Felicia Foreman Interiors

Designer in Profile: Felicia Foreman, Felicia Foreman Interiors

Felicia Foreman Interiors have been shortlisted for Home Cinema Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2020. Read more about Felicia Foreman below:

Name:  Felicia ForemanFelicia Foreman Interiors

Company:  Felicia Foreman Interiors

Position: Owner

Website: https://feliciaforemaninteriors.co.uk

Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience etc):
I have been passionate about Interior Design for as long as I can remember.  I started out refurbishing unmodernised property while I was working full time in music, followed by jobs in property finance, advertising and film, (qualifying as an accountant along the way).   After doing a six day masterclass with Kelly Hoppen in 2003, which fuelled my passion for interiors even more, I continued working on my own Interiors projects whilst my family were growing up.  Deciding to turn my passion into a career, I then completed an Interior Design qualification at KLC School of Design, setting up my own Interior Design Studio in 2017.

How would you describe your personal design style?
My own style is very relaxed with a neutral base and strong use of colour and texture.   I love combining colour and pattern with natural materials such as wood and stone.  I like people to feel really comfortable when they walk in – not like they can’t sit down as everything is too precious!

Where does your design inspiration come from?
Everywhere!  Travel, art, buildings, nature…..

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Design is definitely moving towards greater sustainability, not just in new build but also in the renewal of older properties.  Specifying taps which use less water, upcycling furniture, using rugs which are made out of recycled plastic and energy saving lighting etc.   We are also using much more colour.  People are much more interested in crafts and hand-made items, individual pieces with personality and a combination of old and new.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
Sustainability, well-being, happiness, care for the environment and individuality.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Take your time!   Develop a scheme you will be happy to live with for more than just a year or two rather than following trends – you want your interior to be a reflection of who are you, but also to be timeless and therefore, sustainable.    Be meticulous when it comes to the details –  the right lighting can totally transform a space.   Traffic flow and furniture layouts as well as heights and sizes of items are incredibly important too.  If something looks fantastic but doesn’t function properly within the space, then it just becomes irritating!

How Important are the International Design & Architecture Awards?
They are very important as they are a showcase for designers and architects work to be seen by a much wider audience than only those closely involved in the project.   There are some incredible designs out there, with innovative use of materials and styles and it is fascinating and inspirational to be able to see them.

What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a beautiful historic Grade II listed house in Sussex, which is almost complete, the conversion of a triple carport into a games room and a couple of smaller single room makeovers.  I’m also about to start work on my own home.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
My goal over the next twelve months is to become more efficient with my time, so I can spend more time designing and out & about sourcing and less time doing admin!

Final thoughts: tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?
My engagement ring

Your favourite holiday destination?
The Swiss Alps

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
Hotel: Lime Wood
Hide Restaurant
the Bar at The Abingdon

Your favourite book, film, song?
Book would be “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
Film would be “The Devil Wears Prada”
Song  – I have so many favourites, but for sheer positivity it would have to be “Walking on Sunshine”.

Your favourite way to spend and afternoon?
Walking on the beach in Cornwall, or at an Art Gallery

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
I would love to be an artist.

Anything else interesting?
If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything as a society, it is how important our home environment and our families are.  We should strive to make our homes the most welcoming havens they can be, places where we really want to spend time, rather than dashing in and out of them.  Spending more quality time together is very important and my goal is to help clients create welcoming spaces that allow them to do just that.

Felicia Foreman Interiors have been shortlisted for Home Cinema Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2020.

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