Meet Fiona Shakespeare from Shakespeare Design - Designer Profile, August 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

For over 10 years Fiona Shakespeare has provided exceptional interior design consultancy to her NSW based residential customers.

Her business, Shakespeare Design is located in Sydney and specialises in creating individually tailored spaces that reflect her client's personal style. She aims to inspire her clients with new looks that will stand the test of time.

Fiona's business philosophy is to focus on working in areas she loves and developing genuine relationships with her clients. That's how the best results are achieved with each project she undertakes. She is always striving to grow her skill and knowledge base across different product areas.

Read our interview with Fiona below.

Introducing Shakespeare Design

How did Shakespeare Design start?

I had always loved art at school and came from an artistic family who taught me to experiment with colour and to follow my heart rather than be slave to fashion. We had burnt-orange walls in our lounge room when I was growing up! I also learned from my artist grandparents to find beauty in the imperfections of objects whether old or new, expensive or cheap and cheerful. After a corporate career, I decided to change to a new career that gave me a chance to be creative and work on a project based from home.  I’ve been re-arranging furniture and collecting fabric since I was a kid, so interior design was the natural fit.

What type of clients do you work with?

Most of our clients have either just purchased a new home, are renovating or want help furnishing a room they have never been entirely happy with. 

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

I love seeing beautiful products from around the world being used in new ways on social media, especially Instagram. I also get inspiration from old films - the apartment in Hitchcock’s “Rope” is to die for!  The best source of inspiration though, is to go out and interact with other people and places whether it’s travelling, going to markets, galleries, hotels and restaurants or just hitting the shops.

What do you like about interior design?

I love that trends in interiors are constantly changing and there are so many beautiful and innovative products and fabrics coming on the market all the time.  But I also love classic looks and incorporating them into a scheme.  It overlaps with my other love - clothing and fashion. The best projects are the ones where I can develop a strong working partnership with a client where we can both share candid opinions and ideas and achieve a result that is beautiful and functional.

What projects have you recently been working on? 

I worked on a lovely little holiday house at beautiful Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches recently. I’m also proud of the work I did on a menswear boutique ‘The Man Next Door’ in Balmain with the very talented owner Leanne Carter-Taylor. Throughout this year I've really been focusing on collaborating with other design professionals and stylists and have consequently worked on some great projects and met some wonderful people. I've also recently had two projects photographed for upcoming editions of Australian House & Garden and Modern Homes so I'm looking forward to seeing those publications.

What trends are you liking in soft furnishings at the moment?

I really like boucle for upholstery as it hides the dirt and is cool in summer and cosy in winter. I’m also using leather on dining chairs and of course lots of lovely sheer linens that are still so functional in most homes.

What are the benefits of partnering with BQ Design?

I love the efficiency, reliability and quality of BQ's work. And I’m always so grateful when I can pick up the phone and Rebecca or Lorraine are there to help me with my questions!

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Phone: (02) 8060 5788

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