This week we caught up with our interior designer, Katie Barrett, to find out how her team transform our award winning house designs into the perfect show homes.
What’s the key consideration when creating a new show home?
We always try to come up with a unique look that will impress people, as we want to create a look that’s appealing and inspirational. A good show home to me is not only memorable but it’s practical and fun. Combining practicality and fun is actually the hard part, but we always pull it out of the bag!
What do you love most about your job?
The best part of my job is browsing online and in stores for all the finer details that will give each show home an identity. I also love to look around antique shops for inspiration, as each item has its own unique story to tell. It’s the soft furnishings such as bedding, mirrors and lamps that really brings a home to life.
How does your work differ from other designers?
What makes our work different is that we always try to be unique. We want our showhomes to really excite potential buyers and for people to say ‘wow that’s clever’ when they enter each of our rooms.
Being unique is actually the hardest part of our job! We want to be different, but we also have to stay practical so that people can visualise themselves creating a life in a Countryside home.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
We use Pinterest for inspiration and I’d definitely recommend that people look on there for any tips or tricks. It brings together beautiful interiors from all corners of the globe, as well as handy tips for creating amazing styles on a budget.
What design advice would you give to people?
To create beautiful interiors, my best advice would be to make sure that you naturally love all the items in your space. If you don’t love an ornament, or any other item in your home, then don’t hang on to it or try to decorate the room around it. If you don’t love it now, you never will!
I’d also advise people not to have too many items in one place. Instead, use the art of display to showcase special objects and not hide it amongst other items.