Interview with Essex Interior Designer Jane Picking
We interviewed Essex’s supreme interior designer...
Jane Picking, an Essex interior designer, has an incredible luxury showroom called House of Design based in Essex offering complimentary interior design services. Exquisite finds out more.
How did you get into design?
Originally, my background was working creatively with Debenhams, designing their window displays in 1978. In their heyday, Debenhams were appointed to design the interiors for new Emerson Park show homes. This gave me a really good first insight into interior design, and I suppose where my love of luxury interiors began!
What should interior design be about?
The individual. The individual should always be allowed to have their own personality, likes and dislikes, although you can bring people out of their comfort zone. Customers can only like what they see, so our job is to make them see everything they like. Interior design sometimes scares people away - they think it will cost a fortune and take over their house - but it should be a really enjoyable experience.
Are there different types of designers? What are they?
In my opinion, there are 3 different types of interior designers: 1. The interior designer with their own unique style who will put their stamp on your home. People recognise the interior as a statement design. 2. The trend setting extremists! They fully embrace the current style or hottest trend, but this can mean that longevity isn’t always accounted for. 3. The consultative designer. This individual focuses on the wants and needs of the client, discussing your ideas in great detail. They ensure that your renovation has the ‘wow’ factor, but the nal design suits your style and reflects your personality.
What type of interior designer do you consider yourself to be?
With every client, I always make sure their room or house distinctly reflects their personality, and honours their wants and needs. I also work hard to ensure the design will last, and won’t look dated next season. I think one of my strengths is knowing what products work well together and how they can be incorporated in your home; I definitely developed this skill specialising in luxury homewares in House of Design.