Isabel Roberts

Name: Isabel Roberts
Age: 32
Nationality: British
Course: Diploma HE Applied Interior Design

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Q: What was your background before KLC?
A: I was an online Visual Merchandising Manager for homeware, gifts and luxury fashion. This involved product curation, project co-ordination, content management and photography planning.

Q: Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: I've always had a love for art and design, even as a child I'd upholster toothpaste boxes as furniture for my dolls house! After gaining a degree in History of Art I wanted to move into design but didn't have the confidence at the time. I took various different creative courses over the last 6 years as a hobby alongside my job as well as renovating my own property and realised that interior design really is a true passion of mine that I want to be an everyday part of my life, so just went for it!

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Q: Tell us about your experience of the course?
A: I've learnt so much within such a short space of time and it's remarkable seeing how much we've all progressed from our first project. From working with concepts to detail working drawings - the course has been intense, technical and required lots of hard work, but it's been so fantastic and I feel prepared to enter the industry now.

Q: What are your design interests/strengths?
A: My strengths include sourcing, technical drawing and organisation - my head is very much in the detail!

Q: What space inspires you?
A: Spaces that incorporate natural elements and have personality through use of antiques and beautiful art really inspire me - I could spend all day wandering around Villa San Michele in Capri - unique architecture, filled with antiques and treasures and has the most beautiful garden. Or Beldi Country Club in Marrakesh!

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Q: Who is your favourite designer?
A: I gravitate towards designs that are refined and somewhat minimal but with a sense of character and personality - Tamsin Johnson is someone who does this brilliantly. I'm also a huge fan of Joseph Dirand, Rose Uniacke, Atelier AM & Ashe Leandro's aesthetic. Ilse Crawford is also wonderful at really considering who will be using the space and including thoughtful touches, which I think is so important and aim to do in my own designs.

Q: Where to from here?
A: After gaining the skills and technical knowledge that I need to move into the world of Interior Design - I'm ready for an exciting opportunity supporting a design studio.

STUDY TIP - Keep practising and don't be intimidated, as you will get there! Keep persevering and trust that the skills will develop with time and practice. This is true for anything that you cover over the course - it looks terrifying and advanced at first, but you can do it! Isabel Roberts