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Q. What was your background before KLC?
A: I was a specialist painter and muralist for 15 years, before getting married and bringing up two boys and renovating two houses. I also worked for an Interior Designer in London for two years as an assistant.
Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: Studying Interior design has been the next step for me for a long time. It was about finding the right time. Now that my boys are older and at boarding school, I can make a solid commitment to this profession.
Q. Tell us about your experience of the course?
A: During the course, the software was the biggest challenge for me, but I worked hard to combat this and I feel I have some new tools under my belt. I enjoyed being around like-minded people with as much passion for interior design as I do.
Q. What are your design interests/strengths?
A: I am really interested in using concept to drive design forward and help in decision making. Using Sketchup is a very powerful tool to understand scale and light and can really help in problem solving. My strengths are in sketching, hand rendering, Estimac, Sketchup, Autocad and FF&E.
Q. What space inspires you?
A: I am usually inspired by hotels and restaurants. One of my favourite hotels is the Chedi in Oman, which is luxurious, but simple in style: Middle Eastern rustic, but chic. One of my favourite restaurants is Eight Over Eight in Chelsea. I like the use of panelling behind the bar and this has inspired many of the designs I have produced at KLC.
Q. Who is your favourite designer?
A: I admire Tara Bernard as a designer. She is bold and holds fast to daring concepts, and pushes the boundaries. She is a style maker.
Q. Where to from here?
A: I would like to work with people who are inspirational and professional. I would like to learn more about professional practice, for a designer who does both residential and small commercial projects.
STUDY TIP - You don’t move forward without making mistakes. Often you come up against something that you think you can’t do. That, alongside the pressure of deadlines can sometimes throw you off course, and you can end up going to your comfort zone, something you may already know how to do. In the first 4 projects it’s all about learning the software and it’s ok to make mistakes, as long as you try. Some others students’ work will look much better than yours and it can be disheartening. But this is why you are here. Make mistakes. Know what they are and work hard to solve them. Kate Fulford