Celine is both a seasoned interior designer and the founder of interior design practice Indie&Co. A triumph of authentic yet understated interiors, Celine uses her design expertise to create homes which address the desire to lead a more balanced existence and encourage mindfulness within our spaces. She chatted to us about life as a designer and threw us some great tips for approaching any home renovation project.
Why did you become an interior designer?
I originally wanted to be a product designer but realised that whenever I wanted to design an object, I ended up designing the space around it.
Can you describe a typical project to us?
I mostly work on residential renovations from kitchen extensions to loft extensions to full refurbishment.
How would you describe your own home?
I am currently in the process of doing it up! We completed the loft extension and the renovation of the first floor this month and we are about to start the kitchen extension and ground floor renovation. I am designing my home around our needs and not around what the resale value would be which is freeing and makes it a functional space.
Home is everything to me, and this house is never empty. I have two small children, a dog, I work from home with my assistant when I am not onsite, I hold meetings in my house and my husband also has a home office which he uses at least one day a week. Usually on projects, we ended up with a fairly muted palette but this isn’t the case in my house. We used a lot of green from light to very moody, as well as some muted pinks and mustard yellows. The furniture is a mismatch of build-in joinery, vintage pieces and contemporary designers.
Where do you draw design inspiration from?
I find inspiration in the past, the colours, the layouts, the furniture and uses of it in a modern context. I also find restaurants and hotels a good place to find inspiration.
What three words sum up life as an interior designer?
Unpredictable, flexible, exciting.
What is the first thing you tend to notice when walking into a new room?
The feel of the room is the first thing which hits me, so without realising I am thinking about: how the room smells, the temperature, is it nice to the touch, how the light makes me feel, what are the materials? I guess following this, the layout would probably be next.
Is there a design trend you would love to see make a comeback?
It is all about context, one item could fit perfectly in a space and feel totally relevant but look outdated in an other. I wouldn’t worry about trends, they always make a come back anyway.
And one which history should forget?
Again this all depends on the context. I wouldn’t want to rule anything out but I guess that carpets in bathrooms would be one, avocado bathroom suits, the extensive use of plastic in interiors, PVC windows and the extensive use of down lights.
Top tip for somebody starting a new home project?
Hire a professional, it may seem expensive at the start – especially if you’ve never used an interior designer – but the investment is worth it. They will know how to avoid big costly mistakes and will allow you to actually deliver the dream home you originally wanted. They will have plenty of contacts which they can recommend and take a lot of the pressure off. A home renovation is a draining and at times very challenging process, so having someone there can make the whole difference. Also move out if you can afford it, the building stage always takes longer then originally anticipated and lastly put some money aside for the unexpected.
What’s a mistake which people often make when decorating?
They look at each item individually rather than think about the whole picture.
Whose home would you love to sneak peak into?
I love all the homes on the site The Modern House.
Is there a dream piece you would like to find for your own home?
I am always on the look out for something a bit different. I have my eye on a few art pieces at the moment, and I also would love to find nice floor lights and table lights.
What do you think will be big in 2019?
Wood kitchens, green kitchen, micro cement and micro concrete, sustainable and ethical products.
Is there a film for which you would love to design the set?
I am a fan of Jean-Pierre Jeunet so any of his movies; I also love period dramas mostly for their sets and costumes.
And finally, what’s the best way to spend a weekend in London?
A long walk in the park followed by a pub lunch.
Celine’s top three vintage items? Find them below and click through to view on the website.
For me this hits all the marks in terms of colour, texture and practicality, it is such a hard piece to find. Most of my clients are after a day/guest bed which looks beautiful.
This is such a great painting, its both playful and timeless.
A key piece in a kitchen or living space, this bookcase is elegant and understated.
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