As part of our Talking Design series, we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing freelance interiors and lifestyle journalist Jacky Parker…
How did you get started in interior design?
I’d always been interested in fashion and design and then when I bought my first flat many moons ago, I discovered a world of interior design and became immersed in paint swatches, fabric samples, tiles and timber, and the difference they can make to your surroundings; I was hooked from then. I’d already been doing some copywriting in a marketing job, so I learnt as much as possible, made a move into magazines and eventually landed a job on Livingetc.
What’s your favourite design trend right now?
I’m wary of short term interior trends as they just seem to induce dissatisfaction, which is not good if you’ve just spent thousands doing up your home. That said, things do naturally move on, and I do love brass taps and fittings and the heritage industrial style, which has been around for a while now. Hopefully it will stand the test of time and look good for a while yet.
What’s your number one tip when it comes to starting a new decorating project?
Work out your own taste rather than blindly following the latest trends. Tear pages from magazines or create a pinterest board. Eventually what you like and don’t like will shine through and you’ll hopefully avoid making expensive mistakes.
What are your trend predictions for next year?
I slightly baulk at the speed and number of annual or seasonal trends in interiors now. It’s better to create a home that you’re going to enjoy being in for the foreseeable future, rather than worrying about whether it’s still going to be ‘on trend’ next year.
Describe your personal style
I generally like clean lines and natural materials: timber, linen, wool, marble etc, and err towards a relaxed Scandi look, with some vintage or well worn pieces thrown in for a bit of character.
Do you have a favourite design show?
During London Design Festival, every September, I always love seeing what’s on offer at Design Junction and London Design Fair (previously Tent London). There are always lots of interesting independent designers making beautiful furniture, lighting and accessories. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you find something that blows you away.
What’s your favourite range from Walls and Floors, and why?
I really like your Ledbury patterned range, it reminds me of lovely Victorian encaustic tiles and looks great mixed with the Metro tiles. I also like the cork tiles, they have a retro feel, it’s a sustainable material and they have sound insulating qualities, which is great if you live in a densely populated city!
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As always, it was a pleasure to talk to Jacky! Do take a look at her website, jackyparker.co.uk.