We got in touch with Interior Stylist
Maxine Brady to find out a bit more about her fantastic career and chat all
Hi Maxine, it’s lovely to meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Maxine Brady, and I’m an award-winning Interior Stylist, TV Presenter, and blogger from Brighton. I share my peppermint Victorian terrace house with my white fluffy dog, Teddy. And I create interiors that make you feel amazing, lift your spirits, and bring you limitless joy.
For the last 20 years, I’ve been a creative force in the world of home design making over 100 homes that have appeared on TV, magazine covers and style shoots. I have an active social media account at @maxinebradystyling and my blog is maxinebrady.com.
Sounds like you keep very busy! How did you get into the world of interior styling?
After graduating University, I got my lucky break as the junior on a glossy decor title. I was immersed in the glorious world of interiors, and I would pinch myself that this was my ACTUAL job. In a few short years, I landed roles at House Beautiful, Elle and Home magazine on the style teams creating cover shoots and room makeovers.
Over the past two decades, my career has had some exciting twists – especially when I work on TV shows like This Morning, Good Morning Britain, Grand Designs, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, Ugly House, Selling Houses, Cowboy Builders, Kirsty’s Homemade Home and Gok Wan’s Fill Your House for Free. I’m known as the go-to stylist for celebrities like Sophie Robinson, George Clarke, Gok Wan, Linda Barker, Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen, Oliver Heath, Louis Spence, Melinda Messenger, Kim & Aggie and Amanda Lamb. Last year, I hosted my own primetime Channel 5 TV show called ‘Incredible Christmas Trees and How To Decorate Them’. This year, I want to do more TV presenting – so watch this space!
My work takes me around the world styling out in New York, Australia, New Zealand, Cape Town and the Middle East. I absolutely love what I do!
Wow, what a career! What’s your best interior styling tip for people’s homes?
Once you have finished decorating, it's time to turn attention to the 'pfaffage' - otherwise known as accessories! Which we ALL know is the best part! Using bits and bobs, you can create little corners in your space, injecting personality into rooms. From H&M face vases, vintage records, disco balls, pineapple laundry baskets, to plates, and lighting - everything has a story. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.
When people pop round to my home for the first time, they often go quiet. Their eyes scan around my home as they take it all in. And if they give me a half a chance, I'll chat through one or two of the stories behind each item. It's like living history in my space. And I've not even chatted about the styling opportunities they bring!
What a great tip! I personally love seeing people’s possessions in their homes, displaying things they love brings a real sense of joy to the space. Do you enjoy working with specific colours or interior styles?
With my job, I work with all the latest trends translating them into magazine shoots. My world is immersed in colour! I can be decorating a country barn one week, then creating a modernist room set the following week. My job is so varied, and I get to play with looks on a weekly basis.
In my own home, I love colour and pattern, and have used both throughout my home. I keep the walls plain, then I can switch things up easily to bring trends into my home.