In Conversation with Ellen Wainwright Lee from Golden Design

What inspired you to be an interior designer?

I originally trained as a fine artist but decided to re-train in architectural interior design after becoming involved with the refurbishment of the Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch which I was living in at the time. I was having meetings with the architects to discuss the internal alterations, fittings and finishes and one day I had a lightbulb moment of realisation that this was what I wanted to do with my life!

If they were to make a toy action figure of you, what would your accessory be?

A tape measure - I take mine everywhere 

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life within the design world has taken?

I'd say about 50/50 - some achievements have been the result of intense focus and planning (such as expanding the business and taking on my first employee) and some have been the result of remaining open to opportunities and keeping an open mind!

What would be your dream interior project?

We would love to restore an English country house one day. That said, for now, we are pretty much living the dream working on awesome London properties - the architecture here is so rich and varied.

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

We pride ourselves on building fantastic working relationships with our clients. We're still great friends with some of them even years after projects have ended!

If you could go back in time and speak to your adolescent self, what advice would you give them about the design world?

You'll have to start at the bottom, but hang in there - it will be worth it. And be prepared to learn a hundred new things a day!

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