Optimist Design LtdCertificate of Excellence 2019
London, Greater LondonElite Pro (6 Reviews)
Stylish and Affordable Home Solutions
Optimist Design offer interior design, home staging and interior styling services to home owners, landlords, estate agents and for photography shoots and exhibitions.
Our services are bespoke and tailored to specific client requirements, and we can take on any project, regardless of the size.
Leigh Davies of Optimist Design offers a highly personalised service, and is National Design Academy qualified in Interior Design, an Associate Partner at HouseWow, the UK's leading Property Styling business and a member of the Home Staging Association. Leigh is also an experienced interior stylist and project manager.
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Optimist Design Ltd Q&A
What’s your interior design process?
I always try, before an initial meeting, to get some basic information from a potential client, along with some photos if possible. I have a one-page questionnaire to help this part of the process.
At the first meeting, this is expanded to a more detailed questionnaire which is completed during a walk-through/viewing of the property as a whole and concentrating on the specific areas which the client wants to improve or change. I also try to get to know the client as well as their home, to understand their likes and dislikes, how they spend their free time. I ask them to show me something in their home which they adore. It might be a teapot, a jumper or a piece of furniture, but it's a great starting point to help someone define their style and for me to build on.
Which interior design styles can you cater for?
I'm happy to work with any interior styles, and also help a potential client to define their style if they're not sure what they like. This is a very visual process and involves browsing and discussing my 'Define your Style' portfolio, and a selection of images I take to a meeting based on the information given beforehand.
I consider myself to be adaptable and able to work across a wide spectrum of interior styles.
What do you love most about your job?
I love talking to clients about their aspirations for their homes, and working creatively to help them achieve the perfect space. Sourcing furniture, accessories and fabrics is an area I particularly enjoy, and then putting everything together to create a 'wow' for the client. It's great when a client says 'I'd never have found that table/lamp/cushion/rug myself, but I love it'. It's all about giving someone a home they want to be in and show off to friends and family, which they wouldn't be able to create on their own.
What inspired you to start your own business?
Having always had a passion for property and interiors, this was a natural choice for me, although my earlier working life was in the travel and exhibition industries, with a bit of college lecturing in the middle.
Starting my own business was the best move I ever made. I have a very strong work ethic, and Optimist Design is based around that, operating a I want it to, with my clients at the very centre of everything I do.
Why should our clients choose you?
I am often asked "What's your style?" which I always feel is an odd question. As an interior designer, I don't feel that my role is to impose my style on a client, it is to help to interpret their style, and produce a space which enhances the way they live and in which they feel happy and comfortable.
I aim to achieve this by getting to know my clients well, understanding clearly their likes and dislikes, how they live and how they want their home to feel (as well as how they want it to look). It is a very friendly and personal service, which my clients often tell me they really enjoy.
My client relationships tend to be long-term, with repeat business occurring often.
Optimist Design Ltd Services
From an online e-Design service to a fully managed project, Optimist Design can help with all your interior design needs. We can help with colour scheme selection, space planning, choosing furniture, lighting, soft furnishings and accessories, and with the final styling of your home. We work on everything from single rooms to whole house renovations, and love working alongside architects and builders.
Home staging services can be provided to home owners looking to style and dress their homes for sale, to estate agents working on behalf of vendors and to developers looking for stylish show homes. We provide everything from furniture rental, accessories and lighting and hands-on styling. We can also advise on how to maximise the selling potential of your home, and assist with de-cluttering, enhancing your space and kerb appeal ideas.
Landlord Furnishing Solutions
We work with private landlords to provide stylish and cost effective furnishing solutions for rental properties. We work within your budget to develop a design scheme appropriate to the property, and manage all the purchasing, deliveries and installation.
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