, the Daily Mail and Vogue.Find out more about Georgia on Instagram @chakraproject or at

Holly Farrell

Holly Farrell spent two years at RHS Gardens Wisley where she gained the Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture, and the RHS Certificate and Diploma (both with Commendation), and where she won the Nicholson Prize for overall contribution to RHS Garden Wisley as a trainee. After working as Head Gardener on a private estate she now combines designing and improving gardens for private clients with her developing career as a garden writer for publications such as Kitchen Garden and the RHS magazine The Garden. Holly is the author of RHS Plants from Pips, RHS Gardening for Mindfulness and Planting Plans for Your Kitchen Garden: How to Create a Vegetable, Herb and Fruit Garden in Easy Stages. She lives in Oxfordshire.

Joa Studholme

Having joined Farrow & Ball over 19 years ago, Joa Studholme has amassed a vast wealth of experience. From developing the new colours to consulting on design projects, Joa has worked with the paints and papers every day on both residential and commercial projects. A self-confessed 'colour-geek', Joa's passion for interior design and colour means her own home is under constant renovation and she claims to redecorate it at least once a month.

Joanna Nylund

Joanna Nylund was born and raised in Finland, where she started her writing career doing music reviews for a local magazine at age 15. After studying English literature at university and living in the UK for a few years, she has been working as a translator, journalist, copywriter and photographer. She resides in Helsinki with her husband.Aside from writing for Finnish newspapers and magazines on topics of culture, literature and history, Joanna is a regular contributor to ThisIsFinland, the Finnish Foreign Ministry's portal on all things Finnish, and SCAN Magazine. She has to rustle up a bit more sisu whenever cold autumn winds begin beating the Helsinki shoreline where she goes running, but secretly enjoys the challenge.Find out more about Joanna on Instagram @joannaulfsdotter, Facebook @joanna.nylund or her website and blog at

Judith Miller

Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV's Antiques Trail, and Discovery's It's Your Bid. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and CNN. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.

Judy Hall

Judy Hall is a leading authority on crystals and spiritual development. She has over 45 years of experience in crystal healing, karmic astrology and past-life therapy. She is the author of over 40 books, including the bestselling The Crystal Bible (2003) and The Crystal Bible 2 (2009) and The Crystal Bible 3 (2013). The Crystal Bible has sold over 1 million copies worldwide and Judy's books have been translated into over 15 languages. Judy was voted the 2014 Kindred Spirit MBS personality of the year and she was listed in the 2015 Watkins Review of the 100 most spiritually influential authors.

Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen has been teaching Qigong and Taiji from 1992. She is a senior instructor member, past committee member and honorary vice president of The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. She is a Level 8 senior instructor of Practical Tai Chi Chuan International, and an instructor member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts. Since 1992 she has taught thousands of people of all ages and requirements, and given workshops, talks, demonstrations and performances to a wide variety of groups and institutions, including London Mind Body Soul exhibitions and GMTV. Her longtime interest in physical and mental health and the mysteries of a joyful, peaceful, youthful spirit are driving forces in her life.

Linnea Dunne

Linnea Dunne was born and raised in Sweden, where she started her writing career as a columnist at the local newspaper aged 15. She left for Ireland a few years later and eventually moved to London, where she studied Creative Writing and Political Communications. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and two half-Swedish kids, trying to achieve that lagom balance against all odds. Linnea's work on subjects ranging from motherhood to women's rights and media narratives has been published by (among others) the Irish Times, the Guardian and the Irish Independent, and she also works as Editor of Scan Magazine. The irony of the fact that she escaped her home country, never made it back, and now spends the majority of her day writing about Scandinavian culture, innovation and trends is lost on no one.

