We are very pleased and excited to introduce Celia Sawyer, Interior Designer and the founder of Celia Sawyer Interior Architecture and Design in London.
Wyldecrest Parks have teamed up with Celia Sawyer to offer a unique – first of its kind Home Makeover for one of our lovely residents – a makeover worth £7,500 for their park home.
All our residents are eligible to take place in this competition. Entry will take less than 5 minutes to complete, so make sure you register your entry today!
Please complete the Competition Form below to register your free entry. Please remember to attach pictures of your rooms as this will help Celia make a decision and select the lucky winner.
All entries will be evaluated & judged by Wyldecrest Parks & Celia and the lucky winner will be contacted by us to arrange and schedule their makeover.
The deadline for competition entry is 15th October 2019.
Q. Do you have a signature look?
My signature look is glamorous, cool, sophisticated and stylish
Q. What inspires you?
My inspiration is nature, whether it be looking at the way tall grasses blow and the change of texture when it does, which makes me imagine a beautiful silk rug or the way the light falls over the sea, how the contrast and colours change, and I bring that in to my interior design creating lighting that replicates what is naturally out there.
Q. What elements define your style?
Mixing texture, and adding a star piece. So for instance, I love having a great mix of velvets, satins, crystal, onyx, chrome, whatever it may be, but the mix is incredibly important. If I was to choose to use similar textures throughout, it is creating a boring interior, however by mixing them up, perhaps a glass tabletop with an onyx box sitting on top, or mother of pearl dishes, suddenly it creates a palate of interest.
Q. What do you find most challenging about designing a home?
The people who own them! I love designing for people but you can find that some couples never agree, which makes it very tricky, or in fact, they underestimate the importance of what you do. The interior designing of a home is incredibly important. It is about how the couple live, the flow, what makes them feel good, functionality and aesthetics which are both equally important.
Q. What is the strangest request you have got?
OOh one which I managed to talk someone out of. It was a home bar area, they wanted leopard print wallpaper on the walls and a mirrored column (I hasten to add not a pole!) in the centre. The house, in essence, was actually very sophisticated and this room was not in the cellar, or out of the way, so it was a bit of an eyesore in my mind. I managed to convince them that it would ruin the aesthetics of the rest of the house unless if they really wanted it, we managed to make the room on a floor lower down so that it wasn’t in the main area. I have also been asked to design a dungeon for a female client… let’s just say I found it opened my eyes somewhat!
Q. What aspect of interior designing do you like most?
I like it when the clients come back and tell you they love what you have created for them. I have some clients who contact me every year and say ‘we still love what you created for us’ years later, which is lovely.
Q. Which has been your favourite project so far?
I love them all, it doesn’t matter if they have big budgets or small, they are all fun, aviation, restaurants, large residences, or smaller apartments, all great to design.
Q. If someone wants to start a makeover for their home, what would you recommend as the first step?
Don’t go too drastic. if you like red, get accessories first, so that you don’t have to repaper that wall you made your focal point.
Make sure you think about longevity if you are spending a lot, things date and then end up costing you money to change so really think about trying a few small things first especially if it is in your colour scheme and then go for it!
Q. What is your favourite accessory?
A faux fur throw. Although I have tons of favourites, I love my hurricane lamps, art, cushions, but the throws I cannot live without.
Q. What is your favourite colour scheme?
Very dark! I love a bit of drama. I have worked on many different feels, some with light and airy, some with mid-range colour, or just accent colours, but my absolute favourite is the drama of dark marbles and furniture! It is slightly masculine, but I do have that side of me so I run with it.
Celia’s company has been discreetly providing both private and commercial clients with bespoke groundbreaking luxury interiors for over 20 years.
Celia has worked on an array of assignments, such as private aviation, yachts, luxury homes and commercial projects and her clients range from Royalty, (she recently designed a house for the Saudi Arabian Royal family), through to celebrities, sporting individuals and High Net worth executives. In 2017 Celia worked for the Royal Navy where she designed the warrant officer’s mess on HMS Queen Elizabeth.
This year will be Celia’s 6th year on National Primetime television, on Channel 4’s Four Rooms (also shown on Netflix USA), Celia was chosen to host her own design show for BBC1 which has also aired in Australia, Europe and New Zealand.
In 2014 Celia won the Inspiration Awards for Women and has also been voted in the top 100 Most influential Business Entrepreneurs in the UK and the top 250 Women leaders of the World. In 2018 Celia was listed as one of the top 10 Interior Designers in the World. She is also an official judge for the International Property Awards, and the International Hotel Awards and is a member of the Society of British and International Interior Design.
On a more personal note, and being a mother of 2 children, Celia takes time mentoring school children to encourage them to rise to the challenge of life, and is regularly asked to speak at schools across the UK. She is also involved with many charities, is a Patron for The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, Women’s Refuge, a board advisor for Football for Peace, and an Ambassador for the British Heart Foundation, where she was also on the committee for fundraising. She is an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust (where she has mentored some of the young people) and the Chain Of Hope. Celia was recently awarded Global Goodwill Ambassador for Humanitarian services.
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