“We had a pretty good idea of what we wanted in terms of overall look and feel for our house but struggled with the implementation. The most important thing for us was to have a continuous theme throughout the house that was clean, modern and functional. The best parts of working with Louise was that she kept us focused and also moved us out of our comfort zone considering ideas we never would have thought of, in particular, being more bold with colour. Louise was a pleasure to work with and we could clearly see that she was passionate about helping us to convert our ideas to reality. From start to finish we got exactly what we wanted and love the finished product. On completion it simply looks better with professional advice!”
Mr & Mrs Wagenhofer, Sevenoaks
“Louise has the very rare talent of being both a great designer and a great project manager. Her inspiring designs are also well considered in terms of the buildability and coordination of services. How refreshing!”
Homeowner, Tunbridge Wells
“We initially appointed Louise to replan our ground floor areas and help narrow down our search for products, finishes and lighting and deliver a design scheme for the house. Both working full-time with three children we literally didn’t have the time to trawl through hundreds of suppliers for lighting, tiling, paint, ironmongery, radiators etc in order to bring our vision to life. We enjoyed looking at Pinterest and flicking through magazines, but committing time to physically visit showrooms and shops and order samples was very tricky.
We were able to have one meeting with Louise and dump all of our ideas and visions for the spaces we wanted and she somehow just got it. Louise then proposed a limited selection of finishes and fixtures along with prices and where to buy them. It was the perfect shopping list. For the cost of Louise’s fee for a few days saved us months of agonising and trying to carve time out of our hectic lives. We were finally getting somewhere!
Having gained this momentum we then asked Louise to find us a builder to price for the new ground floor space and redecoration work. She got us three prices from separate building contractors and met them with us. It was starting to become real now and for the first time achievable as we had proposed start dates. Louise also put us in touch with a structural engineer and addressed the building control process which took the mystery and fear out of the process for us.
Naively we thought we were now in a position to manage the build on our own along with the builder wanting to save money for finishes and furniture, artwork and still have a summer holiday abroad! Needless to say, the project ran in to delays. We changed our minds and didn’t always make decisions quickly. The builder became a little frustrated, we forgot to order some flooring so missed the delivery date. Things started to slip.
Thankfully Louise had stayed in email contact and we reappointed her to rescue the project (and us) and she got it all up and running again. She re-energised the build, smoothed over disagreements between us and the building team and used her expertise in steering the project to completion.
This was a huge learning curve for us and we now appreciate why project design managers exist. Having a qualified Interior Designer on board to cut down on the excessive amount of choice and steer us in the aesthetic direction we wanted saved us months of deliberation. Then having her to coordinate the process and oversee the build and keep it on track was crucial. We can now enjoy our busy lives in our renovated completed beautiful home. Thank you Louise. We literally couldn’t have done it without you!”
The D Family, Kent
“We initially employed Louise (Recreate Interiors) to design an ultra modern new house on which she did a very professional job. We then decided instead to buy and restore a 1920’s house and Louise managed to exceed our expectations despite the complete change in brief. Subsequently we employed her to project manage the procurement and delivery which was done with professionalism, enthusiasm and delivered on time. Louise is a pleasure to deal with.”
“Louise has a great talent in being able to work with larger than life demanding clients. She has a visionary eye for detail, and is simply a joy to work with.”
G Vaus, Company Director, London
“I’d been living in my house for twelve years during which time it had been extended, refurbished and redecorated several times but never looked ‘right’, even with the involvement of three previous interior decorators. Part of the problem was me – I am extremely ‘unvisual’ and therefore unable to explain properly what it is that I like although, of course, I know it when I see it! The net effect of this was that the house was a mish-mash of styles and colours ranging from inoffensive at best to bizarre at worst. Louise changed all that.
One of her great strengths is that she is an interior designer rather than just decorator. She has an awareness of space and scale and is able not only see how a space might be used but also, crucially in my case, is able to explain how different spaces work together. The result of this is that I now have a house in which rooms form part of a cohesive whole without ever feeling samey.
Another problem I frequently encountered in previous refurbs is that of choosing fabrics and finishes; it took me seven years to choose fabric for my bedroom curtains and when they were made up I hated them. I was dreading having to choose fabrics and had prepared myself for months of decision-making. In the end I choose the second fabric Louse picked out for my kitchen and the third for the master-bedroom. Louise had really listened to me and somehow had managed to work out exactly what it was I wanted, even when I had no idea what that was myself.
Louise has given me a home that I love. She offered a complete turn-key package. When I moved back into the house, everything was in place, down to the flowers in the vases, the towels in the bathrooms and the wooden spoons in the kitchen, all of which she chose. She also re-arranged my existing furnishings, paintings and accessories and reintroduced me to pieces I either didn’t know I had or which had been overlooked because I’d put them in the wrong places.
Throughout the entire process, Louise was calm, reassuring and the consummate professional. She assembled and oversaw a team of capable and highly professional sub-contractors, and made the job easy and completely stress-free for me. I now have a wonderful home and that’s all down to Louise. I can neither thank nor recommend her too highly.”
