Hampshire-based Charlotte Stuart is a qualified interior designer who, having worked in the industry for over 20 years – including five as one of the top colour consultants at Farrow & Ball – has seen how it has evolved and recognised the need for a simpler solution.
Deconstructing the more traditional, typical offering from interior designers, she is now thrilled to be launching her own design consultancy. Over the past two years Charlotte’s briefs from private homeowners and property developers in London and the south of England have required full-service interior design solutions. However, more recently the necessity to meet via Zoom thanks to the pandemic has led to a sharp increase in consultations that have proven to negate the need for a site visit. A more flexible design approach is perfect for clients who know their own style, but just need that vote of confidence to either get going with a project, or help to complete it.
Charlotte’s more flexible design approach is perfect for clients who know their own style, but just need that vote of confidence to either get going with a project or complete it
Charlotte is as adept at working on full house commissions as she is at smaller room-led projects, and can alleviate angst and procrastination in as little as an hour. Her enthusiasm is contagious; she is brimming with energy; and her schemes are as playful and warm as her own personal style. She introduces colour where it feels comfortable, with a balance of neutral tones to create a cohesive flow throughout the space that brings the design together. With a natural flair for interiors and eye for detail, she is able to craft homes that are practical yet elegant and luxurious too.
The personalised, flexible service, which is chargeable at £125 per hour, begins with a pre-appointment questionnaire to find out more about the clients’ individual objectives and challenges. The consultation then takes place in person or over Zoom, when Charlotte will talk through suggested designs and put forward options to fulfil the brief. Afterwards, clients receive a follow-up specification, plus samples where appropriate. She can help with anything from paint choices and fabrics to making the best of existing furniture or new additional pieces. In addition to this, she can offer support through larger build projects, helping clients to make those all-important decisions. Sourcing and recommendations on suppliers, colours, lighting, brands, storage and more, are also an option and she can share her advice on where to spend and where to save.
For one recent client, for instance, she came up with creative colour solutions for a double-height hall in a duplex apartment. For another, the focus was on ways to maximise the limited space of a bedroom in an annex. ‘The client wanted to make it really special but couldn’t quite see how,’ recalls Charlotte. ‘We had a collaborative brainstorm where she told me what she did and didn’t like. I came up with ideas for colours, fabrics, wallpapers. I also suggested an upholstered bedhead and a small walk-in wardrobe area. Sometimes it can be simple changes that make all the difference.’
The perfect service then, for anyone who is overwhelmed by choice, short on time, or simply looking for inspiration and a fresh pair of eyes to help make confident, curated decisions.
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