Janice issitt
Janice Issitt

Janice Issitt

June 2016

13 questions to the colour lover & DIY champ

Janice Issitt is not afraid to get her hands dirty. When she swapped busy London for the quaint UK countryside 9 years ago, she started renovating her new home by hand, tearing down walls and painting every inch of the space with her trademark colour combinations. She also made all the curtains and soft furnishings, taught herself how to re-cover chairs and sofas and up-cycle furniture bought at auction. We caught up with this power lady to answer 13 quick fire questions about her life and style.


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A bit about yourself:

My name is Janice and I’m 57 years young. I lived in London until 9 years ago when I moved out to the countryside and started to develop my love for interior design. Previously I had worked in the music business as Head Of International Promotions at a record company. Also selling things I made on market stalls at Portobello and Camden.

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Where you live and who you live with:

Now I live in a small village in Buckinghamshire surrounded by thatched cottages. I live with my four cats and a musician.

Favourite/coolest item in your home:

I have so many favourite and cool items honestly that is so difficult to decide, but I do love my carved buffalo skull, my weird and wonderful sofa with Egyptian style legs, and the cast iron fireplace which I fitted.

Fail-safe decorating trick:

My fail-safe decorating trick; paint coloured walls and if you don’t like them paint over them, it’s only paint.

First thing you thought of this morning:

The first thing I thought of this morning is ‘what day is it’ therefore what hashtag photo should I post on instagram, oh it’s Tuesday so its #aquietstyle, then check who has joined my hashtag #behomefree

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A talent you wish you had:

I wish I was a carpenter, I would love to have the strength to saw wood and use power tools more. It would also be handy to learn to be a plasterer, electrician and plumber!

Advice to your younger self:

I would never give my younger self advice, I think everyone should learn by experiences, whether they are good or bad. I had an amazing career and the bad things in life were simply not the sort of thing that anyone could change, they were just part of life.

Favourite band of all times:

Well, as I worked in the music business I have quite a lot of bands that I loved because I worked with them including; Metallica, Nick Cave, Moby, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Erasure, Depeche Mode, quite a variety really. If I had to pick one it would be Metallica.

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Your style icon:

Coco for clothes (especially her story of when she was younger) and I don’t really have one for interiors.

Favourite /least favourite colour:

Favourite colour: deep turquoise teal (Florence by Annie Sloan). Least favourite colour – beige.

Best way to de-compress:

Knitting while watching Games Of Thrones

A superpower you wish you had:

My superpower would be to never age, like Dorian Gray, with a portrait in the attic.

Cats or Dogs:


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Janice's Little Black Book on Aylesbury

Coolest thing about your town:

The wild animal rescue hospital that I volunteer for, it’s called Tiggywinkles. We take everyone to the visitors centre there to meet hedgehogs, foxes, badgers, owls and squirrels

Favourite Place to hang out

I like to hang out at home or at friends houses but the most unusual café is a place in the woods just outside Berkhamsted called Sanuk.

Top three local stores

All independents – Holy Cow Home Aylesbury, White Hart Studios Haddenham – Town & Colonial Berkhamsted (which also has a cool café).

Online interior stores that I will always check -

The Online interior stores that I will always check Abigail Ahern, Rocket St. George, Rose and Gray, Miafleur Home, Loaf.

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