Lucy from Lucy Gleeson Interiors.
We were delighted to catch up with Lucy from Lucy Gleeson Interiors recently and hear what she’s been doing since her online interior design course with us.
Hi Lucy, can you tell us your background and what you’ve been doing since your online interior design course with us?
I started my career as an actress and then moved in to television and although I was a Floor Manager, I was really drawn to the set design and costume departments. I then learned to sew and design clothes and did a fashion design course at London College of Fashion. But I soon realised I preferred making things for the home.
Throughout all of this I was fascinated with colour. So I started my blog and very soon started working with interior brands and worked on my photography. I then did a course with you at My Interior Design School and it was invaluable and gave me the confidence to start out professionally.
Where do get your design inspiration from?
All over the place. You can find it anywhere and everywhere. I always say keep a camera with you because you might find it walking the dog, at a tube station and definitely at places like design fairs.
What does your average working day look like?
I divide my days. One half is designing and practicing my design skills for clients and the other is writing, photographing and styling for my blog. I find one really useful for the other. The day starts with answering emails, then I do some research, draw up plans and then focus on curating a blog post maybe. The days go very quickly as I have three pets and a family to look after too!
What are you best known for?
I am best known for colour and was lucky enough to win a prestigious interior design blog award for this*.
I grew up in a colourful home and with an artist Mum, so naturally I am drawn to putting together various hues.
What has been the best project you have worked on and made you most proud?
My own kitchen. Because I had longed for a new one ever since we moved in around 10 years ago. Doing simple things like putting in French doors and adding an island made a huge difference to the amount of light and space to move around cook in. It has transformed the space and the Little Greene Paint Company colour that we used makes me happy every morning.
I still love our gold-finish sink. I feel very lucky to have it.
How do you reach new clients?
I have used my website and blog as a platform. I do think the best way to get work is to get out there and chat to people. Word of mouth is also excellent obviously if someone can vouch for you.
What do you love about your job?
I love every aspect of it. Working for myself. Making people happy with new colours and ideas. Learning something new every day and being around textiles generally.
What do you not love about your job?
So, there might be one thing. I don’t especially love selling myself. I’d love to have a PR person to do that side of things.
What are your top tips and advice for our students starting a new interiors business?
Get yourself a good website and grow your portfolio. Say ‘yes’ to opportunities and learn as you go along. Develop your own style but be open to clients’ ideas.
What do you wish you had known when you started out?
How to market myself better. It’s something that I think a lot of people struggle with. But your work will speak for itself. Don’t be afraid to show that to people.
What are your plans for your business future?
To work in hospitals and places like that. I’d love to get the colours just right because it can really aid healing and you’d be surprised how they can affect people.
For me, I need to feel I am doing something good and useful with my ideas and it feels like a great opportunity to achieve this.
We Say ……
What an inspiration Lucy is don’t you think?
Her obvious passion and knowledge of colour shines through on her blog posts and website. And it doesn’t surprise us at all that she won a prestigious award with Amara Blog Awards. It is well-deserved.
The fact that she is planning on using her talents with colour to help others is so inspiring. And Lucy, like us, obviously understands the power that colour can have within interior spaces.
We wish her all the best with her business Lucy Gleeson Interiors and look forward to hearing more about the healing and beneficial effect that her work with colour will bring to patients, her many fans and future clients.
Oh and we LOVE that gold-finish kitchen sink!
If you’ve been inspired by Lucy’s story and would love to learn more about colour, interior design and working with clients, take a look at our bestselling online interior design course, My Professional Interior Design Course, by clicking here: https://myinteriordesign.school/product/my-professional-course/