StyleNest chat to English actress, singer and presenter, Amanda Holden to find out all about her latest BundleBerry launch with QVC. And it doesn’t stop there…we also chat, family, fashion and how to look fabulous!
Do you have any favourite pieces from your latest BundleBerry QVC collection?
Yes, I am completely obsessed with the trunks, especially the millennial pink and the grey.
Where do you get your interiors inspiration from?
I am very lucky and get to travel a lot, I pick up ideas from various hotels and rented villa’s, and all my good girlfriends have got great taste, so I usually wander around their houses and get some ideas
When did you first become interested in interiors?
I remember picking out tiles – and helping my mum decide on the colours for the house, when I was ten or eleven
What is your favourite room in the house?
My favourite room is the lounge, it is a very large room divided by a fireplace in the middle. I love it as it is multiple spaces in one, and really versatile. I have a more formal corner for meetings, and then a big comfy area for boxsets. There is also a baby grand in the corner, which no-one plays until we have parties
What advice would you give our readers who are decorating their first home?
I am obsessed with Houzz and pinterest, it really helps you visualise your ideas and create your own moodboards. Buy classic pieces of furniture that will last you throughout different houses. Also when you’re deciding on paint colours, paint a larger patch than usual, especially near and away from windows. Sometimes grey’s are green or purple in different lights.
What interior trends will see emerging this season?
I think we’re going to see a lot of pastels and metallics, which is something which most people already have in their home, or easy to add as an inexpensive accessible trend.
We dont know how you do it all and still manage to look so youthful and radiant, what are your beauty secrets?
That’s a lovely thing to hear, but you should see me most mornings on a typical school run… because of my job I’m always seen when I’ve made an effort. I am very blessed with good genes, and I eat healthily – although I’m a firm believer in red wine.
When you’re not busy working what do you do to unwind?
I take the dogs for a walk, have massages, read and my husband and I are addicted to boxsets. It’s our favourite way to relax in an evening when the kids are in bed.
You are a mum and businesswoman what has been your ultimate achievement?
In all honesty, as a mother I would say that having children is the most wonderful and difficult achievement in the world. It’s an ongoing challenge, I just want them to be happy and good natured, and be kind to other girls.
Being in the public eye, you met have to be conscious on what you wear, what are your style tips?
I have always been a classic dresser, I have never really bought anything hugely avant grade or cutting edge. A – I find it a bit of a waste of money, and B – you can’t usually wear it the following year. I am a massive fan of looking at catwalks and runways and finding similar styles on the highstreet, like Zara, Reiss or LK Bennett. I try to only wear designer wear on TV budgets.
How do you keep in shape with a busy schedule?
I run and do yoga when my schedule allows.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Haha, I’m not sure! Am I Mystic Mandy now?!
What’s your business inspiration?
Find something you’re passionate about and start small. Spread the word and believe in yourself – and always do the maths..
Do you have any family friendly spots in the UK or London you can recommend?
We love to visit my parents in Cornwall and the kids love the Milkyway Park, along with the amazing beaches. Spending all day in the rock pools and climbing.
Women often lose their confidence and sense of self, what advice would you give to women to help them get their style back?
I wore a type of waist trainer designed for woman who have just had a baby. It supports the muscles and helps your organs realigns. I found this comforting and painless, and it helped with water drainage too. I also recommend wearing a lot of black and just feeling comfortable, always remember it takes nine months to make a baby, so it makes sense that it would take longer than that to get back to ‘normal’. It also helps if you have a supportive partner who can remind you every day what a special person you are.
What is your ultimate wardrobe staple?
Paige Jeans and Polo neck
How would describe your style?
My husband says ‘chic’ and I’d say classic.
Any top tips on how to look fabulous in five minutes?
Sunglasses and lipgloss – or a balaclava.
What’s Your Motto?
Never give up!!
Amanda Holden’s BundleBerry collection is available exclusively at qvcuk.com