Interior Style Hunter Interviews Yasmin Chopin

Yasmin Chopin Interview Mistletoe House rendered floorplan

Drapes and tub chair with french window

When I started blogging and using social media to build Interior Style Hunter, Yasmin Chopin was one of the first people I followed on twitter. I regularly read her blog and tweets, as she’s always up to something interesting. Yasmin is definitely one to follow, especially when it comes to uncovering new designers.

What is your design signature/style?

Colourful and quirky. I adore bold pattern and lots of it. But this is my personal taste and not for everyone. I help my clients develop their own style – often they like lots of things but don’t know how to bring it all together so it becomes a journey of discovery for them. I don’t believe it’s the job of an interior designer to impose their style on clients.

What type of people do you love to work with as clients?

My ideal client is one who is willing to go several steps outside their comfort zone. In order for that to happen the client has to trust in me and believe that my suggestions will work. Interior design consultancy is the favourite part of the job for me as it entails a close relationship with the client; I need to really understand their needs, wishes and dreams. Only then can I offer design solutions that they will love and be inspired to try.

Can you tell us about a particularly exciting/challenging project?

Every job is a challenge because every home and client is different.

Does your home reflect your professional style?

Not yet. It’s a work in progress. I have a little cottage which needs a lot of work. It’s all on the drawing board, but it will be a few years before it becomes a reality.

What’s next for your business?

Having championed UK design and supported new designers for many years I got to thinking I could do more. As a result I set up Select a Maker Ltd in 2015 and it will become an essential resource for interior designers and the general public.

My aim is to help develop the market for bespoke items in interiors and gardens by promoting the work of designers and makers. By making it easy to find, for example, a furniture maker or a maker of architectural glass I hope to encourage more people to explore this route when they want something very personal, special and unique for their home.

Select a Maker is on-line directory that is free to use and it’s going to make a big difference to the way we source one-off, made to measure and bespoke items for the home and garden.

Which designers do you currently have your eye on?

I love the work of Kit Kemp – her style is very close to my heart. And Nicholas Haslam has been a great inspiration to me – he has such wonderful taste especially when it comes to period property. I’ve met both of them which is really nice.

While studying for my Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration one of my idols was Jaime Hayon; I had the great pleasure to meet him recently as well. So, in answer to your question, I’ve literally had my eyes on them!

If someone reading this was about to begin their own home redesign project, what would be your best advice to them?

If you are going to engage an interior designer you can expect to receive a personal and confidential service. The size of budget shouldn’t matter as long as it’s clear what it is; in my view you can achieve a unique and beautiful home whatever the budget.

Before you spend any money at all discuss your ideas with an interior designer. A couple of hours consultancy can make all the difference in helping you achieve the best possible solutions within your budget.

You can get in touch with Yasmin on either Yasmin Chopin Interior Design or Select A Maker.

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