Jewellery designer, Sophie Baum, spent her childhood traveling between Sydney, London and some of the most far-flung destinations that formed her parents’ itinerary. As a result, the mother of three boys – Alfie, Casper and Max – has a carefree yet elegant style all her own. Photographed at home in Hamburg, Sophie shares her viewpoint on design, fashion and motherhood.
What ignited your love of design and fine jewellery?
It has a lot to do with my childhood – I have an English father and an Australian mother who both loved traveling to exotic countries. I remember when they first took me to Paris, I was so inspired by the richness and the pure beauty of the city and all the incredible deco objects. My dad is a typical English gentleman. He had an old-fashioned dressing room, complete with enamel hairbrushes and cufflinks; I was fascinated by it. My mum’s great passion is gardening, so I was also always encouraged to be outside exploring nature with her.
Can you describe your vision when it comes to your jewellery collections?
Beautiful and precious stones are a big part of my design process. I’m always on the search for new ones; they speak to me in terms of design. At the end of the day, I love quite classic shapes, but with a twist, and I am always inspired by colour.
What is your viewpoint on motherhood?
My life is all about my three boys, Alfie, Casper and Max, whom I absolutely adore. I think they help me in a way because they love that I’m creative, and in fact they’re very creative too. I try to always be there for them in the moment when I come home: I think that's very important. I’ve also decided that at this stage of my life I’m not taking my business to the next level, as I want to be able to work around my children's lifestyle. It's important to have balance.
How do you pull your look together? Do you have particular style codes?
I love clothes; I really am a bit of a luxe addict in a sense. Having said that, I don't buy a lot. I think I am always quite focused on beautiful quality and timelessness. In a way, I see my clothing style as part of my creativity – when my parents took me to Paris, I remember designing clothes, hats and bags on the hotel stationary and that has always stayed with me.
Your personal style, both in the home and in your wardrobe, is charged with a rich kind of allure and femininity – can you describe how your aesthetic crosses over?
I love collecting things and going to antique markets to find decorative oddities and treasures. In particular, I love coloured glass, I have a small mineral collection, I love the garden coming into the house and I adore my children’s paintings in frames.
You had a sneak preview of Country Road’s latest collection – can you share your favourite piece?
I love to wear colour and stripes, so all the bold striped pieces really stood out for me. I also loved the navy blue skirt and top (pictured below), which I wore in the garden. It feels as though it's quite 1950s-style, with its broderie anglaise detail. So pretty and feminine.
Can you share an anecdote about life in Hamburg, and your typical Sunday routine?
My husband and I make a conscious effort to be low-key with the boys at the weekends. We love to have a long breakfast in the garden, and then just hang about. If the day is good we might take the boat on the river or watch an old film in the afternoon — we love a James Bond classic. It’s the perfect way to recharge for the week ahead.