James (the client) posted his project to Design for Me looking for someone to help with the interior design for a bachelor pad. After registering his project with just a few details, we matched him with the best candidates and he received interest from a number of interior designers.


James’ project description


Interior re-design from scratch


I own a 3/4 bedroom, 2 bathroom place in Islington and looking at redesigning pretty much the entire place. Hasn’t had any work done on it so it’s looking run down and I want to start from scratch.

Islington, LONDON



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Through Design for Me, James narrowed down his search and ultimately found the perfect fit for his project in interior designer Rachel.



Rachel – Interior designer 

We are a London & Surrey based interior and architecture design studio specialising in private luxurious residential projects, tailored to the individual client, environment and budget. I have more than 12 years’ experience in the high-end residential sector in the UK but also Paris, Verbier, Miami and Oman.

In my most recent role I was the Design Manager, leading the team on numerous projects with budgets ranging from £10k to £1M (FF&E) – ensuring that every project is detail-driven and seamlessly designed through a highly personalised bespoke service.



Rachel on the brief

This project involved a full refurbishment of a three-bedroom apartment located in Islington, along the canal on the edge of Shoreditch. The client has specified that the third bedroom needs to function as a study, as they work from home one day a week. Additionally, the design brief calls for the dining room and kitchen living areas to be opened up to create an open plan layout. The overall aesthetic direction for the design is to create a ‘bachelor pad’, with masculine materials and shapes being selected to achieve this look.


Rachel on the design

We were tasked with creating a bold and impactful design for a residential project, which involved a colour palette of navy and mustard in the living and kitchen area, deep green in the study, muted tones in the guest room, and Tuscan red 140 from Farrow and Ball in the master bedroom. The joinery in the master ensuite was also painted in Tuscan red to create a cohesive look throughout the space.

The project required a significant amount of building work, including the strip out of two bathrooms and the kitchen, as well as the installation of new timber flooring in the living spaces and carpet in the bedrooms. We appointed a contractor on behalf of the client after tendering to three potential candidates.

To ensure that the building work was in line with the design, we conducted monthly site monitoring visits.

The joinery in the project was designed bespoke by the supplier for all bathrooms, the kitchen, the entrance corridor, and the guest bedroom. Additionally, we specified all new doors, architrave, and ironmongery to achieve a cohesive look throughout the space.

Work started on site beginning of September 2022, and handover over before Christmas with final snagging works done in January.

Photos below by Matt Gamble


Client’s review – a happy client!

James: Rachel designed and acted as PM on my recent flat decoration (a complete gutting and redesign). She was easy to work with and gives clear and regular updates. Her designs were excellent and was keen to help personalise the project. On the PM side her efficiency meant I could focus on my day job and not be worried about the project. Have recommended her to a few people already.





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