My *School Days* & Versailles

Grand Trianon Palace Interior

Grand Trianon Palace Interior at Versailles

My daughter started school this month, she is only 4 and seems so tiny to be at school! Anyway it got me thinking about my school days and what I was interested in when I was at school. I started learning French at an after school club in Winchester where I lived when I was 8 and when I was 9 had the opportunity to visit the Chateau of Versailles in Versailles near Paris on a French Exchange. This beautiful building really inspired me to want to create luxury interiors as it made such an impression on me.

. ..I had  always loved art and design but was drawn to the social aspect of working closely with people to enhance their environment, through being a designer. I really believe well considered interior design and organisation of rooms can improve peoples lives.

When I was 15 I took work experience in a soft furnishings store and they offered me a Saturday job tidying up the wallpaper and fabric books and helping make up curtains and blinds (mostly Austrian back then!) in the workroom. I loved working with the patterns and colours and this led me to take A-level in Art and Design with Textile Printmaking.  After this I went on to Art College to the Surrey Institute of Art and Design to get my degree in Interior Design, studying; Architecture and Building Technology, History of Art and Design , French and International Marketing.

I still have a passion for textiles and love putting together schemes with lots of textures and patterns to give a luxurious feel to a room.  I believe this is one of the easiest changes to make to a room to add glamour and drama and a feeling of quality.  By using carefully selected new window treatments, dressing the bed and refreshing upholstery you can really transform a room even with existing furniture in some cases.

If you have a holiday home in Cornwall and are looking for some inspiration you can make an initial appointment with me which is free where we can discuss your needs. I then write up a design brief and give you a price for the work outlined in the brief.  It’s then over to you to make your decision on how you’d like to proceed.

There’s a new  fixed fee service for design concepts for holiday homes which you can find by clicking here:  Holiday Home Design

Alternatively for budding designers I also offer a remote service on Skype for those who want to do more of the scheme themselves but want advice when they are putting the scheme together. Email “SKYPE” to if you would like to be contacted regards this or see our Services page for more details.

I’d love to hear what inspires you to create a beautiful room, maybe its a piece of art that someone special gave you or maybe you are just tired of looking at the same four walls! Please go ahead and leave me a comment below.


The Grand Trianon Castle Interios” by MkonikkaraOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


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