Five minutes with... Sharon Curran

 
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Sharon Curran is an interior designer & the founder of Leicester based Curran Interior Design. She is also the founder of Curran Blinds, which creates affordable made-to-measure blinds & curtains. She grew up and lives in Leicester with her family.

How did you get into interior design?

I’d always been interested in design and photography when I was younger, so after having my children I got my degree in Interior Design from De Montfort University. It was hard work as my children were small, but I absolutely loved it. After graduating I went to work for retail design agencies and worked on projects for John Lewis, Harrods and Selfridges. 

How & why did you start Curran Interior Design?

As a project manager I really missed having that creative outlet, so alongside my job, I started doing bits on the side for friends and family who needed help with their homes. I approached my boss and was really honest about how I wanted to start my own business and amazingly, he offered me a freelance position 2 days a week, giving me the other 3 to start setting up Curran Interior Design. I worked from a studio for about a year, setting up my website and growing my brand, but then the opportunity of a shop came up on Francis Street in Leicester. I loved having the shop and learnt so much, but unfortunately it wasn’t financially viable to keep it alongside the design studio. 

What services do you offer?

I offer two services, My Design Box and Interior Architecture. All consultations are free, and this is where i’ll go out and chat with the client about budget, style, likes & dislikes, whilst measuring up their space. My Design Box is a room makeover package and is the most popular at £295. I’ll create a room layout with 3D views, an animation of how the room could look, paint and material samples, and a shopping list of products. This comes in a lovely presentation box which enables you to see the look and the costs of your new room before you start work. 

Interior Architecture offers something similar but suits more structural work, ideal for extensions and renovations and is costed on a project by project basis. I can join a project at any point and either source or work with an architect or builder to ensure your home works for you and that your build project comes in on time and in budget.

What is your favourite room to design? 

I really enjoy designing bedrooms as they can be much more indulgent than the rest of the home. Bedrooms are private and reflect personality. 

Who is a typical client? 

They are usually busy, working couples or families with normal homes, who want inspiration and something that isn’t taken straight from a catalogue page. Most people think interior designers are only for people with lots of money or huge houses, but I can work with any budget and space to create an interior that fits your needs!  

What do you enjoy most about your job?

When someone tells me i’ve made a difference to how they feel in their home. Really, it isn’t about how your home looks or what others think, it’s about how it makes you feel everyday and reflecting your personality. 

Where do you get inspiration from? 

Instagram and Pinterest are great because they are so up to date. I also love looking at magazine and art galleries when I have chance. Bars and restaurants are often a brilliant source of inspiration for kitchens.

What are your plans for the next 12 months?

I’m going to focus on growth of my studio profile with new designs for more busy homeowners and working with more small businesses and commercial clients. I’d also love to collaborate more with local creatives, artists and producers. 

Curran Interior Design is a stockist for Rebel Walls wallpaper and Osborne & Little wallpaper. To see Sharon’s work or to get in touch visit www.curraninteriordesign.co.uk or for blinds and curtains take a look at curranblinds.co.uk . To see Sharon’s home and for further inspiration follow @curraninteriordesign on Instagram.

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