So what does an interior designer do all day?
07:00 Early start after droping my partner off at the station for work, back for a healthy breakfast and a strong black Nespresso coffee! I go straight into researching ideas for my new client who wishes for 3 rooms to be designed, keeping in mind the budget and brief. I usually have several screens open on the MacBook to compare products, designs and specifications from various sources. I have been known to have two computers on at one time to cope with all the different options!
10:00 An inspirational morning run for around 30 mins around one of the many picturesque lakes around Milton Keynes. This helps me process/think about designs, use nature to inspire and sometimes clear my head!
11:00 Return for a coffee, this time with milk and a piece of Mum's freshly baked cake. Print out CAD drawings of a kitchen design ready for trades to quote. Ring and email all our vetted tradespeople to organise a site meeting for next week and ask advice. I find I always learn something everyday in this job and its best to ask advice from professionals who clearly know their job better than I do.
13:30 Quick lunch and then completion of a bathroom project for another client, sign off our handyman Ian who has completed the tiling and wall feature. Spend the next few hours accessorising the room in preparation for handover to the client. Complete the design and instal process by taking some high quality images wih our wide angle digital camera ready for marketing on social media and interior design websites.
16:30 Grab a quick tea then out to talk to our furniture suppliers to source sliding wardrobe doors for another client and pick up catalogues from Italian designers new in. Dash over to John lewis to order swatches of fabric and wallpaper for my new client.
17:45 Check in with houzz.co.uk to take part in discussions and talk with online clients, sharing ideas. I always find it fascinating to learn which of our designs on that website are popular as users can save them to their own ideasbook. Check up with the House Doctor team on any design dilemas and experiences on Facebook. Send a couple of tweets about the Business 200 event and spend the last hour or so sourcing kitchen supplies and getting carried away with beautiful cooker hood designs by Falmec. Well you have to have inspiration from somewhere!