Here's the fun part - taking all the information I've gathered from the client, I then research and collate a design scheme which can include colour palettes, fabric, flooring, furniture, lighting and cabinetry ideas, along with suggestions for accessories and finishing touches - of which we also re-address at a later stage. The scheme can change and be refined after gaining initial feedback from my client. Detailed technical drawings of any bespoke cabinetry, together with samples of fabrics and flooring are also provided for the client to approve, and room layouts are also drawn up to show where furniture will be placed, as spacial planning can effect the whole design if planned incorrectly.
I spend a considerable part of my day sourcing anything from fabrics, paint colours, furniture, art, antiques, flooring, lighting, curtain poles, rugs, lighting, light switches, door and drawer handles, radiators and much more. This all depends on the project I'm working on which is why it varies from day to day. Interior magazines, Instagram and Pinterest are all great sources of inspiration for me, but also visiting antique fairs, shops, builders merchants and interior showrooms (when we're not in Lockdown!) is the best way to see fabrics, fixtures and fittings. Under normal circumstances I would try to visit as many trade shows and London showrooms as possible throughtout the year, as they are a fantastic way to source new products as well as meeting with existing and new suppliers. I just hope we can get back to this way of working very soon.
As every job that I take on is different, I ensure that each project is tailormade to suit my client's requirements. Once they are happy with my design proposal, I then liaise with my suppliers and contractors and start the costing process.