What is my signature interior design style?
Feather&Fossil is underpinned by maximalism and celebrates the client in every way. It creates an opportunity for the client's personality to shine through into their home, allowing anyone that enters the opportunity to have a slice of who the person really is. Feather&Fossil also focuses heavily on the client's wellbeing. Everybody should have the opportunity to enjoy a space that is right for them, be that a well organised, functional space, a display case for their personality and artefacts, a comforting space to relax in, or a social sanctuary they can welcome their loved ones into.
For me maximalism is a celebration of colour, a plethora of patterns, a tagine of touchable textures and an abundance of art and accessories. I love moody colours like bottle greens, mustard yellows, plummy purples and molten golds. I like to pepper my designs with wonderful antique, vintage, reclaimed pieces that allow my schemes to tell a story, unique to that space. Next in the mix, is arguably the most important aspect of my design process, the client's personality and style. How good can a design be if it doesn’t shout from the (residential) rooftops who the person living here is and what they love?
My mishmash of beliefs is what sets me apart from other designers. Maximalism isn't routinely coupled with perfectionism or a detail orientated approach. In fact, if you checked the dictionary I’m sure they would be listed as commonly used antonyms of each other. However, this is what I believe makes me successful at what I do. I won't settle for ‘that will do’. I will scour the internet and shops looking for the perfect match and there are many a day I can be found with 40 tabs open (alphabetically organised of course) and 400 pages deep into a search looking for that exact right shade of green for the little pot in the corner. I don't believe many others have my tenacity for creating that perfectly choreographed clutter, or that optimally organised chaos.
Where do I take my interior design inspiration from?
I take inspiration from lots and lots of different places. I look to lots of other interior designers, like Justina Blakeney. I love her beautifully created, contemporary take on boho style. Her use of colour and accessories have such a unique way of allowing a scheme to be maximal, but also cohesive and gives a design space to breathe. I often have to fight the urge not to scroll through her Instagram feed and get lost in the rabbit hole of posts from 2020!
I love looking at Sophie Robinson for inspiration on colour and pattern. Her style was definitely instrumental in the development of my design aesthetic. Her ability to pattern clash and work with colour is unprecedented. Banjo Beale is another huge inspiration for me. After watching Banjo on Interior Design Masters last year I felt I could relate to his design style so much and it was so wonderful watching him create successful schemes in settings I aspire to work in. Banjo's approach to combining vintage finds, with storytelling and character, is something I strongly resonate with, and identify with, and his house in Scotland… just wow!
I also take a lot of my inspiration from artists. The way they use colour is essential in my design style. I have always had a huge interest in Jean-Michel Basquiat since I was at school. Basquiat’s Neo-expressionism approach to the use of colour and storytelling through more unique, emotive methods is something I like to take inspiration from and incorporate into my designs. I am also hugely inspired by abstract artists such as Franz Kline, Gerhard Richter, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly and Robert Motherwell. All of these artists inform the way I create spaces, from the colour combinations to the textures, or even the more avant garde application of materials and overall composition.
Finally, I like to take a lot of inspiration for colours in nature. The colour combinations found in nature are often so striking and successful. If it works for mother nature why not for us, hey! I love the way the greens of nature act as such a beautiful accompaniment to so many other colours, yet are never forgotten or hidden in the background. I like to think about the green foliage surrounding beautiful pink and yellow flowers in the fields, or the combination of green and orange in fruits and vegetables like the bustling fields of the mediterranean, or the earthy allotments in Devon. I often find myself heading out to the beautiful beaches and coastlines surrounding me and take inspiration from that perfect marriage of blue sea meeting green fields, and whatever the weather the colour combination is always a treat for the eyes!