Cambridge kitchen talk
The venue is the new Nicholas Anthony showroom in Cambridge where they sell high end kitchens – the sort you dream about. Houzz UK organised the event; this company offers a website bursting with ideas, and you’ll see all sorts of kitchens there. You can browse to find things that spark an idea, even find something that can be realised within your budget, or maybe find someone who can help you achieve the home you desire.
Melissa McCafferty, my Houzz contact for the evening, welcomed us all to the event – she’s a sparkling personality, the perfect co-host and compere. As well as being a super opportunity to network with other designers and make new contacts, the occasion was aimed at helping interior designers find the best routes to market. Cambridge based interior designer, Katie Malik, and myself were invited to take the stage to discuss how we manage our businesses.
During the Q & A session I was asked about my day. My answer: It’s just me – I work long hours, seven days a week, and enjoy a few long breaks in between. Interior design is quite a demanding job. You have to wear many hats when you run your own business, and try to be as good as you can in all areas: from marketing to customer service, and from researching what’s possible to presenting the final design.
The wine cellar was a talking point – the circular glass floor revealed a spiral arrangement of wines. Enough to send you dizzy just thinking about it.
Images are by photographer Paul Porter, who captured the evening with sensitivity and style and, although he was ‘working’, I think he enjoyed himself as well.