Tailored Living is a multi-award winning interior design and interior architecture studio offering a personalised design process to create luxurious and elegant residential and commercial interiors. In this interview, Gloria Sanchez discusses what led her to initially establish the studio, her sources of inspiration and some of Signature designs that have featured across a number of interiors.
What do you think makes Tailored Living Interiors unique?
Quite a few interior designers have what I would define as an 'in house' style. At Tailored Living Interiors, we don’t have such a fixed style, we design to our clients' preference. Our portfolio is as varied as our client list. This is great because our clients know they are going to end up with a space that they will thoroughly enjoy and reflect both their personalities and their tastes.
What led you to initially establish the studio?
During the summer of 2005, I took time off from my then marketing job to look after my son. Whilst I was off, being someone that cannot stop, I started to decorate our home. I thoroughly enjoyed doing it and shortly after completion, friends starting asking for tips and help. The following year I enrolled at KLC and I have been working in the industry ever since graduating as an interior designer.
What are some of the most effective ways to represent a client’s personality into an interior scheme?
A strong brief guarantees getting to know the client well. We use a lot of images at this early stage to learn about our clients' likes and dislikes. Listening at this early stage is key. Thereafter, we meet with the client at key stages through the process and this helps us refine further. We are proud to say that we are excellent listeners and as a result after a through brief not many changes are required at subsequent stages.
What sources of inspiration to you most commonly utilise in your design approach?
The strongest source of inspiration is ultimately the client. Very often the client might have a painting that they like or an existing piece of furniture and this becomes the starting point of a scheme. On other occasions we get rooms that are a blank canvas. Ultimately then it is the client’s penchant and preferences learnt during the brief stage that will define our direction.
What stylistic elements would you define as being central to your overall interior style?
Independently of the style we work with, we like to have clean, clear and well defined lines whenever possible. Amongst other things, this helps us create calm and well balanced interiors. We also like to bring an understated luxury feeling to our interiors.
What are currently some of your preferred materials and fabrics to work with in your projects?
A successful interior should have a combination of materials to help create interest. We like to mix textures and colours to bring interiors to life. The materials that we choose are dictated by the style that we are working on. Some styles will require lots of earthy and natural materials. Others like a classic contemporary style will require more sumptuous and luxurious ones. We have recently produced an 'urban chic' property in a Fulham Mews development. Here we mixed concrete and wood with gritty textures to evoke that urban feel bordering on industrial.
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 love working with Heathfield & Co. The choice of fittings is so wide and varied; there are really some amazing statement pieces in the collection. The quality is really good and we have a great variety of shade shapes and colours to choose from to complement our colour schemes. We always find the sales team extremely helpful and friendly.
Images: Top row: Medina Nickel wall light. Bottom Row: Mallory Evergreen table lamp, Verdi Ocean table lamp
Your studio has won a number of awards. What has been the biggest accolade you have received?
We won interior designer of the year in the UK during 2016 and we have also been awarded services awards by Houzz. At the risk of sounding a little clichéd I would really say our biggest achievement to date is being able to say (with a big smile) that all our clients are happy and many of them have become friends at the end of the process. This sense of satisfaction and achievement really is the ultimate accolade.
What are some of the key design events in your calendar you regularly attend?
We never miss Decorex or 100% Design. This year we wanted to go to Salone del Mobile in Milano, Unfortunately we had some looming deadlines that prevented us from going. We already have this in the diary for next year.
For more information on Tailored Living Interiors visit www.tailored-living.co.uk