Helen Davitt

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Q. What was your background before KLC? 
A: For the past 5 years I have been working for a traditional bespoke curtain makers as a design assistant to both trade and retail clients. I helped customers choose their fabrics and design the best window treatments to suit their needs. More recently I have been lucky enough to provide freelance design assistant to independent designers in my local area and be involved with their large scale design projects.

Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: I really love curtains and how they can finish a room, but working alongside other interior designers made me realise it wasn't just the curtains I was interested in. I really wanted to learn the fundamentals of interior design and expand my knowledge in other areas too. I already had some knowledge of design so this particular course looked perfect for me.   

Q. Tell us about your experience of the course?
A: I found this course to be very thorough but quite intense at times. I really enjoyed it and feel that it has given me a lot of confidence in my ability, which is something I was hoping for, however it did consume all of my spare time as I was also working whilst completing the course. I was very lucky to have the calming influence of our tutor Fiona as well as a friendly and extremely supportive cohort which has been the saving grace through Covid.

Q. What are your design interests/strengths?
A: My experience thus far is predominantly within residential property, however I would not limit my interests to this sector.  My strengths as a designer are that I am a good listener with a high attention to detail so I love to really understand each client and ensure I meet their individual needs. What I’m really interested in, is ensuring I balance practical elements within the aesthetics of my designs and create spaces that are welcoming, comfortable and unassuming. 

Q. What space inspires you?
A: I feel that it’s the building and location itself which inspires me.  I admire architecture and really appreciate both modern and classical styles.  I think there needs to be some form of connection between the building you see on the outside and the home within, so it’s important to combine these elements to create a seamless transition from one space to another.  

Q. Who is your favourite designer?
A: I find it really difficult to select a specific designer as I feel inspired by so many. I love the elegant simplicity of Veere Greeney and Ben Pentreath, the bold exciting use of colour and pattern by Kit Kemp, the clever mix of old and new by Rita Konig as much as the minimal and harmonious interiors of Axel Vervoordt. I feel that the ultimate design for a project comes from the client, so it’s important to appreciate many different styles and be as adaptable and open minded as possible.

Q. Where to from here?
A: Moving forward I would love the opportunity to join an interior design practise. I really enjoy being part of a creative team and am keen to develop my skills and knowledge further within larger scale projects.

STUDY TIP - This is a fast paced course with lots of detail so be prepared and as organised as possible from the beginning. File everything so it is easy to refer back to and keep your research and sourcing organised too, it will save you in the long run! Good computer skills and some basic prior knowledge of design programmes will help with the computer aided design aspect but practice is essential! I approached each project as though it were a real client. It was brilliant to use this opportunity to get constructive feedback from tutors before breaking into the real world of design. Helen Davitt