Read my interviews wih world renowned Interior Designers, brands and suppliers and get an insight into their life! From Tricial Guild, Victoria Eggs, Gisela Graham and many more!



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MARCH, 2016

 Q&A with Charlie Dimmock 


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How did you develop the concept for your ‘In the Garden’ range?

My range was created to make gardening accessible to everyone and to get the nation gardening. It’s aimed at everyone who has a keen interest in gardening whether they are a beginner looking for the essentials to get them started or even if they are the most experienced and are looking for something new and exciting. There is a variety of gift-able lines available in the range too.


Where do you take your personal inspiration from?

I love being out in the garden and find it mentally very relaxing and positive.  Working with Poundland and making gardening products accessible and affordable to everyone I am hoping will get a lot more people gardening.


What is your must-have item for next season?

My favourite item in the range….to choose just one is too difficult ...


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NOVEMBER, 2014

 Interview with Izmade 


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Describe yourself in a 5 words.

Artisan, Hand-crafted, Dry, Giggly, Italian


What inspires you? Where do you get your inspiration from?

The Italian culture and the international art movements. Traditional craftsman's techniques and the flavour of materials.

 

I'm good at
Making an idea come to life.

 

Im bad at
Keeping our wood workshop clean.

 

5 things a designer can't live without

RSS and Feedly, exhibitions and fairs, magazines and music.

 

What are the highlights of your career thus far?
Our website and our social media presence. Pure storytelling.

 

What are your goals for the next 5 years?

Get the right visibility and credibility.

 

How did you develop the concept for your studio (logo, concept)?

Pratone chair from Torino, meant to resemble blades of growing green grass.


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  November 24, 2014 11:03 AM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

OCTOBER, 2014

 Interview with Tricia Guild, from Designer's Guild 


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Describe yourself in a 5 words.

Creative, innovative, eclectic, passionate,

 

What inspires you? Where do you get your inspiration from?

I am inspired everyday by the world around me - from great architecture, flowers and nature to fashion, the arts and my family to name but a few sources. We live in a visual world that all make an impression I think it is a case of being open to it.

 

I'm good at...

making pastry


Im bad at...

not working, everywhere I go I see something that might spark the thought process for a design or collection.

 

What are the highlights of your career thus far?

I think it would be collecting the OBE from Queen Elizabeth, for services to interior design. It was an incredible day, and one that I will never forget.

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SEPTEMBER, 2014

 Interview with Liva from Livettes 


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Describe yourself in a 5 words.

A young designer willing to collect experience.


What inspires you?

When the music is good, coffee is great and the sun is shining, that's all it takes...


I'm good at...

seeing the final look of the house from a few bricks.


Im bad at...

making decisions quickly.


What are the highlights of your career thus far?

I think as Livettes is my first project this could be considered as one of the greatest achievements so far. It basically was started six months ago and now I have several collaboration offers from retailers in Europe and interior designers around the world. But I'm sure that there is a lot more ahead of where I'm going.


What are your goals for the next 5 years?

Develop other projects I'm working on at this moment, ...


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JUNE, 2014

 Interview with Victoria Eggs 


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Describe yourself in a 5 words.

Creative, positive, chatty, organised and short!


What inspires you?

Being out and about anywhere in the UK and in particular London, as I live and work here.


I'm good at... finding the best in every situation.


Im bad at... deciding what to eat when I go out for dinner; tapas style is always the way to go with me!


What are the highlights of your career thus far?

Being shortlisted as a finalist for Startups Home Based Business 2013 and winning Gift of the Year 2012 for Made in UK. Producing bespoke designs for St Pauls Cathedral, Twickenham Stadium and The National Gallery. Being invited by Hankyu Department store in Japan to sell my products in their annual British Fair and going strong nearly three years into launching the company.


What are your ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  June 09, 2014 8:18 PM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

NOVEMBER, 2013

 Interview with Gisela Graham 


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 Describe yourself in a 5 words.

A well-organised and anxious perfectionist


What inspires you?

Anything: current fashions; the sets or costumes of an opera or play; a memory of childhood; a book or magazine; a visit to a stately home; foreign tourism; museums and art galleries


I'm good at...

Seeing a task through from beginning to end


Im bad at...

Sewing


What are the highlights of your career thus far?

Creating the business and making it grow


What are your goals for the next 5 years?

Making the business grow bigger


What do you enjoy most about working in the interior design industry?

Once in a while I create, or am instrumental in creating , something really new. I like to think of my products being in peoples homes and giving them pleasure.


How ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  November 30, 2013 12:00 AM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

OCTOBER, 2013

 Interview with Joa Studholme, Colour Consultant Farrow & Ball 


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1. What do you do?

I work with Farrow & Ball, helping to develop the colour palette, as well as working in customers houses giving them advice and generally spreading the good word about how colour can transform the home.

