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Smug Fox

Greater Manchester

‘20 Certificate of Excellence

We can help you style anything from a single room to a full house interior design service. Styling services - We offer help with styling your house to sell or to help you get the right look for you and your family to enjoy whilst offering practical solutions for storage and comfort. Smug fox can source vintage and new items and will always strive to offer you a unique look. We offer a professional upholstery service as well as curtain making in addition to restoration and painting of furniture. Interior Design - We can offer full service design from initial discussion of ideas regarding your projects, mood board creation, supplier coordination, project management and sourcing of products and finishing touches. We have a real eye for detail and love to help our customers bring some creative flair into their homes and are a family business offering a friendly and expert service. ​

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What’s your interior design process?

We will attend your property to discuss your requirements and come up with ideas to then produce a mood board for you. Following the presentation of the mood board we can make any changes and produce a costings sheet with a list of suppliers from which you can then decide how you wish to proceed - We can hand the information to you for completing your project or we can manage your project through to completion - liaising with all suppliers and managing contractors and completing the styling myself.

Which interior design styles can you cater for?

We can cater to all tastes and budgets although we do specialise in Scandinavian style and Vintage.

What do you love most about your job?

Everything! I have always been creative and my mum has always been interested in interiors so from a young age we have been to loads of galleries, interiors exhibitions, markets and auctions as well as looking in interior stores and small boutiques as a weekend hobby so this has now become my hobby and I still do all of these things with my mum or by myself.

I love the fact that not one day is the same and that I meet so many different people and being able to find new products or ideas for my customers is something I get a great deal of joy from!

I love meeting my customers and helping them realise their interior dreams.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I used to work as an account manager - managing projects for a large retail supplier; although I loved managing projects and working with my customers a creative person should not be sat behind a desk and I soon realised that being sat with a paint tin or searching antiques fairs for beautiful finds was where my passion was. I started a business selling vintage furniture and home accessories from Denmark. I soon found customers asking me to style their homes as they loved how my products looked on my stand at shows and in my own home and at friends and familys. I now have a business where I can offer both styling and interior design and also sourcing of furniture and accessories.

Why should our clients choose you?

We are a family business that offer a personal service with expert advice and a creative eye. We have the advantage of working as a retail business so we have sourcing furniture and homewares down to a fine art.

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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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The average rating for Bark Interior Designers in Preston is 4.92, based on 43 reviews.

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