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A luxury Interior Design service with a host of complementary disciplines to make the process of building or transforming your home an easy and enjoyable journey.

Let us explain a little more of why we have such an incredible reputation as one of the Top 5% Interior Design agencies in the world!

Save money & time using an interior designer

It is far more complex than just paying someone to help you select wallpaper and furniture; an interior designer does so much more.

Our interior designers not only help you maximise the space and functionality of your home, they also save you money and increase your properties value exponentially.

 

An interior designer’s perspective

As part of our design process, we work closely with our clients to create beautiful bespoke interiors that showcase their personalities as well as unlock potential and ideas they would never have thought possible.

It’s our passion to create designs that both enhance your life and completely blow you away.

Comprehensive visual references will be created using drawings, renders and sometimes CGI’s, as well as mood boards with materials swatches for your approval before the technical work begins.

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No hindsight regrets

Whether you’re simply updating your home interior, remodelling or orchestrating a new-build home, we make the process stress-free.

Having our Interior Design and Internal Architecture services on hand on your journey guarantees every last detail is thought of so you will in turn have no regrets and we take the stress out of the process for you. 

Frequently Asked Interior Design Questions

Is it expensive to use a professional interior designer?
Whilst you will pay for the design services as a fee which includes not just their creative vision but the research and time taken to bring all the products and services together in one unique bespoke, hiring an interior designer can often save you money. Design professionals have access to a better level of discounts from multiple suppliers which they can pass the savings on to their clients.

Our design fees are deliberately kept to a comparable and affordable hourly rate.

Think of it as an investment. Designers are looking at the whole vision in one process. You avoid costly purchasing mistakes on singular items that you may love but don’t fit the scheme.

What should I look for when interviewing interior designers?

Do you connect with the designer? Very often you are entrusting them with your most valuable possession. Do they have the experience, necessary connections, skills, and services to create a home or commercial space you can be proud of and that makes the most of what you have?

Hiring a designer should also be fun. Pick someone who you are confident will make a stressful process a great experience.

How do I choose an interior design style?

All design is subjective. We are all different. Your exact style may not already be something we have already achieved for our other clients. Untapping the magic that will thrill you is what motivates designers. We will ask you what you like and dislike during your first consultation. The designer will be able to narrow down the options.

Bring images you like to help you choose a design direction. Style selection can be influenced by both how you want to furnish the space and how it will be used.

What if you present something I don’t like?

We work very hard to create design plans that we know you’ll love, but occasionally there might be an item or two that you’re just not feeling. We do allow time in our design fee for re-selections.

What am I paying an interior designer to do?

A large-scale project can be daunting when you consider the amount of project management required to handle all the disciplines of a build. A good Interior designer takes the coordination of these disparate services, and often 3rd party trades, in their stride. Some larger companies can offer a full end-to-end array of services from the moment land is acquired to the turn-key fully styled end result.

That can include:

  • Design inspiration and conceptulisation
  • Design Consultation and multiple lifestyle briefings
  • Budget breakdown and contracts
  • Architecture liaison
  • Client point of contact for project coordination of trades and services
  • Planning and construction team liaison and coordination
  • External 3rd party liaisons
  • Creative space and Floor planning
  • Client visual presentations with moodboards and layouts
  • Colour, Material and Texture selection tray presentations
  • Cost breakdowns
  • Photoreal CGI visualsation or fly through animations
  • Detailed component design drawings for trade construction
  • Art & Sculpture advice and procurement
  • Fitted and bespoke furniture
  • Furniture & Lighting selection
  • Flooring, Wall and Window treatment selections
  • Accessories & living essentials procurement
  • Installation & Styling coordination
Have you ever worked on a project like mine before?

You’ve probably arrived at a shortlist of designers because you like the look of aspects of their work, possibly even a whole project. Or you’ve heard good things from friends and family. You want to know if they have already achieved similar to your vision already for others and a project portfolio is the natural starting point to find that. For the most part, a designer’s public portfolio rarely covers every project they have worked on. Far from it in our case, it’s a very small cross-section of examples that portray diversity. Therefore it’s good to ask if there is more evidence of relevant work the designer can privately show based on the shaping of the design briefing.

Many of our clients are in the public eye therefore discretion and privacy are of course respected. Sometimes as a consequence professional photography does not exist for many of our schemes and is in part why we show on only a handful of projects on our website.

Designers can often cherry-pick and rotate projects especially if they share many similar aspects or are not the most current. During the consultation, there is an opportunity to understand the vast body of work and to look for relevancies. It’s a good idea to ask about the costs of the elements that capture you so that you have a good understanding of what your budget can achieve.

What is the most important interior design tip you give when designing a room?

Think about the primary purpose of the room, and who will be using it? An entrance is the chance to make a ‘set the tone’ first impression. But your bedroom is your haven and should be inviting and relaxing to you. A living room or dining room needs to be both functional for you and cater for entertaining so can also make a statement. The connection and flow of each area is key to making the most of your entire space.

Other questions to ask an Interior Designer

If the designer isn’t providing an answer that feels right to you, it’s okay to move on. Communication is the most important part of the designer/client relationship. Don’t worry if it begins to feel like a job interview. It is a job interview! You want to make sure that you’re on the same page. Here are some follow-up questions that you might want to add to your agenda:

  • WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PROJECT SO FAR? WHY?
  • CAN I SEE YOUR FAVORITE PROJECT?
  • WHAT DESIGNERS DO YOU LIKE PERSONALLY?
  • WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
  • WHAT IF I HAVE TO PUT MY PROJECT ON HOLD?
  • WHAT BUILDERS/ARCHITECTS/CONTRACTORS DO YOU WORK WITH?

Hiring an interior designer is a commitment, but it’s also a really fun process. Rest assured, the creative innovator who possesses a keen sense of your individual style is out there somewhere.

How should I prepare for questions from an interior designer?
  • Have you ever worked with an interior designer before?
  • What is my site location?
  • Which stage are you at (Does the project have planning approval?)
  • What is your timeframe?
  • What is your budget? 
  • What design style or styles are you drawn to? (hint: show photos of rooms you like)
  • Are there significant features, period or otherwise that you would like to keep, enhance or restore?
  • Is there anything you absolutely do not like?
  • Will you want to remain in the home during the design?

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    A choice selection of our work

    Our work is as diverse as our team. We love to be challenged and to push the envelope in all Interior Design sectors. We delight in equal measures restoring dilapidated period properties to designing modern family dwellings, as well as creating high-end hospitality and commercial spaces. Below is a small teaser of what we’re capable of.

    Ribble Valley UK,
    Alderley Edge, Cheshire UK,
    Lancashire UK,
    Alderley Edge, Cheshire UK,
    Bowdon, Greater Manchester UK,
    Greater Manchester, UK,
    Greater Manchester UK,
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