 

2. Your favourite style icon?

I have been more influenced by the way Rothko uses colours than anything else.

 

3. Your favourite colour?

That is like asking me which is my favourite child.

 

4. What is your must-have item for next season?

One of the New Colours on the Farrow & Ball palette, Stiffkey Blue, is a beautiful deep shade, which perfectly embodies next years trend of natural colours. Its inspiration comes from the amazing colour of the mud found on a beach in Stiffkey in Norfolk. Its wonderful for creating either a light ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  October 02, 2013 3:32 PM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

SEPTEMBER, 2013

  



Forty years ago domestic life was very different. Only 50% of people owned a land-line phone and nearly a third of families didn't have a washing machine. 14% of us still didn't have a fridge. And how we shopped was also very far removed from todays desire for instant retail gratification.

 

Forty years ago Argos - a new concept in retailing at the time launched in the UK. And since then the retailer and has been widely cited as acting as a social barometer, charting changes in technology, design, and consumer habits; and perhaps more vitally putting an aspirational lifestyle within the nations grasp.

 

The first catalogue in 1973 had 250 pages with 4,700 lines; today the retailer has more than 635 million website visits a year and offers more than 29,000 products across its website, mobile websites, apps and catalogue.

 

Since then ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  September 18, 2013 10:29 AM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

 Interview with Maurizio Leo Placuzzi, President of SICIS 


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What inspires you?

I get constant inspiration by nature, by history, by travelling; by fashion  We are so lucky to live in a country thats so rich both culturally and historically, and in nature diversity.

 

I'm good at...

Thinking differently. Generally people go one direction, I like trying to go to the opposite direction. So far that has always worked for me.

 

Im bad at...

I hate to think of what Im bad at I can say I have no patience. Im very fast... which is not so bad after all.

 

What are the highlights of your career thus far?  What are your goals for the next 5 years?

I started making mosaic when mosaic was really not popular, people had a very limited view of mosaic usage, Sicis was able to change this view and we are proud of this.  Starting from glass mosaic we were able, just in a few years, to be the partners ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  September 04, 2013 10:17 AM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

 Interview with Karen Haller, Colour Expert 


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H: Danielle Robinson, Webchat Host

A: Karen Haller, Colour Expert

 

H: A new study shows that millions of us are literally living in neutral homes that are crying out for colour.  Have the years of advice on moving and not improving let us languishing in boring and plain abodes that lack character?  Joining us now is Karen Haller, Colour Expert.  So how can we introduce more personality into our houses, Karen?


A: Well the really, really easy way to introduce colour into your home is to really think about your own personality and how you want to feel and what colour means to you and then when you know what colours that you love then you are able to bring them in to your furnishings, into your accessories, into anything at all.  I think whats been happening over the years is that people have been ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  September 02, 2013 9:17 PM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

AUGUST, 2013

 Interview with Lesley Pennington, CEO of BEMZ 


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Describe yourself in a 5 words. What inspires you? I'm good at... Im bad at...

Im inspired by people that follow their hearts, that challenge the staus quo, and that arent afraid to stand up for the things that they believe.

Positive- I always look at the positive side. Negative- I always look at the positive side; optimistic, creative, open, curious, unstructured

 

What are the highlights of your career thus far?

Changing career paths 4 times

Working at Apple Computer

Being an entrepreneur

 

What are your goals for the next 5 years?

Make Bemz the no. 1 destination worldwide for Custom Made Textiles

Get my daughter successfully through her teenage years

Continue and develop my work with a school in Cambodia.

Live in multiple countries.

 

What do you enjoy most about working in ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  August 30, 2013 12:50 AM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

DECEMBER, 2012

 Interview with David Carter 


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Describe yourself in a 5 words
A PURVEYOR OF EXPENSIVE DREAMS
 
What inspires you?
LIFE AND DEATH
 
I'm good at...
EVERYTHING
 
Im bad at...
EVERYTHING
 
What are the highlights of your career thus far?
THE FACT THAT I AM STILL HERE
 
What are your goals for the next 5 years?
DESIGNING THE MOST EXPENSIVE HOTEL IN THE WORLD
 
How did the name David Carter Interior Design / Ala Carter come about?
BY DESIGN

How did you develop the concept for
David Carter Interior Design / Ala Carter?
THERE WAS NO CONCEPTION, JUST A LOT OF FOOLING AROUND

What has been the most exciting collaboration you've worked on so far?
I DONT COLLABORATE, I DICTATE
 
How long have you been working in design and what is your creative background and training?
I HAVE BEEN WORKING AS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS. I HAVE ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  December 12, 2012 10:20 AM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

