Sa­van­nah Miller

The de­signer and sis­ter of Si­enna, 38, re­veals how she bal­ances three busi­nesses and home life with her hus­band, Nick, and their three chil­dren

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Morn­ings are the cra­zi­est part of my day. I have three chil­dren (Moses, 11, Lyra, eight and Bali, five) so it’s 45 min­utes of get­ting them up, giv­ing them break­fast, mak­ing lunches, show­er­ing and find­ing bags and shoes – some­one al­ways puts them in the wrong place. I also have a 22-year-old step­son, Java, study­ing in Barcelona.

Once I’ve taken them to school, I’ll walk the dog. I find that re­ally re­lax­ing but, on the whole, re­lax­ation doesn’t get much of a look-in. I’m cur­rently work­ing on three projects: my bridal col­lec­tion in New York, Nine by Sa­van­nah Miller at Deben­hams and my make-up line, Sa­van­nah Miller x Bagsy.

Af­ter my walk I go into my of­fice in Stroud. I’m work­ing on so many projects, ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent. One minute I’ll be de­cid­ing which threads to use on my pieces, the next I’ll be in a meet­ing about pack­ag­ing and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment.

In the evening, af­ter a fam­ily din­ner, I read to all of the kids be­fore get­ting them into bed. By the time that’s done, it’s usu­ally 9pm so there’s never much of an evening left. Oc­ca­sion­ally Nick and I go out for din­ner, but in the win­ter we just lead a cosy cot­tage life.

I go to Lon­don for work a cou­ple of days a week. There I have more of a so­cial life as I go out with friends. I also go to New York fairly reg­u­larly to see my sis­ter [ac­tress Si­enna] and dad [art dealer Ed­win], who live there.

Keep­ing friends and fam­ily close is im­por­tant to me, so that’s what my week­ends are all about. I’ve set a rule that I won’t check my work emails on Satur­days or Sun­days. We go for walks and nice meals, and ev­ery Satur­day we go to Stroud Farm­ers’ Mar­ket to get our food for the week. That’s our favourite week­end rit­ual.

‘Keep­ing friends and fam­ily close is im­por­tant to me, so that’s what my week­ends are all about. I’ve set a rule that I won’t check my work emails on Satur­days or Sun­days’ ‘I find walk­ing the dog re­ally re­lax­ing but, on the whole, re­lax­ation doesn’t get much of a look-in’

My go-to beauty prod­uct is…

Ver­mil­ion Lip­stick, £ 16, Sa­van­nah Miller x Bagsy (bagsy­beauty.com)

My travel must-have is…

Cac­tus Flower & Ti­betan Gin­seng Hy­drat­ing Mist, £ 18, Kiehl’s (deben­hams.com)

I al­ways carry…

Melissa Hand Cream, £ 13.50, Neal’s Yard Reme­dies (neal­syardreme­dies.com)

I’ve re­cently read…

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Aba­cus, £9.99)

My guilty plea­sure is…

Cho­co­late cake. I’m ob­sessed with it!

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