A freelance journalist and writer for 18 years based in London, New Zealand, Miami and Ibiza, today Abbey works as a copywriter and blogger from the tranquillity of her Norfolk home. No longer lurking beneath the darkness of clubs and screening rooms scribing music, culture and lifestyle features, she is now penning her magnum opus, a novel of Victorian gothic proportions, far from the madding crowd.
When she’s not writing Abbey likes to get distressed in her West Acre workshop, reviving, revamping and reloving unwanted furniture using painting, distressing and decoupage techniques to create quirky, unique and environmentally sustainable pieces for her shabby chic upcycled furniture business Abbey Chic. Her latest collection of decoupage lamp and light shades using vintage graphics reflects her passion for art and interiors.
Dedicated to low carbon living and minimising her footprint on the Earth, Abbey finds that recycling and reusing redundant items and giving them a new lease of life is a wonderful way of clearing her carbon conscience. She loves working with Annie Sloan chalk paint – a non-toxic, water-based medium that is lead-free, EG-free, odour-free and has very low volatile organic compounds – on all of her furniture, and what began as a hobby – taking unloved treasures and giving them a new story to tell, with a touch of creativity – has become the ethos for her brand and her life.