My job is to realize my clients brief on time and to budget, ensuring that everything is the best it can be.
I don’t create just one style, each project is a unique response to the client, their lifestyle and the property, whether it’s the rich texture of a historic property or the clean crisp lines of contemporary chic. I am happy to design and manage the entire process (even on the other side of the world), or to provide a purely design service. Each project is unique and part of the initial discussions with the client is to ascertain what level of involvement is needed from me. Having worked on all levels of a project, I have a deep understanding of how a project works and the interaction of each of the elements within the project.
From the nitty gritty of wiring layouts, switching protocols and plumbing routes to the final hanging of drapes and plumping of cushions; it’s important to have a designer that understands how each area affects the final design.
The process always starts with an informal chat about what the client wants to achieve. This will involve looking at the property and discussion of how the client wants to live in it and we obviously talk about budgets and timeframes. I always ask if there are one or two words that sum up a particular style that appeals to the client. Recently the answer was “sumptuous”; so into a very bland concrete shell went solid walnut skirting boards and door frames, richly veneered doors and 200-year-old oak flooring from a tobacco factory in the Loire as a backdrop to rich fabrics and antiques. Another was a high-end rental so I created a simple, contemporary space. Easy to clean and effortlessly chic.
After the initial discussion, I produce a schedule and associated fees. Nothing in the process is done without client approval. I always want to ensure that the client maintains control throughout.
Once we have agreement, I start work on designs showing overall themes and styles which are honed through client discussions into final design routes. For bespoke pieces, I create design drawings with associated samples of finishes for client agreement. Pieces are then put out for quotation.
Quotations, timeframes and delivery are all collated and delivered to the client with regular updates.