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Baker and Hurst Interior Design


‘20 Certificate of Excellence

Baker and Hurst is a specialist residential interior design studio based in rural Essex, UK. We pride ourselves on our personal touch and attention to detail as well as our diverse sense of style. We understand that your home is a deeply private and personal space, so our focus is on ensuring that you are comfortable and happy every step of the way. Our extensive project management experience and trusted contacts within the industry and trade, will give you the peace of mind that whatever work is carried out, it will be done to the very highest standard. We offer comprehensive packages covering interior styling, 'e design', bespoke projects, collaborations, and end-to-end services. Email us now at i•••••@••••.com for your complimentary consultation.

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What’s your interior design process?

We always like to meet our clients in their homes for an informal, initial consultation (at no charge). That way, you get to know us and we can learn more about you, your project and how you want to shape your home. From here we will prepare a detailed quotation based on this consultation.

If instructed (and depending on the level of service chosen), we move onto creating mood boards in the first instance, and then floorplans, sample boards with detailed furniture, fixtures and equipment (FFE) specifications alongside. Scaled drawings can also be provided if required.

Our bespoke end-to-end service includes full project management, so we will source quotes, instruct and manage trade as well as source and manage the purchase, delivery and installation of all FFE right down to the final room staging.

Which interior design styles can you cater for?

We pride ourselves on our diverse sense of style. Our individual styles are quite different, which means we can cater for a wide range of tastes. As a design duo, we compliment each other well.

Melissa (Baker) describes her style as more traditional with a contemporary edge. Her favourite textile designer is the timeless William Morris, but she also loves the simplicity of Scandinavian design. Her passion is experimenting with pattern and colour. Given the choice she will always go bold!

Becky (Hurst) naturally sways towards Scandinavian and minimalist design pieces. She has a love of raw and natural materials, soft, neutral palettes, clean lines with plenty of texture to keep things cosy. She appreciates how timeless Nordic interiors feel, and finds a sense of beauty in their simplicity. That being said, she does occasionally chuck in a bold colour and some bright abstract art for good measure!

What do you love most about your job?

We love the diversity of our job as interior designers. No project or client is the same. Every project we take on fills us with immense excitement and passion to be creative. We could be running a period project alongside a contemporary home, high allows us to enjoy all the different aspects of design.

We’re continuously creating something new over and over again. We feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to make our clients houses into homes for them.

What inspired you to start your own business?

It’s probably down to being at similar turning points in our lives. We both quit our demanding jobs in London to start up our business, in the hope of persuing a more meaningful career and to spend more time with our young families.

Why should our clients choose you?

We are friendly, approachable, down-to-earth, and we don’t judge. Our mission is to create beautiful and functional spaces for our clients. We will always bring our clients on the interior design journey will us and they will always be at the centre of every decision. We want to make your home a place you will never want to leave.

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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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