Heart Home meets... Rebecca Newport

Every now and then I come across styled images that really make me draw breath, and that really is the case with stylist Rebecca Newport's portfolio. Her exquisitely delicate styling is light and airy while her muted colour palettes teamed with gentle candy hues bring new meaning to the term 'pretty'.

The beautifully feminine Christmas shots below are packed with delightful ideas to steal this festive season; from presents wrapped with embossed wallpaper and tied with strips of vintage fabric and twine, to eclectic table-top vignettes softened with tactile natural elements.

{photography by Catherine Dorsen}

After completing a degree in Textile Design I worked for BHS and M&S for 5 years in retail buying before launching my styling career. I started by assisting other stylists whose work I admired. Working with and learning from the industry's best has been crucial.

One of my first ever assistant jobs was for Living etc. I turned up to the location house, saw the props, couldn't quite believe that this was a job and from that day on I was hooked! After a year's assisting I gradually started to take on my own commissions and have never looked back! Colourful and feminine. I love mixing colours up and playing with texture and form. I like vintage and traditional styles but I also have a more modern side which comes out in my work.

{photography by Catherine Dorsen}

Everywhere! Design blogs and websites like Pinterest are great. I will often see an image which might not have anything to do with interiors or design but might have an interesting colour palette which I can use as inspiration. I'm also always very inspired by travelling and seeing how other people live and what they surround themselves with. Ohhh that's a hard one. Every shoot tends to be memorable in some way! I guess one that sticks out was for a Homes and Gardens Magazine shoot for a Christmas issue. We were shooting in a beautiful location house in Sussex in July. We had a shot in which we wanted to use a dog. I spent a whole hour trying to make the dog look in a certain direction to get one perfect shot! The great thing about my work is that every day is different and I never quite know what I will be doing next.

{photography by Catherine Dorsen}

Inject some colour and don't be scared. It can be as little as adding some colourful cushions to brighten up a sofa or framing some beautiful wallpaper or fabric. I would love to start working with some paint companies and I'm actually in talks with one at the moment which is very exciting.

{photography by Catherine Dorsen}

I love Lo Bjurulf's work; the romance of her images and the way her styling looks so effortless. Being creative and working with amazing people!