"Ever since I was a child, I have loved COLOUR. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than a new box of fat felt tip pens oozing with ink or a glorious tin of coloured pencils in different hues. I would spend hours and hours in my bedroom drawing, dreaming, colouring and painting.
In the 1970’s my parents bought Alverton Cottage, a rambling Georgian house on the outskirts of Penzance in Cornwall and set about the slow process of restoring this beautiful building and its tropical garden. At just 10 years old, I was allowed to choose the wallpaper, colours and curtains for my own bedroom. Whilst other girls were riding ponies, I would spend hours in the local hardware shop trawling through wallpaper books. I painted the ceiling dark chocolate brown – very 1970’s.
My love of COLOUR and creating stylish interiors was born.
In the late 1980’s, after completing art college, I joined Charles Hammond Ltd on Sloane Street, London and undertook my interior design apprenticeship, learning not just the aesthetics of my trade but the practicalities it entailed as well. My first professional project was to design a pair of double frilled scatter cushions for a flat in Chelsea.
Moving on, I joined Harrods Interior Design Studio, where I was able to expand my experience, and whilst also continuing to design in wonderful London period properties, I was lucky enough to work on restoring a large Scottish estate which included homes for the family, a shooting lodge and its main residence - a soft pink, granite castle.
16 years ago, my husband and I moved to Devon and have made our home and my studio in the picturesque South Hams area. Surrounded by the ever changing countryside and the dramatic coast, I am never short of inspiration for new COLOUR schemes. With regular visits to the trade shows in London and Paris, I have an address book bulging with contacts from local artisans here in the West Country and across the UK, to mainland Europe and beyond, some of whom I have worked with for over 30 years.