“Louise was professional, helpful and friendly to work with at helping us to restyle and choose the decorating schemes for our new home. We used to feel overwhelmed by the shear choice of colours, patterns and products available but Louise made it an easy, educational and enjoyable process. Wonderful!”
Mr & Mrs Whittle, Sevenoaks
“One of Louise’s key attributes is being able to quickly understand a clients’ core objectives which sets the right tone for the project from the start. Louise does this by skillfully drawing out of the client their exact brief and formalising the parameters for each scheme. Louise has an ability to balance her design flair and creativity with a practical programme and budget requirements. I would happily work with Louise again in the future.”
Business Development Manager, London
“Louise is diligent, hard working and committed designer who has great imagination and insight into what suits a clients’ needs best.”
Senior Project Manager, London
“The design exceeds senior management expectations and we have received many compliments from our clients. An excellent job!”
Company Leader, London
“Working with Louise was completely different to my experience with other interior designers I have worked with in the past. She was far more professional and her 15 years commercial experience shone through. I not only got professional design advice, but also handed over the responsibility for project delivery by appointing her to project manage the building works for a 5 month house refurbishment. So she not only came up with a stunning design scheme which has totally transformed the house, but also coordinated and managed all of the tradesmen, tracked the programme and cost plan, arranged furniture deliveries and little details which often get overlooked. For me this was a stress free, problem free project as I felt completely comfortable leaving Louise in charge. I certainly hope to use her services again in the future and have no hesitation in recommending her. Very value added!”
Ian Solley, Property Developer
“I would like to recommend the interior design services of Louise Putman. It was a delight to work with her, and she immediately understood what we were looking for and delivered a stunning design on the first go.”
P Odom, Company Director, London
“I found Louise to be extremely good at narrowing down my choices to the one that suited me and my house best. She communicates her ideas clearly and i always felt fully in control of the service. Extremely well organised, Louise is a good decision maker and planner. Her sunny personality means she is well respected, connected and known to the industry. I am now really pleased with the result and wouldn’t hesitate to use her services in the future or recommend her to my friends.”
K Fugle, Homeowner, Wood Green
“Louise was able to help me turn my vision of a new kitchen extension into a reality. She was dedicated to the job, was fun to work with and was able to motivate the building team and really inject some life and personality into the project. She has an excellent eye for detail and delivered the project within a very tight budget and timeframe. I would have no hesitation in recommending her or using her services again in the future.”
“I feel re-inspired. You have made me fall in love with my home again.”
C Wright, Homeowner, Dulwich
“A highly creative Interior Designer who’s organisational and project management skills are second to none. Louise is comfortable working on a variety of project types, from high end residential and hotel schemes through to cutting edge office environments. She has a detailed knowledge of materials and finishes and a good knowledge of products and furniture. Louise is a fully qualified Interior Designer with many years experience working as a team player on Commercial Interior Design projects which she has led, designed and completed to her own exacting standards.”
Company Director, London
“Louise came up with a layout for our bedroom that we would never have dreamt of. It really utilises the space and met our brief of providing more storage – and yet despite this the room appears larger. She worked extremely hard on our behalf and is a pleasure to deal with.”
Mr & Mrs Davis, Tunbridge Wells
“Working with Louise on her recent project has been very rewarding. Her fresh ideas and ability to steer the project to the end through various obstacles has resulted in the high quality finish the clients had been hoping for. Louise’s energy and passion for what she does goes well beyond any interior design/project manager role that I have ever witnessed and in many areas could only be described as providing a real ‘breath of fresh air’ to make every space in your property work to its maximum potential. I would certainly recommend her skills to anyone looking to find some inspirational interior design and I look forward to working together on projects in the future.”
S Briggs – Spectrum Decorating, Tunbridge Wells
“Very satisfied! I asked Louise to help me with the redesign of my apartment and the results are beyond my expectation. The apartment really reflects what I wanted to achieve and Louise was very skilful not only in the technical aspects but also psychological! She was able to take me out of my comfort zone and experiment with new ideas that really worked when put into practice (a six foot Union Flag? really…?). All in all, a great experience working with Louise who I unreservedly recommend.”
C Eden, Roma
“Having bought a new-build house and encountered numerous problems with both build and design we wanted to completely redesign our ground floor but were at a loss as to how best to tackle such a daunting project. Louise has been brilliant in helping us plan, design and realise our ideas, so much so that we are now in process of redesigning other rooms with her help too.
I would recommend Louise’s services to anyone looking for an experienced interior designer and project manager. We would not have been able to co-ordinate builders, plumbers, decorators and electricians on site without Louise’s expert help and organisational skills and this has made the whole project a lot less stressful.
It is now finally a pleasure to spend time at home and we thank Louise and her team for all their help and hard work. We finally have a home, not just a house!”
Mr & Mrs McKie, Mayfield
“Louise could project manage in a coma! Super woman.”