At Floor Coverings International of Floor Coverings International Oahu, we love to showcase creative design bloggers who are kind enough to share their wisdom and how they got started. Today we have an interview with Lisa, interior designer and longtime blogger at Natural Modern Interiors.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I started working as an Interior Designer and Interior Architect way back in 1993 in London. After designing many major retail stores, cafes and residential apartments, I decided to leave the UK in 2004, for a sunnier, outdoor, lifestyle and immigrated to Brisbane, Australia where I live with my husband by the sea.
I set up my own interior design company Natural Modern Interiors in 2007 specialising in natural, eclectic, recycled and handmade interior design, renovations and building design solutions. We are also soon to launch our interior design e-courses to help home owners understand their design style and then how to renovate, design or style their homes.
In addition to design I am also interested in Building Biology which is the science behind toxic hazards and chemicals that effect our health and indoor air quality. It is pretty scary how toxic our homes and offices have become.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I started my blog Natural Modern Interiors in 2010 to share my passion for interiors, renovations and building design that are natural, eclectic, recycled and handmade. I also love sharing the great homes and ideas that I find when I travel overseas and the natural homes and materials that I come across.
How would you describe your design style?
I believe that a home or any other indoor environment should be natural, healthy environment and a place that reflects your lifestyle, personality and individuality. My own personal style is a natural style, using natural materials, mixed with up with recycled, handmade furniture and eclectic pieces we have found on our travels. When I work with clients, the first thing I do is work out their individual design style and then I collect inspiration to suit their unique style.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
My design inspiration is based on natural materials, nature, recycled ideas and eclectic things. If I am working on a resort or home near a rainforest then I walk through the rainforest and gather leaves, take photos and work with the rich colours that come from that environment.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
I love working on unique projects so when I was approached to help a client design and build a round house based on Sacred Geometry using natural materials, recycled timber and eclectic pieces I jumped at the chance.
With curved walls everywhere, all the joinery, kitchen design, bathroom designs and furniture layouts had to be designed around this, which was a bit of a challenge. Also, all the building material selections were chosen for there unique look, natural qualities and natural feel. The interior decoration is a mix of natural materials, artisan crafted timber, Boho style and eclectic pieces sourced by the client from their travels.
Due to its circular design and use of natural materials, this home holds a very special spiritual and calming quality. This is hard to feel in a few photos but try to imagine birds singing, frogs croaking and the sound of running water from every room… it’s quite magical. You can see more photos here.