Sarah loves working with her clients. It’s seeing their dreams realised that makes her job a joy. The starting point for each of her projects is an informal interview with potential clients, where she assesses the needs and tastes of each family member and talks through budgets and practicalities.

“I love initial meetings and then getting to know my clients,” she says. “It’s important to learn not only what they like visually, but also what makes them tick, how they use space and – importantly – how to respond to the needs of everyone who lives in the house.”

Sarah has an inherent talent for space planning, as well as the interior design that overlays it. It means her projects not only look fantastic but they also flow seamlessly. By asking the right questions early on – for example how will the space be furnished and lived in – she ensures her clients think carefully about how their ideal home would look and work.

Her approach is both creative and pragmatic. Her understanding that living spaces need to work hard as well as look good, makes her uniquely placed to work on whole-house projects.

In getting to understand her clients’ needs, likes and dislikes, Sarah creates spaces in which they feel completely at home. That’s not to say she doesn’t challenge them; Sarah will often suggest approaches they simply would not have thought of themselves.

Sarah is with her clients every step of the way. After a detailed measured and photographic survey, proposals are drawn up for space planning ideas, as well as mood boards, detailed CAD (computer-aided design) plans and fabric and colour samples. She also provides plans for electrical, lighting, media and data layouts and much more.

It is this attention to detail and forward planning – and Sarah’s specifying, sourcing and project management skills – that ensure her clients get the most from their investment and a space that not only works well for today but will continue to work into the future.

Once plans have been honed and finalised, Sarah then works with architects or engineers to ensure the project comes in on time and to budget and is exactly how the client expects it to be.

Sarah always looks to build a rapport with her clients. “The very best designers,” she says, “have an innate understanding of how to listen to what people want from their homes.”

It’s this ability to empathise and imagine that sees Sarah leading the field when it comes to creating beautiful bespoke interiors. She takes into account the needs of the whole family – often including pets – and looks not only at how the space will work now, but also how it will need to evolve as children grow up or move on.

Sarah – who will often begin by sketching out her thoughts and sharing these early ideas with her clients – has a wealth of knowledge on how to keep costs down while also ensuring the very best of design.

“Working with a professional means people don’t tend to make mistakes,” she says. “Mistakes can not only be costly in a financial sense, but they can also be demoralising. I work with my clients to ensure they are happy every step of the way.”

Detailed space planning combined with mood board. (Click to open detailed PDF.)

Hand drawn sketch.

Photorealistic 3D rendering.

Colour planning mood board.

Electrical and lighting layouts.

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