WHAT DO YOU SELL THAT WE MAY NOT REALISE? Aside from vast range of interior fabrics, soft furnishings and the home accessories that adorn our window, we have a wide-ranging library of other products available behind the scenes. Over the years, we have built a strong relationship with suppliers and craftsmen across the country, as well as internationally, enabling us to offer the highest quality services. We supply high-end tiles, bespoke flooring, plantation shutters, lighting and furniture, to name just a few. If a full design service is out of reach, we also offer a convenient e-design package that allows our clients to specify their personal taste and what they’d like to achieve, so that we can provide a tailored, digital design concept, without the need for a consultation or home visit! WHAT FUTURE PLANS DO YOU HAVE? We are so looking forward to completing and opening The Old Monastery in Market Street so that we can showcase what it is that we can do. It is such an exciting venture, as it harnesses not only the international design that we are known for, but also incorporates a healthy living menu from the proposed vegetarian / vegan refectory, which I think shall be a great alternative to the wonderful selection of eateries we already have. Apart from the work we have right here and in the immediate surrounding areas, we have worked in London, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Stamford, Northampton, Birmingham and Wiltshire, and we hope to continue to work with these and new clients in these areas. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR REDECORATING? This is always a fun question. I think we all look at images in magazines or on Pinterest and think we would love to have a room like the one in the picture. The reality is that we are all different, not all of us are tidy, not all of us have nice things to have on display. When looking at your own home, I think the most important thing is to consider who you are and how you want to live think of the colours that make you feel happy, these are often the colours that we choose to wear - from there, consider if you are a social person, do you like to entertain, do you have lots of children or pets - there is no point having a white carpet if you have dogs! WHAT INTERIOR TRENDS WILL BE BIG FOR SUMMER? Wow - this is a big one! Coral, Teal, Aztec patterns, patterns on patterns, colour on colour - again, whilst it may be the trend and looks great in a bar, restaurant or club, it doesn’t mean that ‘you’ can live with it. Take the trends & dilute them to suit you - or if you are really bold, bring it on! WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? Every day is different! We meet so many varied and interesting people and often we have to ensure that both partners are comfortable and excited about what we are proposing - sometimes the enjoyment comes from a completely different angle, some clients are so inspiring, they‘re a joy to work with. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? Seeing tears of joy on the face of our client as she walked down the stairs to see her living room when we finished installing. WHAT IS YOUR MOST POPULAR PRODUCT? Our hand-finished soft furnishings have to take that prize. We are very particular in the way we cut and sew, form headings and even in the way we wrap and pack - it makes hanging them a dream.
OUTSIDE OF WORK WHAT CAN WE FIND YOU DOING? Yoga, dogs and wine! I teach yoga here in Whittlesey - just four classes a week now, but I enjoy teaching my students, I laugh and I find it helps balance me. I am often out walking the dogs - Rosie, Theodore and Maybelline they can help brighten a most trying day. And wine - that most universal medicine, especially when mixed with good lively company and a dry sense of humour!! Orlando Interior Design can be found on 2 Broad Street, Whittlesey PE7 1HA. The newly opened Haberdashery is situated across the road. You can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01733 200800 or visit orlandointeriordesign. co.uk - or better yet, pop in and see how the friendly team can help refresh your home. The Fens | July 2019
The Fens July issue features an interview with Fenland artist Nick Tearle and we visit Ayscoughfee Hall