An interview with Sable Interiors

Sable Interiors is an established Interior Design Consultancy based in South West London. Specialising in exceptional innovative designs for distinctive private residences and commercial premises, the studio delivers projects from design and planning, to completion and furnishing. In this interview, Sable's Fiona Applegarth discusses her common sources of inspiration and the predicted interior trends for 2019.

What do you think makes Sable Interiors unique?

Combining creative flair, artistic vision, innovation and enthusiasm together with excellent architectural understanding, Sable Interiors maintain a highly acclaimed and prominent reputation for creating spectacular lifestyle solutions for both private homes and commercial properties, large and small. With over 20 years of experience, our multi-disciplined design practice comprehensively covers every aspect of design, build and home enhancement.We also have an inspirational showroom full of unusual furniture; lighting, art and accessories that caters for walk-in clients.

What led you to initially establish your studio?

After graduating from university I worked for Harrods for 7 years in a number of different departments, reaching senior management level. I believe this gave me a strong foundation in high-end luxury products. Following this, I took some time out to start a family, I was then able to focus on my passion for interiors. With my experience from Harrods as a basis I wanted to create an inspirational lifestyle gallery within a showroom setting that could bring uniquely sourced products to people's homes.

What are currently some of your preferred materials and fabrics to work with?
Fabrics have always been my passion, so textured velvets and bright colours are definite favorites of mine. I also enjoy using unusual marbles that add character and wow factor, quality veneers (Grey Oak/ Tobacco) and metals such as Bronze and Antique Brass.

What sources of inspiration to you most commonly utilise in your design approach?

Every year, as a design team, we attend exhibitions such as Maison & Objet in Paris, Isaloni in Milan and Decorex in London. These fabulous events are a great way of staying up-to-date with current trends and they provide us with a wealth of inspiration and product knowledge. I am also involved with the charity African Revival, which takes me to countries such as Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Uganda. These trips are so inspiring on many different levels but from a design perspective it has really encouraged me to use colour, pattern, interesting trimmings and natural materials.

What stylistic elements would you define as being central to your overall interior style?

At Sable Interiors we place a great importance on quality. We are proud to work with high-end suppliers and brands to deliver schemes tailored to our clients' tastes. For all of our schemes, we inject personality with timeless elegance, where all elements work together in a unique blend.

What are some of the most effective ways to represent a client’s personality into an interior scheme?

We pride ourselves on our great relationships with our clients. It’s so key to listen to the client and incorporate elements of their individual personalities into their schemes. We are able to express this through choice of colour, fabric, art, unique accessories and much more!

Several of your recent projects featured lighting designs from Heathfield & Co. What was it about these particular lighting designs that complemented these interiors so well?

We very much love the Heathfield & Co glass range and often team these with beautiful coloured satin shades for an extra pop of colour to go with any scheme. We recently installed the Christina Teal table lamps in one of our projects and were able to perfectly match the shades to the rest of the scheme. It was a stunning addition and finishing touch!

Images: Left: Fiametta and Cornelius table lamps in Godalming, Surrey interior. Right: Constance table lamp in Esher, Surrey interior.

What are some of the key design events in your calendar you regularly attend?

In April we attend Isaloni in Milan; January and September Maison & Objets in Paris; September Decorex and Focus in London.After seeing the Heathfield & Co stand this September at Decorex we are excited to display some of our favourite new pieces in our showroom.

What kind of information or inspiration can be expect to find on your social media channels?

I post regularly on Instagram and Facebook. Here you will find information on new launches from our suppliers; interesting architectural details spotted on my travels; recently completed projects and inspirational lifestyle shots.

What do you think will be some of the key interior trends to emerge in 2019?

In 2019 we foresee that trends will include :- Lifestyle: functionality blended with design, Materials: Brass, Marble, Colour: Mustard, Dark Green, Nude, Caramel, Blues, Themes: Ethnic and Tropical, Furniture detailing: Retro style round legs, Curved furniture, Clustering, Mermaid tiles, Herringbone/ Geometrical flooring, Trims, Bold wallpapers and Statement ceilings. For more information on Sable Interiors visit

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