Known for bold prints and rich colors, Tricia Guild OBE is the Founder and Creative Director of Designers Guild. Recipient of multiple awards and recognitions and author of over 15 books, Tricia is making the world more beautiful one interior at a time.
We caught up with her to get advice on decorating and design.
You’ve built your business around interior design. What do you consider the first rule of décor?
“ Be yourself and be true to your own personal style. Your home should be a reflection of you and your family’s personality and character. Try not to slavishly aspire to be tasteful or make decisions based on what other people will think. At the end of the day, your home is for you not other people to live in. “
How would you describe your own home? Dare we ask who picked the colors and patterns?
“ Our homes (we have a house in Umbria as well as a house in London ) are contemporary, light and colourful. No surprises that I picked the colors, but of course, I consulted my husband.
Be yourself and be true to your own personal style. Your home should be a reflection of you and your family’s personality and character.
Obviously, your work has been greatly appreciated. You’ve even received some very prestigious awards. Is there one in particular that you are most proud of? What do you do to celebrate?
“ It is always thrilling to receive awards and I am so lucky to have been recognised by my peers and customers alike. However the one that means the most is definitely the OBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. It was a wonderful surprise and still means the world to me. On the day, I celebrated with a delicious lunch with my family. The next day, the team in the office surprised me with a giant card, a cake and flowers- it really was pretty memorable.
When was your ‘I’ve made it’ moment?
“ Not sure I’ve had it! I’ll let you know!
Do you have any advice to give young entrepreneurs? Interior designers?
“Believe in yourself. Listen hard to everyone, but trust your instincts and make up your own mind.
How would you describe Luisa Via Roma’s selection?
“Oh so stylish!
The must-have item currently on the site?
“Dries Van Notens’ lurex coat – the master at work!
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