My Favourite Things: Meg Mathews
PUBLISHED: 10:48 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:19 29 February 2016
Meg Mathews, 49, lives in Primrose Hill with her daughter Anaïs, 16, and their Boston Terrier Oscar, 5. Interior designer, animal rights campaigner and ex-wife of Noel Gallagher, Mathews is the business partner and brand ambassador for artisanal furniture designers the Baker Street Boys. She tells us about her favourite things.
Meg Mathews' favourite things
Anaïs made this for me when she was 11 years old. It's Heath Ledger as the Joker from Batman. If you fill it up with water it comes out of the two holes. I just think it's an amazing piece of sculpture. She's really into pottery, although I can't say that, I have to call it ceramics or she'll get cross at me! She's doing ceramics for her GCSEs now; she's the only one in her year at school doing it. I wanted to include her more recent pieces but she can't bring them home until they've been examined. She's made an oversized charm bracelet in ceramics that I can't wait to hang in the house.
I know its really old school, but Ive been using it since I was in my twenties and I dont think I look too bad for 50! There are so many oils that come out but Ill always stay faithful to this. When I first started buying it, it was like a fortune to me. It was a really special treat. The smell of the lotus oil is so lovely. I put the oil on twice a day: every night before I go to bed and again whilst Im in the shower. You do go through tons of it! When I was younger I used to put it on just three times a week but now Im at that age where youre drying from the inside out. I buy it in Primrose Hill Pharmacy, which is just two minutes' walk away.
The bag is from Goyard's on Mount Street, in Mayfair. It's very French, it's so chic and it never dates. You see all these French women in Paris and they all have Goyard bags. It's much chicer than Louis Vuitton. I've had this one for about eight or nine years. I'm very particular about storing all my bags. They're stuffed with towels and kept in protective bags so they don't get ruined or crumpled.
The perfume is a limited edition, exclusively from Libertys. It smells amazing. My partner Damon bought it for me for Christmas because I really wanted it. Im still loyal to Libertys. I designed a range of scarves and wallpaper for them. Its such a lovely shop to shop in.
This is from my latest furniture design collaboration with the Baker Street Boys. Its called The Line because everything has a line through it. This is the only one where the wood is white because I wanted everything in my house to be white. Then when I saw how beautiful the wood is unpainted I felt bad! Its made with 300-year-old oak thats been air dried; the natural colour and the rings are naturally so lovely.
I saw these Yves Saint Laurent Candy Knot 135 Leather Wedged Sandals in the shop the other day. I only meant to try them on because they were so wacky, but they were so comfortable! I thought if I don't buy them now, if I umm and ahh, they'll sell out because they only make one or two pairs in each size. I bought them home and I thought everyone would go yuck, but they loved them. They look great with a pair of jeans. In the summer I'll wear them with a pair of black shorts and a little white t-shirt. I'm 50 but I'm not slowing down, I'm still wearing wacky clothes. I'm not gonna go conservative!
I hitchhiked down to London when I was 17 with nothing. I lived on the streets fortwo years, sleeping in cars, living in squats. When I think about it now it gives me the fear, I don’t know how I ever did it!
By the time I was 21 I had my own PR company, then I became a fashion buyer. After that I had a music company, I worked for Def Jam and then I got Ice T his first top 20 hit in the UK. I don’t think it would happen again now; it was a different time.
I did a shoot in Hello when I did up my old house. I was walking down Regent’s Street when my phone rang and it was Victoria Beckham. She said she had seen the feature and wanted to know who had designed the wallpaper. I told her it was me and she asked me to come and do her house. I created a one-off wallpaper for her, and that was my first interior design client.
After Victoria I did stuff for Cher, John Galliano, Ronnie and Jo Wood – it all started from that one phone call. Now that I design furniture I give it to all my celebrity friends as Christmas presents. It’s great product placement.
Most of the furniture in my home is designed by me. The other furniture I source myself. I love Perspex and Lucite. I look for really good pieces, but they’re quite hard to find. It’s more popular in the States than here.That’s my excuse to make trips over there!
I’m going to be 50 next month so I’m going over there for a week with my partner. We’re going to stay at the Hotel Bel-Air, and Courtney Love is hosting my birthday party at the Chateau Marmont.
I do have quite a few storage places so I can switch the things I like in and out, including one for my clothes in Camden. I keep photographs of everything I have, because otherwise you forget. I used to forget that I already had 12 leather jackets and then buy another one.
With Anaïs everything has just fallen into place. I think she’s amazing and I couldn’t ask for a better teenage daughter. I’m very proud of what she’s doing. She’s got her own BAFTA award winning show on CBBC. Everything she’s got she got herself, I’ve not done anything to prompt her. She was in the States three nights ago to do an interview for being one of Instagram’s top influencers under 25. Whatever she wants to do in life she’ll do okay.
She absolutely loves living in London. She enjoys walking Oscar in the local area, and we go for breakfast together in Primrose Hill on a Sunday.
I love Greenberry Cafe in Primrose Hill for breakfast. I get my green juices from Yeomans every day – they’re amazing, they do everything with kale and spirulina and it’s all so fresh. I go to Ripe Kitchen in Camden for my coffee.
I used to be vegan but now I wear suede and leather, so I’m just vegetarian. I hate saying it, but I have given in a bit. Cheese was so hard to give up, I was in France watching everyone eating brie and I was in a really bad mood all the time – it was like giving up smoking. I did give it a good go, though.
I always go to get my hair blow dried at Privato Hair and Beauty in Primrose Hill. My best friend is the creative director of Bare Minerals so she did my makeup today – I’m very lucky!
The Whte Line, Mathews’ collaboration with Baker Street Boys is available at bakerstreetboys.com Prices start from £450
Hire Meg’s home for photo shoots via 1st-option.com
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