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Q&A: Interior designer Beverley Spyer-Holmes

PUBLISHED: 08:33 19 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 20 February 2013

Q&A: Interior designer Beverley Spyer-Holmes

Q&A: Interior designer Beverley Spyer-Holmes

Beverley Spyer-Holmes, of Beverley Hills Interiors in Welwyn, set up her own company at the age of 19. She tells Louise McEvoy about her biggest challenge to date, famous clients, and her love of St Albans

Beverley Spyer-Holmes, of Beverley Hills Interiors in Welwyn, set up her own company at the age of 19. She tells Louise McEvoy about her biggest challenge to date, famous clients, and her love of St Albans


How long have you been working in interior design?
I have been in interior design for 22 years. I trained at the Inchbald School of Design and began my own business after a brief apprenticeship in antiques.

How long has Beverley Hills Interiors been established, and has it always been your ambition to start your own business?
I set up Beverley Hills Interiors 18 years ago when I opened my first shop. Ive always been hugely ambitious and it was always a case when younger of not if but when I would have my own business.


How do you go about designing a room? What is the process?
Any project draws upon the aspirations of the client, the architecture of the building and the lifestyle of those who will live in the space. I produce mood boards after an initial consultation, to ascertain that we are all singing from the same hymn book before agreeing terms and embarking on a design. I spend a lot of time thinking what Im looking to achieve before putting pen to paper. Once I have an idea, then it usually takes off and the energy that the excitement produces rapidly produces a presentation to show a client.


What has been your biggest challenge to date?
We mainly work on high-end residential work and find the complexities of that field easy to deal with. The challenge comes when we are faced with new products and services that I need to research and understand. For example, we recently incorporated air conditioning into every room within a private home, that was well hidden within the decoration of each room. By the time it was fitted there wasnt much I didnt know about air conditioning!


What has been your most enjoyable project so far?
The most enjoyable projects are always those when I have a great synergy with my client. Making the project enjoyable for the client and those working within it always has its benefits. Its a misconception that this industry is glamorous. Theres the five minutes at the end when everything looks great, but the journey can invariably be exhausting, stressful and intense for all those involved.


Have you ever worked with any famous clients?
Yes I have, but I have a set policy of discretion. Every client is treated in the same way, with the same level of respect and privacy.


Where do you live, and what do you most like about the area?
I live in Tewin. Im incredibly lucky to live in such a leafy area with gorgeous countryside on my doorstep and yet Im in Chelsea within an hour.


What do you do to relax?
Walking and swimming and I read on average a book every fortnight.


If you could swap lives with one person for a day, who would it be?
I think I would like to see what it is like to be in the shoes of Queen Elizabeth I as she had such historical importance for this country, and was a strong and powerful woman.


How would you suggest a visitor to Hertfordshire spend their day?
I would spend the day in St Albans. I love the architecture, the abbey and the lakes, coupled with lovely places to eat and drink.


What is your favourite Hertfordshire walk?
My favourite walk is around Waterford and Stapleford near Hertford. Im looking forward to my new addition to the family a blue whippet and exploring more of this beautiful county.

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