Susie Watson Designs Homes:
Amelia’s Cotswold Farm-house
Amelia had heard about Susie Watson Designs before but first met with Ela Edwards, one of our Interior Designers, during a chance visit to our Marlborough store. ‘I loved the new collections,’ explained Amelia, ‘but I explained to Ela that I didn’t want a complete overhaul. I wanted to find things that would go with what I already had.’
At that first meeting, they sat at the table and discussed a number of options. ‘What I liked about Ela is that she didn’t try and sell me the whole shop,’ jokes Amelia. ‘She’s very approachable and full of ideas – and she doesn’t mind if I say I don’t like something. That was a big factor for me.’
After that initial meeting, Amelia emailed Ela some photographs of the rooms that needed attention. Bit by bit, they built up a mood-board of things that might go well together. There is an inevitable to-and-fro of ideas but clients often take advantage of the online mood-board function to gather all the things they like in one place.
‘We understand that not everyone wants a home decorated top-to-toe in Susie Watson,’ says Ela. ‘A lot of our clients, like Amelia, have a great eye for Interiors themselves, so it’s very much a team effort. We are always working to maximise what they already have. In this particular case, she already had some beautiful Kate Forman curtains, so we just added some of our pom-poms and soft furnishings to bring out those colours.’
‘It’s all part of the service,’ laughs Ela.
‘Sometimes you have to try before you buy, so to speak!’
‘Yes,’ agrees Amelia, who admits to being hesitant about using stronger colours.
‘Sometimes you aren’t quite sure if things are going to work – but that’s part of the fun.’ And now that the house is full of children again, she wants to make sure it is beautiful as well as robust and homely. The day we photographed the house, she and Ela were considering cushions for the sitting room: ‘it is the heart of the house and where we spend all our time,’ she says. ‘We want to get it right.’