Interview: designer Kate Watson takes us from fashion to fabrics
Kate Watson has worked in design for over 20 years, starting out in the fashion industry and moving into interior design. Kate has an eye for design and helps clients with her personal interior design service to find a bespoke style to suit, whether it is a small project or a full home refurbishment.
1. Can you give us a little background about yourself and your work?
I started out in trend prediction in the fashion industry; the experience has given me a second sense with upcoming trends and which are going to be strong looks, as well as which to avoid!
2. How would you describe your work in ten words?
Upmarket, trend focused yet classic style, with design integrity.
3. List five things that have inspired you and your work.
- The history of homes and how we live (read Bill Bryson's "At Home").
- Fabric, fabric and more fabric. I'm obsessed with it and always have been.
- My background in the fashion industry and how trends are a response to how people are living, what they're doing, where they're travelling to, and the economy etc.
- My artist dad and my designer mum. There was no escape from it growing up and I don't know how to live in any other way than through design.
- The loyalty and enthusiasm of my clients, and being able to make homes, environments, spaces, come alive for them.
4. How did you begin your career as a designer?
I went to Art College at 16 years old to complete a fashion diploma, followed by a fashion degree. I then worked in New York before returning back to London and gradually over the years I developed an even greater passion for homes and spaces, transferring the design skills across. My background means I approach interior design in a slightly different way, but the fundamental processes are the same.
5. What's next?
I am currently working for a client in North London on a refurbishment of their Arts and Crafts family home; as well as a property refurbishment for a couple who have lived in the same home for 35 years, and their kids have bought them a consultation with me for Christmas! I am also getting to grips with blogging, tweeting, and what SEO means - things that don't come naturally to me but are essential for business building.
6. Please add any additional comments.
I hunted high and low for the right fabrics for The Lodge, and was over the moon when I found Camira's Eco range (and they haven't asked me to say this!). This range is always at the back of my mind as I adore it for its eco integrity, commercial robustness and stunning colour and texture range; it's a perfect fabric range, especially Sting, Denim and Blazer - gorgeous!
If you would like further information about Kate's West London based Interiors firm, please visit her website at: www.katewatsoninteriors.co.uk