Kiran was born and brought up in Norway. She moved to London in 2008 with her now 10 year old tween. She is an Interior Designer by profession, loves cooking, travelling and movies. But above all: she loves interior design and creating beautiful and personal homes. She recently won the Creative & Design Award at the Asian Professional Awards 2014.
Tell us a bit more about your business.
My main business is my Interior Design Business: www.kiransingh.london. Here I offer various interior design services to the residential and hospitality market. My second business is My Unique Home: www.myuniquehome.co.uk where you can get inspired and gain knowledge on how to make your dream home a reality. I have a huge range of home decorating ideas to get you inspired and with our tips and tricks, you’ll discover how to decorate small spaces, how to arrange furniture, and how to use decorating accessories. Exercise your DIY decorating skills with our fun decorating projects. Decorating on a budget has never been easier with our savvy ideas that cost less. These cheap decorating ideas will transform your home without breaking the bank.
What inspired you to become an interior designer?
My father had (and still has!) great taste. He used redecorate our family home every year. I still remember him coming home with these huge wallpaper and fabric sample books and I used to spend hours flickering through the pages, feeling the texture of the various fabrics, smelling the paint, matching them against our furniture.
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
There are a few actually! I won an award for the best Interior Stylist in Norway in 2004. I was Interior Design Expert at The National Home Building and Renovating Show in Birmingham March 2013, The Northern Home Show in Manchester 2013 and Southern Home Show in London 2014. I was nominated for Amara Interior Blog Awards and met my Design Icon, Tricia Guild from Designers Guild in September 2014. The latest news which isn’t announced yet; I have been confirmed as the Interior Design Expert at The Southern Home Show in Jan/Feb 2015.
Which designers and styles inspire you?
Tricia Guild from Designers Guild is my favourite. She travels the world and creates her collection from inspiration all over – mainly India. The way she mixes colours of patterns is just amazing.
What have been some of your biggest challenges to overcome?
I would say to get clients. As I am from Norway (no matter how well I did there), no one knew me or my work here. So finding the clients, gain their trust and so on took a while, but like I mentioned earlier – it’s all a learning curve. I learnt what would work for me and my ethos and what wouldn’t. Because I was new, people took advantage of my work and skills in the sense of ‘If you do one project for us for half the rate, we will give you more work’ which I realised with time was just waste of my time and energy.
For many creative people, it is notoriously difficult jobs-wise and many of us lose heart in what we do. What keeps you going?
My passion and love for creating beautiful homes and interiors. Everyone deserves a home that reflects their personality, which is honestly speaking their sanctuary – where they can be themselves and live their life as they want.
What is your favourite piece of furniture/home accessory in your house?
I love everything in my house, each piece tells a story, but my most favourite has to be my vintage writing bureau from the 1920’s and my grandmother’s manji (Indian bed) which is from the time my mother was a baby. In fact I am thinking of turning that manji into a shabby chic coffee table.
What has been the best bit of advice ever given to you?
My Dad’s advice; never give up in life, keep going. Yes, there will be endless of ups and downs, but it’s all a learning curve. Each and every step leads you to the next, and every person in your life leads you to the next as well… look how far you have come, not how far you have to go… you are not who you were… you are who you’ve become. Stay positive, stay determined, and you will keep being a better version of you.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take?
A blanket, an Interior Design book and a journal (with a pen).
What advice would you to give to those who are thinking of starting up their own business?
Never doubt yourself. You know this is something you are passionate about, just do it. Stay focused. Make realistic goals. Plan you day every day, make a timetable, create a dream board with pictures, quotes, your goals, your inspiration etc. and put it up where you can see it again and again day in day out – this will give you the energy and motivation to do whatever you want to do, but don’t forget to live and enjoy your life NOW alongside starting up your business – enjoy the process, enjoy the journey and one last thing; never give up!