Earl's Court by Interior Statements
Sue McGregor is founder of Interior Statements and author of ‘Boutique Home: 10 steps to creating your boutique space’. Sue has over 25 years of international
experience and effortlessly blends classic and contemporary design in a highly individual expression that reflects her client's lifestyle and aspirations.
"I believe we all deserve to express our true selves. Investing in your environment will affect the quality of your life and your psychological wellbeing. The quality of this investment is not just reflected in the value of your property, but it is an investment in you."
Earl's Court offered such a bold statement in design that we just had to know more about the person behind it all.
Could you tell us a little bit about your background as an interior designer?
I began my career in office design in Sydney, Australia - space planning for hundreds of people per floor; the challenge was to create a sense of individual privacy for each person whilst maintaining an open connection with others. Ergonomics was key to my planning. I then used this skill in both residential and yacht design together with a natural flair with colour, materials and finishes. I had developed this during my adolescent years working with my mother on the renovation of family houses. My Lecturing background began in Brisbane while developing my own practice. And, after the years of travelling back and forth to London and Italy, I realised a desire to absorb the European culture of design and therefore settled in London in the late 1990's working with The London Design School and developing my own practise.
Are there any other interior designers you draw inspiration from?
Not interior designers as such - I would class Phillipe Stark and Jamie Hayon as leaders in the field of design. They really inspire me.
You've certainly made a statement with your chosen wallpaper for Earl's Court. What was your thought process behind this?
The butterflies were one of three statement wallpapers in the Earls Court apartment. I was inspired by a visit I made to the butterfly museum in London. I didn't want to visually clutter the extensive garden views with the formality of curtains so chose to add to the foliage of the trees a wall of butterflies - they relate the to the short life of a butterfly to the change of seasons.
What one piece of advice would you give to an aspiring interior designer?
Enjoy the client, the design process and be courageous with your designs
What does the word luxury mean to you?
Luxury is the combination of a thoughtful layout, interesting detail, highly crafted furniture and artefacts, the softness and tactile quality of texture, statement pieces that create a sense of surprise - all within a space that caters for every need; physically, visually and emotionally.