Perfumer Lyn Harris on the communal gardens near her home
For Lyn Harris, founder of fragrance brand Perfumer H, the only way to survive is to have somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of city life…
A ‘hole-and-corner’ is an old English term meaning a secret place: somewhere you go to escape, to be inspired, to contemplate and to create. Where is your ‘hole-and-corner’?
My hole-and corner is the communal gardens where I live – as it’s like being in the middle of the countryside and you are in the centre of town.
Why is it so special to you?
It has the biggest oak trees, elm, beech, sycamore, willow, wild ferns, ivy and pristine holly bushes and a beautiful old pine that looks over you. I love the seasonal aspects of this garden, from the holly and pine appearing in late autumn to the lilac trees blossoming in late March and the wild bluebells in early May. I run around it most days – or lie on the grass on days like today with my family and stay until it gets dark – and listen to the owl who lives there if I’m lucky.
Is it important to you to have somewhere to escape from the hustle and bustle of life?
I love to clear my mind here and think of nothing and feel the beauty of this place… it enriches my soul and sets my creativity.
What do you like to listen to when you’re working?
My thoughts, Erik Satie or Nils Frahm.
What elements do you think make a perfect ‘hole-and-corner’?
Close to nature;