“I’ve always had a natural creative flair and passion for colour, long before my career became focused on the world of design. But it was after raising my family, I realised I was serious about pursuing my dreams and completed the first of many colour & design courses. I’ve never looked back!”
Throughout my early interior design studies, I was always fascinated with the effect of colour and how this could alter, not only the visual appearance of an environment, but the emotions of the people using the space.
I originally set-up my first colour & interior design business in Nottingham in 2003, providing both domestic and commercial design as well as a number of colour consultancy services. One of my key projects was working as a freelance colour consultant for Crown Paints. I also worked as a part-time Design Tutor at the National Design Academy. It was here that I met people that introduced me to Colour Psychology and the realms of Complementary Therapies including Colour Therapy and Reiki.
Whilst running my first design business I was introduced to Dulux and went on to work with them extensively for a number of years. Having worked with them as a client, they invited me in 2010 to join Diversity who were an agency managing several of their interior design services. During my time at Diversity I progressed to a Board level Director, overseeing all Dulux Design Projects and managing large teams working on colour and design projects.
During this time I undertook my Master/Teacher Degree in Usui Reiki, along with a Colour Therapy qualification and regularly practiced the two in my spare time. However, as the pressure of my corporate job took over, my holistic nature and interests were suppressed significantly.
Although I loved working exclusively on Dulux Design Service projects for over 10 years, I always knew the time would come when I wanted to return to my own business and incorporate a more holistic nature to it.
I relocated to Dorset in August 2016 with my husband, daughter and our pets (a cat and 2 rescue dogs) and re-opened my own consultancy business at the start of 2017.
“I now concentrate on putting individuals and their well-being at the heart of everything I do. I work holistically and intuitively with Colour Psychology, Colour Therapy and Biophilic Design principles.”
There is plenty of evidence to show that the use of colour can have a huge impact on how you feel, especially in your environment. So, for instance, the colours in your home, or on the walls in your workplace, won’t just create a particular impression to visitors but can also have a direct impact on how you feel too. I’m very proud to have delivered therapy sessions and colour & design schemes which have been proven to increase levels of well-being and satisfaction to individuals and businesses.
Being passionate about colour and interiors for wellbeing, I feel very lucky to have been able to use my creative skills & deep understanding of colour & design in so many ways, including:
- Delivering high-level interior design services for commercial clients including large hotel chains (including Best Western), small independent hotels, large property and office management companies.
- Specialist work within education, designing school interiors across primary, secondary, further education & SEN sectors to inspire learning.
- Creating a blend of calm and stimulating interiors in dementia-registered care environments for charities and care organisations who support those with disabilities.
- Teaching, coaching & mentoring students in all aspects of colour, design and interior architecture.
- Designing large scale residential colour & interior projects.
- Supporting private clients and individuals to achieve harmony within their outer and inner space.
“To sum myself up, I’d say I have half a practical brain and half a creative brain! This means I’m someone who loves being creative and has a spiritual nature, but who is also very down-to-earth and quite simply gets things done!”
As well as running my business I am also a Visiting Lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth for the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design Course. I absolutely adore working with the creative minds of students and staff there.
I am also a member of The Colour Group (GB). This is an interdisciplinary society that draws together those concerned with the many different aspects of colour.
I am delighted to have been nominated for a Venus Award in the Dorset region for TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS!
In the 2018 Venus Awards I was shortlisted as Semi-Finalist in the ‘Customer Service‘ category. This is a prestigious recognition, reward and celebration of local women in business and is referred to as the ‘Working Women’s Oscars’.
In July 2018 I was thrilled to be invited by Enterprise Nation to No. 10 Downing Street.
We went to discuss matters affecting rural businesses with Jimmy McLouglin, business adviser to the Prime Minister.
I’ve written a blog about the colour of the door that you can read here.
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