Welcome to my first blog!
Truth be told, this is the first time I’ve written a blog, so bear with me… I’m hoping to make this a monthly blog (maybe fortnightly if my literary juices get flowing!) which will hopefully be published on the 1st (and 15th) of every month.
Being the first one, I thought it’d be prudent to start by introducing myself, how I got into Interior Design.
So how did I get into Interior Design? Some of you may know already but it is somewhat a convoluted story. Way back I had an absolute passion for Harry Potter – I was a mad fan , it was the films that I really became enamoured with and I was truly fascinated about how they produced the films and it led me down a path in which I believed I wanted to go into the Film and Television industry.
Whilst I was studying my A-Levels, I was so fortunate that I had many amazing experiences within the industry and I really did get to love it. I was on TV and film sets and whilst mostly just in the background, it was brilliant. Though the early 4am starts and 10pm finishes do start to become a bit tiring! I finished my A-Levels, which I took in History (love history), Psychology, English Language and Media (of course!). I headed off to the world of University and went to the absolutely beautiful Royal Holloway In Egham – it was the real life Hogwarts!
I was studying TV, Film & Digital Production and was working away acclimatising to the university life and just found myself not enjoying it. Whether that be the course or just that way of life, I wasn’t too sure. I adored my education and love learning but I just didn’t have the buzz when I was there. We did one project which was based on a war piece and I was given the role of ‘Set Designer’. Is it cheesy to say I had an epiphany? As that’s really what I felt like I had. I loved it, I loved ‘zhuzhing’ the bedding on set, creating the sets and making sure it all looked perfect. In that very moment I just realised that it was actually set dressing I enjoyed, and with more consideration, I realised that changing my childhood bedroom once a year and buying new accessories for my childhood room with small pocket money change, maybe was an indication of what I really enjoyed.
My Mum is very creative and interior inspired so maybe it shouldn’t have been too much of a shock. I did some research and found the National Design Academy, based in Nottingham which is a stone’s throw from where half my family live! As none of my A Levels were in the appropriate subjects, before embarking on the degree I had to do the diploma with the NDA which is a great starting block. I did it for about 9 months whilst working full time and I loved it, I thrived on it. It was a natural and planned progression to move onto the BA degree which I swiftly did. This too is studied ‘at home’ on a part time basis so I managed to do this alongside a job too and it took me the normal 3 years. The modules that still stand out to me the most are the ‘Design in Historical Context’ in which I got to explore the wonderful world of Polesden Lacey (National Trust) and it’s amazing social history, and the ‘Home Staging’ module which covered the ground of show home Interior Design, which I later covered in my dissertation paper too.
4 years passed and in 2020 (of all years!) I graduated with a First in Interior Design. The initial ‘plan’ (albeit loose) was to perhaps try and find a job in a firm in London, but then struck Covid.
At the time, like most people, I thought it would be a short break in life and by the end of Summer 2020 I may well be working in London with a design firm. Of course it didn’t pan out that way. I did a couple more short courses in Interior Design to expand any further skills and decided to start offering services to friends and family. And from there it took off……