I had not considered using an interior designer for finishing touches on our kitchen/diner/living room. I assumed that it would be out of our price range and thought I might be intimidated by the designer’s opinions. This could not have been further from what happened when I met Sharon, owner
of Autumn Willow and Studio 8 Interior Designs.
Sharon is warm, engaging and full of knowledge and fantastic ideas. She doesn’t baulk one bit when we explain we are at the end of our project therefore kind of… skint! She provides clever solutions and realistic options. There is absolutely no hard sell. Whatsoever. Mid chat Sharon clocks me watching my two kids out of the corner of my eye. Smiling, she says, “They’re FINE. Relax. They can’t do anything.” Words to soothe any stressed parent’s soul. And she should know; she has seven (that’s SEVEN) girls. We agree on a grey loose weave material with an orange velvet trim for our curtains. Sharon has offered to make any surplus material into cushions. What a lovely bonus!
Soft furnishings, however, are only a fraction of the scope of Autumn Willow and Studio 8 Interiors. The design arm of her business – Studio 8 Interiors – covers internal layouts, joinery and furniture design, lighting design and project management. Most of Studio 8’s projects require that they work closely with third parties, such as architects, project managers, contractors or furniture makers. She tells me, “Having signed off the design often months previously we are able to juggle things such as joinery, upholstery, furniture making and lighting design into a finely tuned schedule.”
Great interior design is like great art, it can reflect who you are in ways you never imagined. Sharon says, “ We are an interior design studio that is focussed on achieving a home or space that, from the moment you step over the threshold, lifts your wellbeing. It is amazing to think that we are able to boost our client’s mood or help them relax by creating a space that works for them, making them feel at peace in their home environment.”
There’s a certain magic about getting to the essence of a person and their vision and using that to transform their space into something unique, comfortable and personal, which is what I believe Studio 8 does so incredibly well. Their unique perspective, grounded in both a holistic and architectural approach, reflects an eye toward colour, materials and a strong sense of space and form. In a nutshell, Studio 8 will make your space better than you could have ever imagined.