Step inside the digital world of legendary interior designer, Bee Osborn, founder of Studio Osborn.

Bee Osborn is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning interior designer. Based in the idyllic Cotswolds, her projects span from residential right through to luxury hotels and even, on occasion, private yachts. Having cut her teeth in property development as a means of supporting her then-small children, two decades later she is the principal designer at the renowned eponymous Studio Osborn, as well as having founded Osborn Interiors, which sells the decorative pieces that have proved most coveted over the years.

Here she tells us how social media allowed her to meet her heroine and why it is imperative never to compare oneself.

My favourite website...


I really like any websites that are clean looking and easy to navigate.



My favourite app...


Stocard. I love having all my store cards in one place and not having to carry them with me. Also, Apple Pay: genius!

My favourite blog...


Belgian Pearls by Greet Lefèvre, a wonderful Belgian interior designer.

My favourite podcast...


Fearne Cotton on Happy Place, with whoever she is interviewing. It’s all about finding the joy in daily life.



My most recent onlinbe buy...


DIY cocktail kits from Mixology With Olly. Absolutely delicious.

Last book you downloaded of read...


I listen to audiobooks when I’m out walking. My last one was The Power Is Within You by Louise Hay.

Favourite Instagrammer...


@Art_Untamed_. I find it so fun and uplifting.



Favourite tech gadget...


My Apple Watch. I’m obsessed.

Most useful digital resource in lockdown...


Parking apps and Trainline. Also VSCO, Unfold and finally Sheerluxe for all sorts of information. Oh, and all online cooking resources, as well as Happy Not Perfect for mindfulness.

Most inspirational digital resource in lockdown...


Susannah Taylor for how to stay healthy. And Louise Parker Method for wellness.

First thing you look at on your mobile when you wake up...


Instagram. Don’t judge me!



Last thing you binge-watched...


The Serpent, and I was absolutely gripped by it.

Favourite brands you have discovered online...


Elle Nage for swimwear. Liv’s Letters, a south-west London-based calligrapher. Circle & Stone for jewellery and Cro-che for sustainable fashion.

Social media allowed me to meet...


The filmmaker Nancy Meyers, which was totally awesome as she’s my heroine.



The best digital advice I’ve been given is...


To install two-step authentication to prevent getting hacked again.

My screensaver is...


My girls.

My standout online memory...


Seeing my new website for the first time. It was an incredibly proud moment.

My pet online hate is...


When ads pop up relentlessly.



Do you have any online rules or resolutions?


I try to switch everything off an hour before bed – but it’s more like a minute!

The Internet: on balance, a force for good or ill?


One hundred per cent good. You can run your life from the Internet and it makes it all so effortless. The only thing I don’t like is the emotional fallout on social media, which can make some people feel less than others. Especially teenagers. I try very hard not to compare myself to people and I tell my girls to do the same.

By Nancy Alsop
September 2021

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