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Ann Cope Interior Design

‘20 Certificate of Excellence

INNOVATIVE, AFFORDABLE INTERIOR DESIGN Whether your style is contemporary, traditional, country, eclectic or you don’t know your style we will design a unique scheme which will enhance the way you live. We will work on small projects as well as large, so if you are just looking for some inspiration and guidance try our Inspirational Visit. Need a whole room, a whole house or complete re-design, then take a look at our Interior Design Packages. Bespoke packages are also available please call us to discuss your requirements or email us. Ann will create a design which is practical, stunning and reflect your personality & lifestyle. You will also benefit from Ann’s unrivalled attention to detail ensuring that the interiors that we create suit your needs whether it be stunning, stylish or relaxing. The one thing we can guarantee is it will be bespoke to you!

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What’s your interior design process?

Your home or workplace is a reflection of you. It is a personal process and is vital that everyone involved feels comfortable. We always request an initial meeting with prospective clients to introduce ourselves – meet you – and give both parties an opportunity to gain a sense of chemistry.

You talk – we listen.
We discuss the project’s design brief in full and begin to form a sense of how the space will be used. Details, for example; Do you entertain frequently? Do you have pets? Children or extended family to take into consideration? We discuss preferred styles, colours and atmosphere.

We take your thoughts and needs and inspire you with ideas that you may not have thought of; always with a focus on budget and reality.

This is where it gets exciting. Once Ann has spent time with you, Ann will begin the creative process. This will involve drawing up floor plans and key elevations, researching furnishings and materials, right through to the finishing touches.

Ann will then meet with you for a presentation of the overall concept; giving you mood boards, inspirational images along with material samples which will all be tailored to your bespoke design.

Your project becomes our project and we remain involved throughout. You can depend on us to deliver your interior project to you. Gaining access to our suppliers network of our tried and trusted contractors, suppliers and craftspeople guarantees a project delivered on budget, within timescales – every time.

Which interior design styles can you cater for?

I have a passion for most styles as they are all unique and tell a story. I have a passion for Art Deco, Contemporary, Vintage and Industrial. I also love to put old with new.
However through the initial consultation I have with clients I establish what styles suit them and design with the clients likes and dislikes, to give them a scheme they will love.

What do you love most about your job?

I am continually inspired by good design, whether it’s floral display in a shop, a poster advertisement or natural beauty. Anything that ignites an emotional response excites me. I am always photographing anything I find interesting and taking notes. It may be beautiful architecture, a stunning garden or the beach after a spring tide. I love helping my clients create amazing spaces that work for them and they enjoy.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Ann, a mother of three, lives on an island in Essex with her husband, children and Teddy the dog. Enjoying long walks along the beach and getting out on the water in the summer, Ann makes the most of her surroundings.

With a background in property, full-time interior design has always been Ann’s goal. With her children now older she set up on her own doing what she loves.

“My first ever job organising show homes and selling new properties, it was then I knew what I wanted to do. The children were young and I suppose I wasn’t quite brave enough.”

After 15 years in property Ann started to venture towards her dream and started doing interior design part-time whilst running courses teaching upcycling and paint techniques.

Why should our clients choose you?

I am passionate about helping my clients transform their house into a home that they are proud of and can enjoy with family and friends. the creative process allows me to produce a bespoke scheme that feels like a sanctuary that can make you feel relaxed and closed off from the outside world.
Whilst being conscious of sustainability and eco friendly products.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

How our Virtual Design Service Works

Ideal for a single room that needs a little inspiration

1. Brief

Your own dedicated designer
Through questionnaire to complete
Online 30 minute briefing meeting with a video tour of your home (this is so we
get to know you and your home)
Up to 2-week design and communication time
Online dashboard for you to access with item suggestions to except or decline
Links to where to buy items with prices

2. Concept

Online concept meeting
video recording sent after meeting
1 x mood board concept
1 x design brief emailed after meeting
Styling advice with tips
1 week post concept support

We also offer all our design services online

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

We have launched our services online over Zoom meetings, We were masks when visiting properties and hand sanitisers. We ensure that the household is Covid free before visit and if we were to come in to contact with anyone with Covid we will isolate for the 14 days before continuing with visits.
All trades are asked before they go to properties.

We are very aware and want to insure all our clients are safe and that we don't bring the virus to them.

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Your expert Interior Designer will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to help you select the best services for your home. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Use Bark to get free quotes and find a professional Interior Designer today.

Firstly, it is important to have an idea of what you like and don’t like. This is a really useful starting point for what styles will work for you which will be used by the Interior Designer to formulate some suitable concepts.

There are a number of ways which will help you decide your favourite styles such as:

  • Magazines – It is a good idea to browse through interior design magazines such as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Galerie Magazine and Veranda.

  • Social media – Have a look at their social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest which will give you a good idea of their style and moreover will showcase their portfolios.

  • Local media – Take a look at their websites and see if you can find any local press coverage on any projects they have undertaken.

  • Visits – Try and visit art galleries, antique shops or fashion boutiques to get a sense of what styles you like.

Personality fit - You want to make sure there is a good personality fit with your Interior Designer. Projects can go on for months or even years.

Client involvement - Some designers prefer consulting with a client every step of the process whereas others prefer full creative control so you want to know ahead of time what to expect. As a client, you should know how you like to work and how much involvement you expect from the start.

Inspiration - If you ask questions about their favourite projects you can get a peek into how he or she navigates the creative process.

Communication - Ask detailed questions about the firm’s strengths and weaknesses which will help you determine whether or not it is the right match for your project and timeline.

Project management style - Be sure to ask your designer how they will communicate their vision in a way that you can easily digest. Some Interior Designers manage the entire process from the design phase, through the procurement phase and the final installation. Every designer handles project management differently so it is important to have a firm and clear grasp of how your designer’s process works.

Design risks – Sometimes the initial design presentation may not be what you are looking for. The key is to be open-minded, prepare yourself for some design risks and be honest with how you are feeling. The designs should speak to you as you will have to live with them.

Past clients - It is a good idea to ask about previous projects to understand how crises are dealt with and how the designer has factored in preventative measures.

Budget - It is important to talk about budgets beforehand rather than in the middle of a project which can make a world of difference in terms of avoiding unnecessary conflict. It is worth getting a few quotations from different Interior Designers before deciding on a specific style.

You should look for a degree, foundation degree or HND in relevant subjects such as architecture, fine art, furniture design, interior and spatial design, interior architecture, textile design and 3D design.

Before you choose an Interior Designer, you could ask to see examples of their work, read testimonials and view before and after pictures of rooms and homes they have designed.

You could also look at their profile page on Bark and check out reviews from past customers too as well as examples of work that they have completed. This might also help you get some ideas for the types of design you need.

Interior designers cover a number of different aspects. They prepare detailed plans for the space showing the colour scheme, materials, lighting and soft furnishings they recommend. They also provide clients with detailed drawings, mood boards and scale models if required. Some designers will create interactive digital presentations to show you their designs. They will also show you samples of the materials that they recommend for your home.

Yes, you can. An online interior designer will ask you questions about your budget and preferences, and then they will design a 'virtual' room, filling it with real furniture you can purchase - pretty neat stuff!

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