Hello my name is Olivia Howitt, founder and editor of  What’s in your bedroom… a photo blog about people, their beds and things.

The bedroom is usually a private space and is likely to be the last place to see, if at all, in another persons home. After a conversation I had with a friend, I learnt that once upon a time there was a young woman who lived in a shared house in Hackney – London, whose bedroom was pretty much filled to the rafters with bicycles. Although I wish I had, I have never seen this room, let alone photographed it. But the image that the thought conjured up was enough for me to feel so enthused, that I knew then, that I wanted to investigate the bedroom.

Space, particularly in London is at a premium, so you find many people living in shared properties, spending a lot of time in their bedrooms – using them as work spaces for: recording music, creating art, designing, socialising and storing stuff that might end up in other living areas, the loft or the garage of a regular property.

After owning my own home in Manchester and moving to London some years ago, I too have felt the pressure of downsizing – almost reverting to childhood when my bedroom was my world. The more bedrooms I photograph, the more personal worlds I see. In addition to meeting lots of interesting people, it is fascinating to discover how much a bedroom represents a person’s character.

All photos and words by me, unless otherwise noted. If you would like to be featured or collaborate with What’s in your bedroom… please get in touch by clicking here.




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