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

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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’

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