Being based near Preston, Lancashire, I'm lucky enough to live just under an hour from the Lake District and it is hands down my absolute favourite place here up North. It’s where I’ve done my first 7-hour hike, it’s where I went wild swimming for the very first time and it’s where I was proposed to by my now husband! It reminds me of home and every time I’m there, I get this rare sensation of total peacefulness. We don’t spend nearly as much time there as I would like to, even though it’s right on my doorstep, but over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to stay at and visit some pretty spectacular hotels and B&B’s.
I’m not sure if it is every interior designer’s dream to work on a beautiful period property at least once in their career, but it has definitely been one of mine. I know they tend to be problematic and there are many regulations and rules you have to follow and be mindful of, but still…give me sash windows, high ceilings and ornate covings and all my senses go out the window! Lancashire (and the North West in general) is full of gorgeous period properties so I'm really lucky to live and work where I do.
For me, flooring is one of the biggest factors in getting a design scheme right. It can be the starting point of the scheme, it can tie everything together and it's one of those things we instantly see when entering a room because our eyes are naturally drawn to it. Thankfully, wooden flooring is having a huge moment with more and more people choosing to refurbish their old wooden floorboards instead of hiding them under laminate planks.