NOVEMBER, 2012

 12 things Kelli Ellis cannot live without 


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1. Reading glasses
2. Lip Fusion Lip Gloss
3. iStuff ... iPod, iPad, iPhone
4. Mascara
5. Drawing pencils and paper
6. Morning coffee
7. "Venti Caramel Light Frappucino with Protein"
8. Converse tennis shoes
9. Mani/pedi's
10. Ballroom Dance Shoes
11. Girlfriends
12. Family - My amazing daughters and loving Husband
 
Bio
 Award Winning, Celebrity Interior Designer and Design Psychology Expert, Kelli Ellis began her love of Media and Design very early, first as a creative interior designer of Barbie house at age 5 then onto the stage and television. Kelli has a BA in Communications, a Law School background and a certification from the Interior Design Institute, and is the Owner and Lead Designer at Kelli Ellis Interiors, Inc.
In addition to her shows on HGTV, TLC, and Bravo, Kelli has guest appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC Nationwide. The web knows Kelli as ehow.com Interior ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  November 14, 2012 11:04 AM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

 Interview with Susan Llewellyn, Susan Llewellyn Associates 


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Describe yourself in a 5 words. Love coupled with a passion for design and creativity
What inspires you? Travel, exhibitions, theatre, music, cinema
I'm good at... Visualization
Im bad at... Divulging what I might be bad at!
What are the highlights of your career thus far? The Amporn Palace Thailand, The Kings Observatory Old Deer Park Richmond.
What are your goals for the next 5 years? To continue to build on and expand my new academy along with my design focused trips and visits.
How did the name <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Susan Llewellyn Associates come about? The company evolved naturally and is based on my knowledge and history so it made sense that the company name was a personal reference.
How did you develop the concept for Susan Llewellyn Associates? My Mantra is Learning by Doing this is ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  November 14, 2012 10:42 AM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

 Interview with Jason Haloossim, Co-founcer InteriorDesignPro.org 


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Describe yourself in a 5 words. Curious. Energetic. Creative. Friendly. Focused

What inspires you? My imagination inspires me. From abstract thinking, creative solutions, ideas, and inspirations present themselves, and the possibility of surprising myself inspires me.

I'm good at... Listening

Im bad at... Accounting

What are the highlights of your career thus far? Creating the website InteiriorDesignPro.org has provided the most good for the most people so far, so this is something that I consider worthwhile to highlight. Helping interior design professionals promote their services to reach new clients in this down economy means a lot to me. Our family business in Los Angeles, Contempo Floor Coverings, relies on the patronage of design professionals. Sustaining an online platform that helps stimulate business for the entire design industry in a meaningful way is something I will continue to develop and grow. The website includes over 1,500 design professionals from over 30 ...


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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  November 14, 2012 10:36 AM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

APRIL, 2012

 Interview with Kerrie Kelly | Kerrie Kelly Design Lab 


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Describe yourself in a 5 words. Driven, sassy, focused, attentive, enthusiastic.
What inspires you? Seeing people who are good at what they do; world class cities, like New York City, Paris and San Francisco. However, a wonderfully presented meal with a glass of wine works too!
I'm good at...bringing a team or project together.
Im bad at...being patient.
What are the highlights of your career thus far? Walking into the Barnes & Noble in Chicago and seeing my book, Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide, being read by a store patron.
What are your goals for the next 5 years? I would like to continue to write interior design books for homeowners and students, publish my cookbook and writings on Spanish Revival design and establish our Kerrie Kelly Design Lab product lines.
What do you enjoy most about working in the interior design industry? I love the creative ideas we ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  April 19, 2012 5:23 PM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

NOVEMBER, 2011

 Interview with Laura McCree 





posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  November 20, 2011 3:42 PM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

JUNE, 2011

 5 minutes with Bodo Sperlein 


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London based designer Bodo Sperlein is renowned within the field of luxury goods design, specialising in home accessories such as lighting, furniture, table / giftware and jewellery. In addition to developing his own collections, Sperlein also acts as a design consultant, undertaking projects for global clients as diverse as Swarovski, Dibbern, and Du Pont. Notable projects include the recent Re-Cyclos Magical collection for Lladr, and perfume bottles for Agent Provocateur.
 
 Bodos design philosophy is one of challenging perceptions through contrast. Traditional materials and skills are revitalized through contemporary design; so called 'old fashioned' high quality materials like pewter, glass, wood and bone china meet innovative materials such as Corian. He loves to use high-quality materials to make luxury products that will have longevity through their contemporary classic appeal.
 
 His unique biomorphic style led to several collaborations with international Michelin-starred restaurants such as Hakkasan, Charlie Trotter, The ...

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posted by MY UNIQUE HOME | DESIGN MAGAZINE & DESIGN WORKSHOPS | INSPIRATION | INTERVIEWS  June 02, 2011 7:39 PM  Interviews  comments (0)



 

MAY, 2011

 Teaser of the interview with Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute and a world-renowned colour forecaster and trend expert 





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