1) What inspired you to become an interior designer?
I have always loved interiors and having had a previous career as a jewellery designer, I was keen to express my creativity more fully and be able to take on entire house projects and help clients to make their dreams a reality.
2) What areas of art and antiques are you interested in and how does this influence you at work?
I have a particular love of 19th century French furniture and love scouring the markets of Paris for unusual pieces. The patina often found on pastel coloured furniture acts as a wonderfully restful canvas in an interior and adds gravitas to any scheme.
3) Are there any specific sources, trends and historical eras that you often draw inspiration from?
I love the art of the Bloomsbury group (especially Vanessa Bell) and her fabric designs for Robert Fry still look current today. Her use of bold colour and abstract design was so ahead of her time, giving her designs a contemporary edge even now.
4) There has been a trend towards mixing old with new in the past decade, has this helped you in your advice to clients?
Yes – I always encourage clients to be bold with mixing up old treasured pieces that have significance and meaning with something new and sleek. The combination adds integrity and authenticity to any space.
5) What top tip would you have for those interested in sourcing and adding antiques to their home?
Always follow your instinct and if you find something you love, snap it up. Make sure you really inspect the item though and check it over for damage and stability before you buy. Most importantly, have fun buying pieces that you really love.