About Us

Based between London and Dorset, Emma has been helping clients transform their homes for over 30 years. After studying at Bournemouth School of Art, she trained at Chelsea College of Art in 3D Design, specialising in interior design, and has since worked in Canada, London and the Home Counties as a freelance associate for a leading London architectural designer, and for her own practice. Projects range from the avant-garde to conservative, from large budgets to small, and she offers a variety of services. These include a full consultation process to understand the client’s tastes and requirements, detailed costings, budgets and options for maintaining or increasing the value and appeal of a property and the managing, planning and overseeing of building work or redecoration for buy-to-let owners and overseas or domestic clients.

How would you describe your style?

"My style is drawn from my love of colour and nature, of natural finishes and tailored to suit that of my clients. Generally, it is contemporary rather than modern, with traditional elements. Schemes often evolve from a personal possession favoured by a client, perhaps artwork or furniture that they already own and would like to incorporate. I love both antique and modern furniture, simple and interesting colours and fabrics, curved and clean straight lines. They all have their place in the right home."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"A recent project involved working for a private client in the West Country on a gorgeous farmhouse with guest cottage accommodation and generous gardens, discreetly hidden in the rolling hills. My brief was a comprehensive redesign of the house and grounds whilst retaining the essence of the farmhouse charm, bringing it into the 21st century and improving its use for family living. The entire property had to be rewired and replumbed and roof and floors strengthened. Liaising closely with structural engineers, the layout of the house was altered to provide a new family room and all rooms redecorated and furnished. The original number of bedrooms was reduced in order that larger bedrooms and bathrooms could be created, and an underused attic was turned into a new and charming bedroom with a bathroom. The cellar was completely rebuilt, tanked and reformed to provide an elegant and cool space with arched brick niches for wine storage and seating for wine tasting. The original external doorway to the cellar previously buried underground had to be carefully excavated and restored as alternative access via new brick steps. I was also asked by the client to reconfigure and rebuild an existing indoor swimming pool, alter the colour scheme, and improve and modernise decor and lighting.

It was a great opportunity as well as a pleasure to design the new joinery throughout the house: stylish utility room cabinets, marble-topped bathroom vanity units, recessed mirrored cabinets, fabulous cedar-lined cupboards, upholstered window seats and the beautiful cellar and kitchen tables, built by a furniture maker from locally sourced oak. I presented to the client carefully chosen sample boards of fabrics, trimmings, wallpaper and paint colours. The curtains and blinds were designed to enhance each window and I worked closely with the maker in their production. Light fittings and table lamps and shades were selected to complement each room and I was also involved in the selection and purchase of all new beds, furniture and antiques. My 30 years of experience came into its own on this project.

Of particular personal interest was that I also worked on the redesign and planting of the large garden and surrounding areas in consultation with a renowned landscape gardener. This involved providing drawings of all external spaces, designing new pathways, steps and terraces, obtaining samples and selecting all external finishes, researching and purchasing trees and plants and overseeing major alterations to the driveway to accommodate better parking facilities and to improve the outdoor entertaining space. I was, throughout the project, responsible for the project management, providing all drawings and instructions, liaising between the client, builder, QS and structural engineer and for organising all site meetings."

Matt Streten/ Image Creative Partnership