The Online Business Interview: Lucy Gough, Interior Stylist

“I am currently writing my second online course so my exercise routine has gone out the window.” says interior stylist, Lucy Gough. Here, she talks about work-life balance, online courses, tech she couldn’t live without and finding inspiration…

Lucy Gough is a London-based Interior Stylist and styles for numerous clients in the commercial, editorial and advertising sectors. She’s been featured on the BBC, Livingetc, Elle Decoration, Forbes, Sunday Times, Grazia and Evening Standard.

What time do you wake up in the morning?
Whenever the kids wake up – no need for an alarm clock. Anytime between 5:30 am -7:30 am.

What’s the first thing you do?
Check my phone to see what ungodly hour it is. 

When’s breakfast?
I try and have breakfast with the kids around the table – usually, around 7:45 am-8 am.

What time do you start work?
After the school run – I come home, do a quick tidy and make a cup of tea and I am at my desk by 10 am.

Where do you work from (home, studio, office etc)?
I work from home in the purpose-built garden studio that I share with my wife. We have worked side-by-side from home together for almost 7 years.

Tell us about the work you do, including the online side of it…
I am an Interior Stylist and I create inspiring photographic imagery for exciting brands and glossy magazines. I also run online courses where I teach people all about interior styling.

Do you break for lunch – and if yes, what’s on the menu?
I usually have lunch at my desk. I am currently doing the Jane Plan weight loss method (I am trying to lose my lock-down weight) so I eat lovely pre-made lunches like curries and veggie stews.

How do you lift yourself from the afternoon slump?
We have a fabulous posh coffee machine so we have a latte every day at 2:30 pm. I really look forward to 2:30 pm every day.

Do you incorporate exercise into your workday?
I do the occasional 15 min yoga session in my sitting room and I was really enjoying the couch to 5k app for a number of months but I am currently writing my second online course so my exercise routine has gone out the window. 2021 will see the return of running though.

Where do you go for inspiration?
Restaurants and bars. I also love posh hotel powder rooms. I also love seeing how visual merchandisers dress windows of stores in central London. They have to be so clever to create an amazing space in a tiny window.

What tech could you not live without?
My iPhone- my whole life is on it. And also my kitchen radio from Ruark. I listen to the radio from morning till night. 

Finish this sentence: The Internet is…
the best and the worst part of my working day. It’s an amazing resource to have but it’s so invasive and I spend way too much time on it.

What time do you finish for the day?
I pick my eldest son up at 3:30 pm from school so part one of my day is over at 3:20 pm. But when the kids have gone to sleep at night I start again from 8-10 pm at least four nights a week.

Are the evenings for rest, work or play?
All three – mostly work. We watch TV three nights a week at least. Not much play this year. Bring on 2021 for socialising.

What are you reading/watching at the moment? How do you switch off from work nowadays?
I don’t switch off from work very often. My work is also my hobby so I genuinely love it. Saturday mornings are for FaceTiming my family in Australia and also reading interiors books from my bookshelf while drinking a cup of tea – it’s half an hour of proper me time. I am reading Vanishing Half for 10 mins each night before bed. I have just started listening to podcasts in the last couple of weeks and really enjoyed Intrigue on BBC sounds. 

Screens in the bedroom, or banned?
Banned, mostly…

Finish this sentence: This time next year, I’ll be….
spending Christmas in Australia with my family. It’s been three years since I saw my sister.


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