Nicole Woolhouse

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Q. What was your background before KLC? 
A: I began my career at House & Garden as Interior Design Manager,  from there I then worked and lived overseas for 20 years in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. During which time I launched a Design supplement for the Sydney Morning Herald, worked for Belle Magazine in Sydney, had three children and then launched a children’s charity in Hong Kong which I ran for 10 years.  When we returned to London in 2017 I decided it was time to revisit my true passion which was Interior Design and study at KLC.

Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: I have always loved renovating houses and my time working on Design magazines allowed me to see many different perspectives of the industry, it was always somewhere I wanted to return to.  Being able to turn a house into a home or a warehouse into a restaurant is very rewarding, people should get great pleasure from the spaces they live & work in and that is more important than ever now.

Q. Tell us about your experience of the course?
A: The course at KLC is incredibly professional with great focus on the realities of working in the industry.  You learn a huge amount in a very short amount of time, but learning to deal with the pressure and produce industry quality results is part of the learning experience.  I found it very rewarding, stimulating and fun.

Q. What are your design interests/strengths?
A: I love the collaboration of modern design with classical tones, renovating an old building and retaining the beautiful architectural features gives great depth to the design and makes it all the more timeless.

Q. What space inspires you?
A: Light spaces inspire me. After living more than half my life by the sea I am obsessed with light and air, you can incorporate this into any design if you just look carefully enough.

Q. Who is your favourite designer?
A: One of my favourite designers is Rose Uniacke, her use of simple shapes, not being afraid of empty spaces and love of antiques creates simple and elegant spaces that immediately relax you.  There is a quality to all her work and products that is exceptional.

Q. Where to from here?
A: I would love to have my own Design practice one day but initially I would like to work for others in the industry to gain experience and learn more from the experts.

STUDY TIP - If you are considering a Full time course at KLC I would familiarise yourself with all the companies based at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. They are incredibly helpful and a great source of samples for all your projects. Follow influential companies, artists, magazines and designers for inspiration and ideas. Nicole Woolhouse