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Kerri is an interior designer who focuses on reimagining classic spaces. Her projects are designed to be cherished, lived in and enjoyed, creating warm inviting spaces. Central to this is establishing a cohesive narrative that draws on a buildings history whilst uniting diverse influences seamlessly and comfortably. Her work proposes a balance of opposing elements - strength and softness; past and future; masculine and feminine. Kerri’s signature style honours craftsmanship, natural materials and the architectural canvas, overlaid with beautiful, yet considered and functional furniture - with a particular focus on antique and bespoke pieces.
Tell us about your career path and what led you to Interior Design?
I began my career in the world of fashion - working in PR and communications roles for Prada and Yves Saint Laurent. I was inspired to build upon my experience and a keen eye for detail, studied Architectural Interior Design at Inchbald School of Design. I now create inviting spaces that inspire my clients, whilst being calming, comforting and importantly, evolve with them over the years.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I have a series of books that are my constant inspiration, The Elements of Style by Stephen Calloway is my ‘bible’. It is no longer in print and I was advised to find a copy when studying. Historical details are vital when working in period properties, especially if the project has not been kept in good order, restoring the architectural glory of a space enlivens it, in an honest and appropriate way.
What's your creative process when planning interiors and putting homes together?
Every project is a collaboration between the client and I, working very closely from the initial concept. I seek to know and understand the client and how they live. This allows spaces to be created around the needs and personality of the client, tailoring every aspect to work seamlessly within their daily life.
The architectural space is then taken into consideration and how best to bring it to life. There is a respect and sensitivity for the buildings original features in all projects; history and heritage is taken into consideration alongside the context and brief.
The design phase comprises of selecting materials and furnishings in an appropriate and considered way. Each and every project has its own identity, honouring craftsmanship, natural materials and the architectural canvas.
How would you describe your personal style?
I believe in investing in timeless ‘forever’ pieces through from my wardrobe to my work, quality and tactility is really important to me too.
Three items in your wardrobe you can't live without?
A great day to night dress, a good wool coat and my incredibly comfortable brogue style Dr Marten’s, perfect for climbing up ladders, standing around in cold site meetings and still smart enough for a meeting. My day can often be quite diverse.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever receved?
My Mother’s favourite quote… ‘Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It is learning how to dance in the rain! We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.’
What's your favourite Podcast/Book/Netflix show?
I recently started listening to The India Hicks podcast, it includes conversations with herself and her mother Lady Pamela who regales tales of Kings, Queens and lovers from her life, growing up in the Mountbatten clan.
Where are your favourite places in London to go for drinks, a meal, a gallery or museum...where do you like to spend your free time?
I love visiting National Trust houses and gardens for project inspiration, houses such as Fenton House, Kenwood House and the Sir John Soane’s Museum are on my doorstep and I pass by regularly. I adore the River Cafe and Italian food - they do it so well. However, my favourite way to spend an evening is to cook at home with friends and family.
Leopard or Tiger? Tiger, a little less obvious than leopard.
Countryside or City? City for work and play... countryside for rest and relaxation.
Beach or Mountains? Beach, I was born by the sea and it’s where I feel most relaxed.
Starter or Dessert? Dessert… I am guilty of having a rather sweet tooth.
Cinema or Theatre? Cinema, I find films often a great source of inspiration.
Work or Play? A little of both… I love my job but also love my time out too, the one fuels the other.