“The most important element of any home design is that it reflects the family living in it.”
Last month we caught up with Cherie Lee from Cherie Lee Interiors to discuss interior trends, UK brands, and dream home transformations.
Firstly, for those who don’t know who Cherie Lee is, can you tell us who you are, and what you do.
I am the Founder and Director of an interior design consultancy based in Hertfordshire and working throughout London and the Home Counties. We work predominantly with period and listed properties to create stunning homes which blend classic features with contemporary, modern styling.
You have completed lots of beautiful home transformations, how do you find inspiration for each project?
The inspiration for each property design always starts with our client. We go through a thorough Q&A with them once we’re instructed and are able to really get to understand their style, who they are as people and how they want to use their home. The most important element of any home design is that it reflects the family living in it. As well as the home owner, the property helps to guide the design. The beauty of an old building is that each one is truly unique and we try to reflect that.
What has been your favourite interior design project to date?
I’m not sure I could choose just one! We are very lucky to have worked on some beautiful spaces. In general, my favourite designs mix luxury with industrial or rustic materials. The contrast creates stylish homes with a real wow factor, but they remain comfortable and understated.
Who are your go to brands when it comes to a home transformation?
I am proud of the fact that we work with a really wide spectrum of brands on our designs. However, I am a huge fan of working with suppliers who have their roots in the U.K. Not only does it support U.K. industry, but from a style perspective, the UK produces some of the highest quality workmanship and design.
Most of our client’s place a huge focus on the kitchen when redesigning their home. Humphrey Munson create beautiful, handmade kitchens from their workshop in Essex and they are one of our favourites to collaborate with. I love products from traditional bathroom companies such as William Holland and Drummonds and monochrome textiles from Tori Murphy and Beatrice Larkin are a must.
Which part of an interior project is your favourite?
The initial stage of getting to know our client and understanding what they want from their home design is always a really enjoyable part. The most rewarding, is the final dressing of the property and layering with accessories and soft furnishings. I always feel really proud of what we’ve created and how the home feels.
Artwork featured: Abstract ‘Triade’ Acrylic On Canvas
How important are seasonal trends to your interior work?
On the whole, I wouldn’t say that our designs are influenced dramatically by seasonal trends. It can take anywhere between 6-18 months before our designs come to fruition so we’d be changing our minds quite a lot! However, it’s always great to see new products and fabrics that are produced in the home and interiors industry each season. It definitely gives us a boost and it’s great when you see something that you can’t wait to incorporate into a design.
How do you stay on top of interior trends?
Every member of my team is passionate about design and they are constantly feeding back about a scheme that they saw in a restaurant or bar, or something exciting in a suppliers showroom. It may not always be a trend, but an unusual mix of materials or a different way of using a material that we already love. I, like everyone else, can’t help but browse the beautiful galleries on Instagram and I am a long term subscriber to Living etc and Elle Decor!
Finally, what would be your dream project?
Each period home has such character and uniqueness, but for me, Georgian style architecture is beautiful. A Georgian, stately home in Bath or the Cotswolds would be a lovely project.
Find out more about Cherie Lee Interiors and their services here.