Martha Roberts

Martha Roberts is an award-winning journalist who has written for YOU magazine, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, Glamour and Sunday Express. She is a columnist at Psychologies magazine where she has written about evidence-based ways of achieving happiness and now writes about colour and how it makes us think and act. Her blog was shortlisted for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2017 in the Best Colour Inspiration Category (sponsored by Farrow & Ball). She takes on private commissions for bespoke shelf art.Social media: Twitter @martharoberts01 Instagram @the_colour_file

Nancy Kline

Nancy created and pioneered the development of The Thinking Environment and is Founder and President of Time To Think. A published author and public speaker, she also teaches Time To Think courses, leads the Time To Think Faculty and delivers keynote presentations around the world.Time To Think began in 1984 and grew out of Nancy's consulting and teaching work near Washington, DC, where she had served as a Founding Director of The Thornton Friends School for twelve years and as Director of The Leadership Institute for six years. She is a Fellow of Ashridge Management College, UK, and the International Listening Association's Listener of the Year 2010.Nancy was born and raised in New Mexico and lives in England with her husband, Christopher Spence.

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely is the visionary and founder of a global brand. An expert on print and colour, she has created a world that is renowned for its individual voice and unique perspective on both fashion and homeware. Her flagship store in London's Covent Garden is the epicentre of a global business that has won four prestigious UK Fashion Export Awards. Her work is presented at London Fashion Week, and extends into luggage, stationery, gardening and homeware. The Orla Kiely design studio has collaborated with leading brands such as Heal's, Clarks, Apple and Uniqlo.

Patricia Mercier

Patricia Mercier trained as a yoga teacher many years ago with specific emphasis on making yoga accessible to the Western mind, creating a bridge to traditional teachings. She is a fellow of Hygeia College of Colour, a qualified holistic healer using various energy techniques and has written extensively on these subjects. She is author of The Chakra Bible, The Chakra Experience, Chakras and four books about Mayan teachings from Central America. She has been upon a visionary path since initiations with esoteric teachers and shamans.

Patrizia Collard

Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, stress management consultant and lecturer in psychotherapy at the University of East London. Her books include Journey into Mindfulness, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, Awakening the Compassionate Mind (2014), and The Little Book of Mindfulness. Dr Collard's wide range of approaches and methodologies include mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, core energy management, existential therapy, drama therapy, yoga and meditation, relaxation and self-hypnosis.

Susannah Marriott

Susannah Marriott is a freelance writer who specialises in issues of parenting, complementary health and folklore. She is an established author with 19 illustrated books to her name, including The Art of Motherhood and Total Meditation for Spruce. Her articles have also appeared in Weekend Guardian, You, Marie Claire, Zest, She and Junior, and she has broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She currently lectures on Professional Writing at University College, Falmouth.

Terence Conran

Terence Conran is one of the world's best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. In the 1960s he founded Habitat - the chain of homeware stores that brought good, modern design within reach of the general population for the very first time.Over the subsequent 50 years Terence built another group of companies centred around design, retailing, restaurants and hotels. Today, Conran owns restaurants and shops in eight cities throughout the world and a design business serving many international clients that includes architecture and interior design, product and graphic design and brand licensing.In January 2011 Conran began working with Marks & Spencer in the UK, designing an exclusive range of homewares for the store. In 2012 Conran signed a deal to collaborate with US retail giant jcpenney to design an exclusive range of furniture, lighting and accessories for the home. The initial collection launched in spring 2013 into 300 jcpenney stores throughout the US and there will be new ranges launching each spring and autumn.Terence was knighted for his services to design in 1983 and has been provost of the Royal College of Art in London. In 1982 he opened the very first museum in the world dedicated to design, which is now the celebrated Design Museum in London, due to move to new premises in 2015 thanks to a massive expansion programme.

Victoria Harrison

Victoria Harrison is the UK Editor of Houzz ( and an interiors columnist for the Metro and the i newspaper. She has 14 years' experience as a writer and stylist, working across many of the leading interior design titles such as Ideal Home, House Beautiful, The English Home and Real Homes. She has also held the position of Creative Editor of and Channel Editor of She was named by Decorex as one of the 100 most influential people on Twitter and was nominated as the Best Interior Design Craft Blogger in both 2015 and 2016 by Amara.Find out more about Victoria on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Houzz @victoriaharrisonwrites and on Twitter @_vickyharrison.