Jul 04 2018
Melanie is Epitome Soft Furnishing’s interior stylist. Originally from Germany, Melanie moved to the UK when she was 12 and now lives in Glasgow’s leafy suburbs. She developed a passion for interiors during her regular family visits to the U.S. where her uncle ran construction projects on the Californian coast. After spending time in London, working on a music career, she has returned to her first love, interiors. We chatted to Mel about interior design and what advice she has to share.
What is your process when working with clients, and how can they best prepare to get the most out of an initial meeting?
Before beginning the interior design process I have an in-depth consultation with the client. I talk through a questionnaire to understand the specific needs and the use of the room. It might be for entertaining or just chilling out. It might need to be child friendly or pet friendly. We discuss fabrics, colour schemes, and lifestyle. I want to create a space that reflects their personality.
It’s important that the client can provide some indication of the budget they have. They don’t need to have an understanding of design, because that’s my job. Having images that inspires them, from online or a magazine, is helpful.
What are the key benefits for a client of working with an interior designer?
A lot of people don’t realise this but it can save you money. I know it’s expensive to invest in an interior designer, but if the client knows what sort of budget they have I will work towards that budget. I’ve got my little black book of suppliers and I will find the right one for the project. I will liaise with all the suppliers , making sure things get delivered on time, dealing with sub-contractors e.g. painters, flooring, bespoke furniture, cabinet makers.
Also, having a professional assessment, someone who has a creative eye, that knows how to put colour schemes together. And someone who can assess the space and know what can be achieved from it. You also get the ‘wow’ factor and something you won’t find on the High Street.
How would you advise clients who don’t want to change everything in their home but want to refresh their current space?
Spruce up the walls! A a touch of paint, and soft furnishings can go a really long way and give a whole new feel to the space. Adding new accessories and soft furnishings can change the look and feel of the room. Also, old furniture can quite easily be refurbished and sometimes can be a cool little diy project. If you’ve got old furniture, rather than throw it out, really think about restoring it. It can add so much character.
Also, clean, de-clutter and organise. No room can give off a nice calm, relaxing, vibe if there is just clutter. Re-imagining your layout, moving the sofas around, and switching it about can potentially create a lot more space.
Which of Epitome’s collections are your favourite and why?
The Warwick Dolce Minerals collection. And I also really, really, love the Paloma collection by Harlequin. They both have a luxe feel but with calm, neutral tones. I actually have the accent cushions in my lounge from the Paloma range and my curtains are from Warwick. They’re not busy prints, they’ve got a little bit of detail. They’re timeless, they’re not going to date, and if you want accesories with a splash of colour that will work.
What do you like about working with Epitome?
They’re efficient and I know I’ll get a good product at the end of the day. They did my master bedroom curtains, and I put David to the test. He did my throw and my cushions, and I was really, really pleased. The service was friendly and David goes above and beyond for the client and for his business. He’s really passionate about what he does, which is good and it shows in the work. I really like working with people that are passionate because that’s something that I am too.
Melanie is Founder and Interior Designer at Borelliea Interiors.