Sketching Up with Serena Guen

Sketching Up with Serena Guen

You in one sentence

A joyful and hard-working worrier who loves nature.

On your desk

An official picture of Obama at his desk from a friend who used to work at the White House, several mugs of herbal tea and always some kind of boring paperwork that I have put off doing for the past few weeks.

On your
bedside tablE

Far too many books - I've just finished reading
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.

Go to stationery piece

One of many Smythson notebooks.

Seaside or
mountain homE


Country or city

Country on the weekends and city during the week (I wish!)

Placé dinner
or stand up cocktail

Place dinner.

Best party

A wedding I went to on the tiny island of Spetses years ago. We ate at tables with our feet in the sand and danced till the sun came up.

Last party

My 30th just before lockdown!

Digital or paper invitation

Paper (or even a different material).

dinner-party touch

Jug of elderflower with mint and always far too much wine.

star sign


Last thank you note

A very belated thank you for a wedding present...!

Next Thank you note

For a beautiful, hand-painted toy box from my grandmother!

Favourite Clementina Sketchbook piece

So hard to choose by the Crab Stationery card is so fun!

On your radar

The new Porsche x Aimé Leon Dore collaboration - I am cresting a vision board just to put this card on it.

Most proud

Building and growing SUITCASE.

Favourite adventure destination

New Zealand

What makes a home

The furniture

Top 3 on your Bucket List

Nimmo Bay in Canada, Amangiri in Utah and Nihi Sumba in Indonesia.

Wallpaper or paint


best kept secret

Bar Termini.

best kept secret

I don't know yet but I'm willing to find out...

S is for serena and...


Baby nursery colour palette

Little Greene Rusling (9).


Not yet but I would love to get a red toy poodle or a miniature Australian sheepdog.

who will receive your birth announcement first?


reading now

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman (if I could recommend one pregnancy book, this is it - it it hilarious).

your motto

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