Charlie describes herself as having a need to create beautiful, but refined, functional spaces that suit everyday living.
“I’m a perfectionist by nature, with a creative flair and my energy, I’ve been told by my husband, is border-line annoying…. I just can’t sit still. However, my project management skills are second to none. My friends call me ‘clipboard Charlie’! Oh, and I’m addicted to Pinterest and cushions, another trait my family has to live with.”
How do you think interior design adds value to a project?
Where do I start? I could list so many things but I think one of the biggest is consistency and getting clients to look at the bigger picture right from the start. You can’t consider a space by itself, you must think about the rest of the home and how it all ties in together. That’s what creates amazing spaces that flow and an interior designer will help you do that.
What design myth would you like to bust?
It’s easy. Trust me it’s not! You are juggling multiple things, people, emotions, budgets and processes…. all of which can go wrong at the drop of a hat. No matter how experienced and prepared you are, you are often relying on other people and people do make mistakes unfortunately. However it’s about how you manage those problems that sets a good designer apart from the others.
What is the one thing you wish your clients knew before you engaged them?
The blood sweat and tears that goes into a project; this is my passion. For me it’s not just about delivering the final product, but the whole process. I want a client to love the experience and not feel bombarded with a million decisions, a budget they have no idea where’s it’s going and the general stress of renovating. It should be an enjoyable experience and it’s my job to ensure that.
What is your favourite part of the design process?
Most definitely the concept stage. Meeting a client for the first time and gathering all that inspiration to pull together a unique and ideal concept that they are going to fall in love with is such a wonderful process. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that you are going to change their lives for the better.
What is your design superpower?
My ability to pick up on all those ‘little signs’ and really deliver what they love and need, even when they don’t know themselves! So many people have no idea what style shouts ‘them’ but I have a knack for finding out! Plus I think about all the practical details too which are just as important.