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Lucy Barlow: Being a designer keeps you creatively on your toes.

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Every designer has their own story to tell. We sat down with the brilliant Lucy Barlow, Founder of London based interior design firm Barlow and Barlow to discuss hers.

Lucy Barlow, Founder of Barlow and Barlow
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Lucy Barlow, Founder of Barlow and Barlow

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Barlow and Barlow?

I founded Barlow & Barlow Design in 2013 with my brother who is a lighting designer. He has since launched his own lighting company, but we still collaborate on a lot of projects and work from the same office. As a young firm ourselves, we're very lucky to have a young, fun and creative client base. The majority of our jobs are private residential, but we do work with developers from time to time.

What made you want to become an interior designer?

I’ve always wanted to be a designer. When I was at school I dreamt of being a fashion designer, but as I got older my interests turned more and more to interiors, after completing a diploma in architectural design at The Inchbald I was hooked!

Barlow and Barlow living room from Notting Hill project.
Barlow and Barlow living room from Notting Hill project.

What's the best part of being a designer?

The challenge of meeting each client’s requirements in new and exciting ways. No job is ever the same, and that means no day is really the same, this keeps you busy and creatively on your toes!

What's the hardest part of your job?

You can be a brilliant designer, but to run a successful interior design studio you also need to be a good business person, and that is definitely the most challenging aspect. Unfortunately, huge amounts of my energy are directed towards the administrative side of running a business.

This is one of the reasons we joined eporta. You offered a service that saves us a huge amount of time and agro. By pooling all the wonderful designers and manufacturers that are on the site, then offering to manage the orders and support you the whole way through the process. You've made it an absolute no-brainer.

Master Bedroom, New Build House Dublin.
Dining Room, New Build House, Dublin.
Master Bedroom, New Build House Dublin.
Dining Room, New Build House, Dublin.

Can you give us a specific example of when eporta has helped you on a project?

We ordered a sideboard from a Hungarian furniture maker, and the process became quite complex as it was totally bespoke, along with some complicated delivery issues, but eporta supported us the whole way through.

Master Bedroom, Townhouse in Notting Hill.
Master Bedroom, Townhouse in Notting Hill.

What's your proudest design moment to date?

It sounds a bit pathetic, but every time you finish a client’s new home and they are delighted with the results it makes me feel terribly proud. How people use their homes is very personal and very important, so successfully delivering something that enhances people’s lives is really gratifying.

What inspires your projects?

English Country House style, European architecture, colour and pattern.

What would be your one piece of advice for a designer just starting out?

Double, triple, nay quadruple check every measurement you ever take or order from. Your first mistake from a miss measure will haunt you forever!

Bathroom, Townhouse in Notting Hill.
Powder Room, Townhouse in Notting Hill.
Bathroom, Townhouse in Notting Hill.
Powder Room, Townhouse in Notting Hill.

Our quick fire round- the first answer that crosses your mind is all that counts.

Where is your happy place?

Harbour Island in The Bahamas

If you were an animal what would you be?

A leopard for sure – since being a child I’ve harboured an intense love of all things leopard!

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be doing?

I’d love to be a really eccentric antique dealer with a fabulous Aladdin’s cave of a shop in a Georgian townhouse (not that I’ve given it much thought......)!!

Three words to describe eporta?

Diverse, professional, engaging.

Photo Credits for project imagery Simon Maxwell

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