I’m an interior designer living in South London.
I’m not really a fan of the signature look – I’m just not the sort of designer to impose their own look on clients. I’d much rather design a scheme in collaboration with clients, responding to the place and to the person. You end up with a much more powerful result. But it doesn’t mean I don’t follow trends, please click here to read my interiors predictions for 2018.
But there is one thing I try to achieve in all my schemes – and that’s what I call low key luxe. It’s the idea that everything is very comfortable and balanced but has special or luxe elements – that can be a treasured piece of furniture or perhaps even that the space has been designed exactly for your needs.
If you want to find out more about what I do please read an interview with me here: Vinterior
I’d love to help with your project.
I take on both residential and commercial projects, of all sizes. I’m happy to advise on anything from the colour of your living room walls right up to a full house refurbishment or office move. To give you some examples: I’m currently working on a kitchen extension in Herne Hill and a full house refurbishment in Crystal Palace and I’ve just finished an office revamp in Chancery Lane. I normally have a number of smaller projects on the go too. I can do everything from suggest a wall colour to finding someone to do the work for you.
You shouldn’t ever feel that your project is too small or at too late a stage to benefit from some design assistance – I’m always happy to get stuck in! I sometimes lend out my house of product design or other interiors shoots.
I write a Designer’s Diary, a micro blog, demystifying the design process and giving lists of tips and tricks along the way. Read on my Designer’s Diary or follow me on Facebook, instagram, or twitter @stealthdesignuk.
Good service is very important to me. So I’ve very proud to have been recognised for my service by Houzz, the interiors website, with the award of a Best in Houzz for service in both 2017 and 2018.
Best in Houzz for Service 2017 and Best in Houzz for Service 2018.
My charging structure is very transparent. I normally charge a design fee and, if I am able to negotiate trade discounts (these are mostly 20-40%, depending on the brand or range) on tiles / furniture / fabrics etc, I split the discounts with my clients. For a list of the trade accounts I currently hold, please click here. If you don’t see the retailer you are interested on the list – please do contact me anyway as many of the retailers are connected and / or offer discounts without a formal account being set up. Or, ahem, the list may not be up to date.
I currently charge £50 per hour for the design fee. As usual at the beginning of the calendar year I have reviewed my rates. I have decided not to increase them at the moment. However, I will review them again in 6 months, at the end of June 2018.
I’m a very small business, I don’t charge VAT so there’s no VAT to add on to those rates. I record my time on an app (I used to be a lawyer so I’m used to time recording) and charge in 6 minute units. I bill all my clients at the end of each month.
For new clients I often recommend a two hour initial consultation. I can come round, talk to you about what you want to achieve and in that time I can often give you quite a bit of help and make suggestions on how to take things forward. The fee for this service is a £100 fixed fee (based on my hourly rate).
“In case anyone is looking for interior designer, I’d wholly recommend Zoe Murphy of Stealth Design. When I didn’t know what to do she had brilliant ideas and was happy to guide me through it. She taught us tips and tricks to get the best out of the space and in addition to helping with the layout she was great at suggesting ideas that I’d would have never thought of. She just made everything work and sent me the most fantastic links, guided me when I wasn’t sure what would work and was always careful that we get what we wanted.”
IRIS MAOR, HERNE HILL
“Watch out Farringdon, Sundog Pictures are in our new digs ! Such an exciting moment for us. Thanks to Zoe from stealth design, our vision for our new offices has been realised and a new era of Sundog has arrived.”
SAM BRANSON, SUNDOG PICTURES