As a Property Management company we get the opportunity to snoop around some beautiful homes in Clifton, each one is unique with their own interior design style & it’s a great way to get inspiration for your own home.
If you’re stuck for some design ideas then read our interview with Zoë Hewett
, an incredible Bristol based Interior Designer.
Where does your love for interior design come from?
I think it’s in the genes. My childhood home was in a state when my parents bought it, and watching mum wallpapering and stripping paint off the balustrades with a heat gun made an impression on me, and her quirky taste. Also being taken to Jacob’s Antiques Market in Cardiff on Sundays, which I loved, especially the spooky corners. My Grandfather was an architect, although sadly he died before I was born, but he built the 1950s house mum grew up in. Apparently he put a huge Salvador Dali rug in the living room, and Dali paper on my Uncle’s bedroom walls. I wish I could have seen that!
What is your personal interior design style?
Colour rich, bold, bohemian, vintage with the odd upcycle. I am a magpie for different styles and eras, although when I design for clients I am more of a chameleon, as it’s about finding their style not imposing mine.
Who is your favourite designer?
Kelly Wearstler. Her sculptural style and sense of space and scale is incredible, then there’s the materials, finishes and colour palettes. It’s high-octane, fearless and uber glamorous (and eye wateringly expensive).
What is your favourite piece in the store?
Probably the Brazilian designed BFK leather Butterfly Chair. It’s such a classic, I love its curves and airy base.
What do you love most about Bristol?
It's unorthodox character!
What are your top 3 haunts in Bristol?
for music. I moved here on a complete whim after seeing Seu Jorge and Gilles Peterson pack out the whole auditorium. The Milk Thistle
is simply fabulous, and although I’ve only been once so far I could certainly live with the Clifton Lido
becoming a regular haunt.
Our favorite design from Zoe is her Neverland inspired room set for Grand Designs Live. In her blog Zoe explains how she relied on her childhood memories & one particular picture to inspire her design.
Below is a quote from Zoe’s blog
which we at Air 360 love, it shows that interior designers are just like us - ordinary, if not artistically impaired, people despite their superior artistic flair and flourish:
‘For the research stage I chose instead to rely on childhood memory, a recap of the story’s significant tropes (flamingoes, skulls, pirates), and still images from the original Disney animation. The main inspiration picture was of a pirate galleon, vividly orange, flying through a velvety sky over tropical islands. Often, interior designers don’t share this essential ‘dreaming’ part of the design process with clients, or its fruits (the concept board) because frankly, it can all look and sound a bit too darn bonkers.’
If you are doing up your property to rent out on Airbnb then feel free to contact us for any further information or advice.
P.S. Your interior design doesn’t have to be as good as Zoe’s – but it wouldn’t hurt!
Look out for our next installment of Ship Shape & Bristol Fashion featuring the Bristol Upholstery Collective