In Conversation with Leanne Rudman - Portabella

Portabella is a Cardiff based property company made up of a team of experienced, creative people who love what they do. 

What inspired you to be an interior designer?

I have always been a creative thinker and loved art and design from a young age. After studying Interior Architecture at degree level I realised that I also wanted to incorporate the creative side of interior design in my work. This led me to gain a diploma in interior design that I could use alongside my original skill set. 

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

It would probably be a Farrow and Ball colour card. I don't think there's a working day where I don't have one to hand, a great source for choosing the correct colour for a scheme. With such a gorgeous range of colours on offer it's a great starting point when considering an interior design scheme. 

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

I am always keeping up to date with the world of interiors, from online blogs, magazines, Pinterest and Instagram. I also look for courses that I can undertake to broaden my knowledge, I recently spent the day at the Abigail Ahern masterclass course, a great way of interacting with other designers in the field. 

What would be your dream interior project?

My dream interior project would be a listed renovation of a former Church. With so many beautiful features in the building itself, from stained glass windows to vaulted ceilings, it would be utilising these original features to create a space that could be used today. 

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

At Portabella we strive to create luxurious interiors that have a strong emphasis on details and fittings. We create interiors that the user can enjoy and have a sense of pride in, homes that have both style and substance. 

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

To be persistent, it may take voluntary roles and roles that aren't exactly where you want to be but everything pays off, it's all a learning curve that will help you get to where you want to be. 



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