A day in the life of interior designer Abigail Ahern
Interior designer Abigail, 49, is founder of her eponymous homeware business. She lives in London with her husband Graham and two dogs
Wake-up time for me is 5am. I start the day by going through emails with a peppermint tea, which sounds a bit sad, but things tend to get crazy and chaotic later on so it’s the best time for me to get it done. Four days a week, I head off for a hot yoga class at 6.30am. I only took it up about a year ago but now I’m a total convert – I used to be a bit rubbish at work-life balance and it has completely changed my mindset. I’m back at my desk by about 8am after a quick breakfast.
I run my business from home, and my team arrive at around 8.30am. Generally there will be seven or eight of us there, including my husband Graham, who takes care of the business operations and logistics, and my sister Gemma. We work really closely together, which can have its challenges, so we have a rule that Graham and I aren’t allowed to talk about work after 8pm.
Because we’re quite a small team, I’m involved in every part of the business, from the website design to writing emails to subscribers. There’s also a lot of design time in my day – anything from botanicals to lighting or cushions. I’m very particular about how everything looks, but I have had to learn to delegate.
I always have lunch with Gem, usually sitting at our desks bolting down some soup. Then at least three afternoons a week I visit our flagship store in Islington. Back at home, I finish the day as I started it by dealing with emails.
I finish around 7pm and often we’ll go to a local restaurant. As I spend so much time at home during the day, it’s nice to get out. I’m super-lazy so I don’t like to go too far, but it has to be somewhere pet-friendly, as our dogs Mungo and Maud come along too. abigailahern.com
‘I took up hot yoga a year ago – I used to be rubbish at work-life balance but it has completely changed my mindset’