The Layer Blog

As a visionary and proud founder of Gail Race Interiors, Gail’s passion for timeless, luxury spaces is infectious. ‘Live with what you love’ she tells us. And it’s clear to see that Gail is unapologetically in love with design – whether that’s creating a sanctuary in her own personal home or a bespoke space for […] Read More

With a background in luxury retail at the likes of Harvey Nichols, Nicole Farhi, Jasper Conran and Donna Karan, João Botelho’s first love was fashion and retail. But during an extensive property renovation of his four-storey townhouse in East London, João discovered a passion for home design and interiors that has since blossomed into a full-flung love […] Read More

Having trained at the prestigious KLC School of Design, Emile Azan founded the multi disciplinary studio Chameleon Designs in 2005 and it has grown from strength to strength ever since. With a passion for realising timeless interiors, Emile shares how his holistic approach personalises each project to the needs of the client: “We always work […] Read More

Having started his career as a designer in his early twenties, Henry Prideaux honed his skills at some of the most reputable names in the industry (think Nicky Haslam of NH Design and The Studio at Harrods) before setting up his own eponymous studio in 2014. As someone who believes that ‘a well considered interior should make […] Read More

Fun and filled with personality is how we’d describe the spaces designed by London-based studio, Frank & Faber. With a host of residential and commercial projects under their belt – including most recently the Flagship Bodyism Members Gym in Notting Hill, the Clean & Lean Cafe chain and the Aer Blowdry Bar – the founder, Sarah […] Read More

American born and bred, Cassidy Hughes chose London as the place to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in interior design and to found her eponymous design studio, Cassidy Hughes Design and she hasn’t looked back since. With her mother’s eccentric decorating style and her father’s woodworking studio as the backdrop to her childhood, design has been in […] Read More

‘Focus on weaving your character into the décor,’ says Abigail Wright of Vivere Design, and we love this ethos.   Abigail herself subscribes to a deluxe bohemian style – using both contemporary and heritage designs to honour original architecture and inject modern playfulness. This layering (excuse the pun), creates warm and character-filled spaces which lend […] Read More

Growing up against the backdrop of the Sudety Mountains on the border of Poland and the Czech Republic, Ania Choroszczynska has an inherent affinity for the natural world and the freedom of space. This focus on the environment plays out in her designs – with reworked, organic materials playing a large part in the minimalistic schemes she favours in […] Read More

Beata Heuman believes that every room should sing. And when you see her designs, you’ll want to break out into song too. Chic, elegant and fun simultaneously, Beata Heuman has designed spaces with character in London and Stockholm. Her approach is to gather influences and experiences from likely and unlikely sources as well as looking […] Read More

Given that her design ethos encompasses ‘Scandi meets French meets Miami beach house’, it’s no surprise really that Ruth Turner-Jones creates beautiful, sought-after spaces. Fresh, white and full of light, her own home is an elegant reflection of her design style, with a calming, neutral base punctuated by flashes of undeniably feminine touches. We’re lucky enough […] Read More

“Don’t be afraid to mix different periods and styles. Sometimes the most interesting rooms come from strange juxtapositions.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. Debra McQuin founded the McQuin Partnership design agency after a career as a high-level advertising executive working with the likes of Kraft, Mars and Gillette. Her skill for crafting a story within […] Read More

Talented designer, driven Director of Studiofibre and passionate storyteller – Fiona Livingston is a triple threat. ‘In our digital age, we are storytellers and we are increasingly choosing to communicate visually’, Fiona tells us. With an impressive roster of clients including Net-A-Porter, notonthehighstreet.com and Anya Hindmarch, Studiofibre work with brands to create commercial spaces that […] Read More