Starting Design School

I’ve always had a passion for design, but it was very much pushed aside after a school teacher told me I should focus on the more academic subjects as I couldn’t draw. As a child, I used to be constantly rearranging my bedroom furniture, devouring interior design programmes on TV (hands up if you remember Changing Rooms!), and spending my pocket money on interior magazines rather than Teen Cosmo.

Of course, I did follow the academic path and landed at university to study Archaeology. It was a subject I was equally passionate about so I forgot about my creative aspirations. After uni I, like most of my peers, headed off to London for the very corporate graduate job. The next few years were taken up with the unending cycle of work-night out-hangover-work.

I did have one creative outlet though - the blog I had started in my second year of uni. It had largely been a sort of diary but somewhere around 2009 I started to take it more seriously. I found myself purposely seeking out creative projects so that I had something to share on my blog. I discovered sewing, paper crafts and photography. I started to teach myself little snippets of website design and coding so that I could tweak my blog. For the next two years, I spent less time getting drunk and instead my evenings and weekends became my sanctuary - I couldn’t wait to get home and open up my blog or get out my camera.

Soon, I was getting requests to help other bloggers with their design and so when I very dramatically quit my corporate job in 2011, my business was born.

It’s taken many turns since then and design work has been pushed to the bottom of the pile, but I miss having such a creative outlet.

And that’s a very long way of telling you that I’ve been accepted into design school to study Interior Design!

I have no idea where it will lead and to be honest, I have no intention of trying to figure that out. I simply wanted to do something creative that wasn’t something I needed to monetize. It’s an opportunity to learn and grow, and experiment without agenda. And I couldn’t be more excited.

I chose to apply to KLC School of Design as they have such a great reputation in the interior design industry and have a very comprehensive online course.

I’m sure I’ll be sharing my progress and projects here so stay tuned.