The Cherry on top of the Cake
How long have you been an interior designer and what are the best (and worst) aspects of what you do?
I've been an interior designer for over 20 years; best parts - the variety of projects and meeting many different clients, all of whom have had a different brief and provide distinctive challenges. Working together with clients to provide them with an interior(s) they are thrilled with, is a rewarding experience. There are very often some challenging constraints within design, which is all part of the industry, but minimal negative aspects.
You’ve worked with Jesmond Dene House in the past. What other projects have you been a part of there and what did you enjoy about them?
Yes, I worked on the interiors of Jesmond Dene House when it first opened in 2005. It was fantastic to see an old building come to life and it has been a privilege to work on updating the interiors again. I've worked with Peter Candler for a long time on many of his developments, they have all had a different brief, which to me as a designer, is fundamental in maintaining fresh ideas. Having had a fairly long career in interior design, I’ve had the opportunity to work on some beautiful and exciting projects, from luxury hotels such as Seaham Hall, Isle of Eriska Hotel and Northcote - to more commercial projects such as the blueprint office design for HMRC and award winning projects such as The Rivergreen Centre at Aykley Heads and Ashington Leisure Centre. With each project you are constantly learning and seeking new ideas – and that is what I enjoy about design.
The forthcoming Restaurant project is going to be pretty transformative. Are you able to give us an overview of what’ll be changing and of the concept/vision for the project?
Although the framework of the restaurant is remaining, the overall scheme will be quite different. The verdant garden at Jesmond Dene House has been instrumental in the new design and the aim was to provide a much lighter ambience with hints of rich colour that connect with the outside view. The new furniture and finishes will retain the luxurious level that guests expect at Jesmond Dene House but the use of colour, pattern and light will provide a more contemporary setting.
What will you be working on next?
I have already started developing designs for another hotel which will be quite different to Jesmond Dene House. This, alongside high-end residential projects and some exciting co-working office schemes, will all be developed over the coming months.