I have always been interested in design, studying art at school and going on to take art and history of art at A level. I studied textile design at college in Eastbourne and having graduated I started work for a local fabric design company.
My first move in to kitchen design was working for a local company that designed handmade furniture for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. This was before any computer generated design systems so I worked at a drawing board using a scale ruler and set square! With this job I started to get involved with the project management of each kitchen, and learnt about the processes of installing a kitchen. This meant planning the fit with plumbers, electricians, tillers and decorators.
During this time I married Guy and we had two children Phoebe and Lauren.
I moved on from here to work for a very top end design company based in Surrey, each kitchen designed was a one off, I worked on some very interesting and large projects and my knowledge of materials such as the timber for the cabinets and the stone work surfaces increased. I managed one of the showrooms for a couple of years but with the children being at a certain age I decided to take a more local position.