After a career as a graphic artist, Kate established her interior design business 16 years ago. The business covers all types of decorating and interior design but Kate’s speciality is hand painted kitchens and furniture. As Kate says, why throw away tired furniture when you can give them an entirely new lease of life? Recycling couldn’t be more stylish! We asked Kate to tell us a little more…
How did the business begin?
I have always been interested in art and have worked in advertising and marketing as a graphic artist. However, 16 years ago I decided to set up my own interior design and decorating business. I had always enjoyed decorating my own houses and it was a natural transition to start decorating for others. I began decorating for friends, creating themed rooms for children and the business evolved from that.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part of the job…. that’s a tricky one because there are many aspects I enjoy but two stick out. Firstly, I love a project and enjoy meeting new people. There is nothing more exciting than having a blank canvas and working with a client to create a lovely home for them. Secondly, I love a challenge. It’s very satisfying transforming a shabby, dated kitchen into something beautiful. There is too much waste in this world! Many kitchens are well made and still have plenty of life in them, they just need a makeover and a little TLC!
What single piece of advice would you give to anyone looking to update their home?
I think the single piece of advice I can give anyone when updating their home is to take one room at a time. If you try to do it all at once it is easy to make mistakes and it can be a little overwhelming. Work with a favourite colour palette or piece of furniture and start to build the design around that.
What’s your favourite part of your home and garden and why?
The favourite room in my house at the moment has to be my bedroom because I have just decorated it. I have used a palette of Farrow & Ball soft, neutral greys for the walls, mirror and furniture. I have a great pewter bedstead and have found some lovely bed linen, cushions and throws from the White Company that perfectly match the wall colours. With a splash of colour for the curtains and beside tub chair the room only needs some new lampshades to be made for the project to be completed.
Want to find out more? Join Kate for a talk on 17 March at Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2018. Kate will demonstrate how to achieve a stunning finish when hand painting a kitchen, be it new or old.