Londoner Katie McCrum uncovered her passion for travel and interiors when she visited India as a child. Inspired by colours, textiles and culture, she draws on her travel experiences in her work. The result is the thoughtful and considered designs of her award-winning interior design practice McCrum Interior Design. Katie’s work takes her around the world and she also enjoys traveling with her partner.
Interior designer: Katie McCrum
As founder and hands on Creative Director of her eponymous interior design agency, Katie has built her respected practice over 16 years. She prides herself on keeping the design process simple and straightforward working with clients to deliver projects with her distinctive elegant and urban style.
This beautiful private apartment designed by Katie is often used for magazine photo shoots.
Katie guest lectures at the Interior Design School in London and is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design. (BIID). In the future she hopes to combine her interior design skills with her partner’s skills in fitness and rehabilitation to run super stylish health and fitness retreats. Sounds amazing.
Katie’s travel style
The first trip I remember was to India. It was colourful and vibrant with so many different smells and the people we met were open and welcoming. I loved it and it probably started my interest and passion for interiors and travel.
These days I travel frequently for work. I don’t like the long haul flights but it’s often worth it. I was in Sydney and Melbourne earlier this year and both cities totally exceeded my expectations. We took a trip to MONA in Hobart, Tasmania which was outstanding! I often try to tag on extra time wherever I am to see the country and explore.
On a personal level my partner and I take a month off each year to travel. This year we’ll be in LA and driving accross west coast of America and next year it will be Japan.
What do you choose to splurge on your travels and why?
We always splurge on accommodation and food.
Accommodation should be spotlessly clean with touches of luxury and a high quality mattress. The devil is in the detail and it can make all the difference.
Splashing out on sampling new, delicious and interesting food and restaurants is almost always worth it.
Katie’s favourite places and spaces
✪ India – anywhere! I love the explosion of the senses and vibrancy of this most colourful of countries
✪ You can’t beat the pace and intensity of a visit to New York
✪ You must visit Cape Town in South Africa for the views from table mountain and the cool city and beach lifestyle
✪ We love visiting Mallorca for relaxing and unwinding
Insider tips for visitors to Camden, London
Stay in Camden
At our gorgeous little garden cabin in Camden! It is a peaceful haven from the nearby bustle and excitement of Camden and Kings Cross. We love meeting new people, hearing about their lives and travels and helping them to discover about all the hidden and not so hidden gems in our hood!
Eat, drink, do – a perfect London weekend
Don’t miss brunch at amazing Kiwi run Caravan in Granary Square, Kings Cross. Undeniably the best brunch and coffee in London. Then stroll around Soho and Covent Garden to the Tate Modern for a bit of culture. Before you head home make sure you stop for dinner just round the corner at Dishoom – delicious Indian food and cocktails in a fantastic space!
Burn it off the next day with a walk around Hampstead Heath and a dip in the ponds. Lastly, you must try a pint and scotch egg at legendary boozer the Bull & Last in Hampstead.
Katie designed tranquil ‘Camden Cabin‘ available to rent on ‘The Plum Guide‘ – a curated collection of special accommodation in London. Thanks Katie for being part of the Travel Traits series on Untold Morsels
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As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own based on personal experience.
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