5 minutes with Sophie Ashby 


'I believe there is a poetry in the tension of combining art, antiques, craft, colour, pattern, and texture; the careful layering brings character and feeling to a home'. Introducing the mega talented Sophie Ashby Founder of Studio Ashby and Sister by Studio Ashby and co Founder of United In Design.

My style dish Aubergine Parmigiana

As a rule make too much

The most underrated ingredient Anchovies

The last place I ate and loved The Little Fish and Chip Shop, Southwold, Suffolk

My favourite utensil garlic crusher

The last thing I bought and loved Electric hand whisk, didn’t have one of those before – makes beating sugar and eggs a whole lot easier

The habit I enjoy most Kicking off the weekend with a big bowl of crisps and wine

Floral Court, Covent Garden by Studio Ashby

My favourite smell holiday = cypress and pine trees

I've recently discovered the joy of reading cookbooks and the inspiration they bring

The best piece of cooking advice I was ever given Don’t forget to taste as you go

The best piece of business advice I was ever given Learn when to say no and learn when to walk away, trust your instincts.


Sophie with husband Charlie Casely-Hayford

I am very bad at Timings, I rely on my husband to monitor things from the moment I’ve put something in the oven as I get too distracted by the next thing!

The moment that everything changed for me September 2014, I had just started my own business and met my now husband Charlie

My favourite kitchen is mine at home, it once belonged to Jocasta Innes (author of The Pauper’s Cookbook and Paint Magic) and has so much soul and warmth

The best books I've read in the past year Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams and Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

The last music I downloaded was Anaïs’ song ‘Nina’

If I weren't doing what I do I’d be a florist

To de-stress I take a long bath, try and switch off and read my book

This year I've really come to appreciate how lucky I am in every sense

Floral Court, Covent Garden by Studio Ashby 


Robertson Small Hotel, South Africa Studio Ashby