Interior Designer Q&A’s – JLV Design
In our upcoming series of blogs, we will be getting some of our favourite interior designers to give insights on what makes them tick. In the first edition of this series, we spoke to Josephine Lecoufle-Vinet of JLV Designs.
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- What project have you worked on that you are most proud of, and why?
- What part of interior design do you enjoy the most, and why?
- What words of advice would you offer to anyone planning to hire an interior designer?
- What particular styles do you like to use in your projects and why?
- Is there anyone or anything in particular that you use of a source for inspiration?
- What is your approach to sustainability within your interior design practise?
- What do you think makes a successful project?
What project have you worked on that you are most proud of, and why?
I take pride in all of my projects and pour my heart and soul into each one. However, if I had to pick a favourite, it would be my own house. It was a former council house that my family and I transformed into a comfortable and inviting home. Throughout the years, I’ve changed the style and colours to keep it up to date, so it’s an ongoing project.
What part of interior design do you enjoy the most, and why?
I enjoy two distinct parts of the design process: brainstorming ideas and seeing the finished room come to life. It’s fulfilling to witness how my ideas can transform a space into a cosy and welcoming environment.
What words of advice would you offer to anyone planning to hire an interior designer?
Don’t hesitate to hire a designer to assist you. It may not be as expensive as you think, and often it can result in cost savings. A designer with good spatial awareness can determine if a room will work or not. Additionally, it’s nice to have someone look after things for you occasionally.
What particular styles do you like to use in your projects and why?
I’m not sure what style I use. For most of my clients, I tend to have a French style that is quite refined. However, for French people, I tend to have a British style that is quite different and colourful. My main goal is to make sure my clients are happy with my suggestions, while also considering their personal tastes.
Is there anyone or anything in particular that you use of a source for inspiration?
Like many designers, I am easily inspired by my surroundings. I have accumulated more photos of window displays and buildings on my phone than of my own children. I also find watching TV to be helpful, as the intricate movie sets often provide great ideas for my work.
What is your approach to sustainability within your interior design practise?
As an individual, I place great importance on sustainability. Recently, I worked on a project where we retrofitted a house with the goal of reducing energy consumption by 95%. This was a challenging task as we also had to consider the chemicals used in the paint and carpets. Additionally, we found inspiration in sourcing second-hand furniture whenever possible.
What do you think makes a successful project?
A home renovation project is deemed successful when the clients fall in love with their house all over again. I have worked on a few projects where the clients were considering moving out because they didn’t like their homes. However, upon completion, they expressed that staying was the best decision they ever made. This kind of feedback is the best reward.
This is a guest blog post from Josephine Lecoufle-Vinet of JLV Designs.< Back to all articles