We’ve never done things in a “normal” way and the launch of our business wasn’t particularly normal either. Of course what happened next we all know about, and on the 23rd of March 2020 the country went into lockdown.
Our humble little press release was printed by a couple of local news papers two days later on the 25th March – could our timing have been any worse?! I highly doubt anyone would have cared much about a new business launch on that particular Wednesday, whilst in the throws of home schooling, being lockeddown and worrying about a lethal new virus.
Our business had stalled before we’d even started. It was disappointing, but so many others were in similar or worse situations, that really it didn’t seem to matter too much back then.
As the summer rolled around and the country slowly unlocked it became clear to everyone that things were not going to be going back to normal for a while, and this is when the enquiries started trickling in. Lots of the world were sat at home, and as a result, they wanted to make their homes the best they could possibly be, and we haven’t looked back since!
If you missed our press release (It’s ok, we didn’t even know of its existence until some weeks after it had been published!) you can read it below.
A brand-new interior design business – catering to both residential and commercial clients – has launched in Hampshire.
The Interiors Project is the brainchild of 39-year-olds Kate Thomson, from Alverstoke, and Jemma Wadsworth, from the Isle of Wight.
Kate, a mother of two, and Jemma, a mother of four, met in 2014 following the births of their youngest children, Georgia and Jenson. United by their love of design and transformation, the pair immediately hit it off and, over the next five years, continued to trade stories of design inspiration.
After running her own interior design business in Southsea for a number of years, in March 2018 Jemma secured a contract to design and manage the interior of a local hotel. She decided to enlist the help of Kate, who herself has a background in design and property renovation. It was then that the partnership was born.
After successfully completing their first joint venture, the pair decided to join forces to launch The Interiors Project, with the aim of offering dynamic design solutions to a range of clients across the UK.
“We wanted to be able to offer interior design for everyone” said Jemma, co-founder of The Interiors Project. “I think there is often a misconception that hiring an interior designer is only really an option for the super wealthy. But, in reality, employing a professional to help with the design of your home is something that can be both cost effective and time efficient”.
With offices in both Fareham and on the Isle of Wight, The Interiors Project seeks to offer a range of solutions to fit every budget, from small space design consultancy through to top-to-bottom transformations.
“Everyone in today’s world is so busy that not many of us have the time to plan and budget for changes in our homes, let alone shop for furniture and accessories.” said Kate, co-founder of The Interiors Project. “As a result, most people end up ‘putting up with’ what they have, rather than making their home a space which they not only look forward to coming home to, but also one which functions exactly how they’d like it to. And that’s really where The Interiors Project comes in. We want to create interiors which make life easier, and hassle-free, for our clients”.
Sustainability is also a key focus for the design duo who actively encourage their clients to reuse, recycle and upcycle items, consider vintage and antique furniture options, and explore environmentally friendly paints and wallpapers.
Since launching the business, the pair have already landed a number of exciting projects across Hampshire. This growth, Kate and Jemma hope, will continue into 2020 and beyond. ‘We are both really looking forward to watching our business grow” said Kate. “2020 should be a really exciting year for us”.