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 one of her clients.
Here, Gail shares why less is more when it comes to quality design schemes and why she champions pieces with a history and authenticity…
Where do you find your design inspiration?
Just about everywhere. Travelling and being out and about – art galleries, restaurants and hotels. On a daily basis, Instagram is great for providing inspiration and I’m a big fan of Pinterest.
What would be your top interior design tip?
Live with what you love. If there are things in your home that you don’t like, give them away or sell them. It’s better to have an empty space than negative vibes!
What do you think is the next big interiors trend and why?
I do believe that less is more – certainly quality over quantity.
‘Luxury’ is a buzz work at the moment but this doesn’t just mean sumptuous velvets and exquisite cashmere. It can mean crafted, artisan pieces and bespoke items that have story and authenticity. In all aspects of retail, consumers are beginning to question the where and how of a products origin. Globalisation is a word barely out of the news following current events and there is an awakening that, as individuals, our purchasing power has far reaching consequences .
What does home mean to you?
A Sanctuary. A place to rest, take stock and a place to make plans.
What is your most treasured vintage piece?
Whilst working on the design of an advertising agency many years ago, the client was all set to skip 7 Eames aluminium group chairs. Unfortunately I only had a tiny flat at the time so I only had space for one but my colleague was the proud recipient of the remaining 6! It still makes me smile to this day and we couldn’t believe our luck!
Where is your happy place in the home?
Wherever my family is gathered, kitchen, dining room table or in front of the TV in the living room.
A perfect Sunday is….
A slow, relaxed morning, friends popping in and out and a well stocked fridge.
If you could have any piece from our website, what would it be and why? Where would it be placed?
It would be the grey Kurt Ostervig lounge chair and footstool. I’m not thinking of current projects here but the day room of my own home. I admire the clean lines and upholstery choice, and it looks so comfortable!
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