If there’s someone who can navigate the world of interiors it’s Rachel Ogden, who has a wealth of experience both in-house and as a freelancer for titles including Beautiful Kitchens, Living Etc, EKBB, and Good Homes. We decided it was about to time to catch up with her and discover what makes interiors journalism so much more than a day job.
How did you get into your role?
Going freelance was a happy accident but I owe getting into journalism to some work experience I had when I was 17 at Live & Kicking magazine. Somewhere between interviewing defunct boy band, Damage, and reviewing the latest Brady Bunch movie, I decided that this is what I wanted to do.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
Meeting new people and learning new skills – every day’s a school day and I can’t imagine doing anything else that’s so fascinating and immersive.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you while working in journalism?
I think what amuses me most is how surreal it can be. You tend to find yourself in the oddest places – in a rickshaw tootling around flower displays while dicing death with double decker buses, in the middle of rural France while models walk down the catwalk with kitchen drawers or watching robot vacuum cleaners, complete with ‘eyes’ do a synchronised dance on a stage. And I get to call this work.
How do you like PRs to contact you (phone, email, face-to-face meetings)?
Email’s usually best – PRs sometimes call when I’ve decided to run errands or, more bizarrely, once when I was getting a pedicure. I’m super ticklish and was trying very hard not to giggle down the phone while having a serious conversation about hi-res pics.