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April Russell

7th August 2014

Creating utterly unique interiors, April Russell has gained a stellar reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. She has the ability to capture each client’s individual vision.

CAN YOU TELL US WHERE YOUR LOVE FOR INTERIORS COMES FROM?

I have always been interested in interior design, ever since I was a little girl, when I would redesign my doll houses, creating little pieces of furniture, and redecorating each room to match a certain style. My mother and father were very stylish, and I believe my love for design stemmed from there, as it did for my sister, who also has a keen interest in the field – my father was a beautiful designer, alongside his work in Manhattan, and was my first inspiration. As I grew older my passion for interiors, and for art in interiors, grew with me. I was educated at Inchbald and Sotheby’s, and have worked in design since - doing up properties privately in London, working for others and, eventually, setting up April Russell: The Art of Interiors.

HOW DO YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH YOUR CLIENTS?

I take a personal approach to each and every client, getting to know them on a meaningful level in order to create their perfect home. I start with the individual, rather than the interior – taking the time to build a relationship, and a home, based on trust, and a shared vision.

How important is art to the interiors you create?

I believe art to be one of the most important aspects when designing an interior. It is important that your home reflects your personality, and hanging a much loved painting, or placing an unusual sculpture, is a wonderful way to show who you are. The correct artwork can help create an atmosphere that you love, transforming a space into a home.

How would you describe your style?

Elegant, bespoke, and always in tune with the pattern of my client’s life.

Have you a favourite project?

I have been lucky enough to work on a variety of wonderful projects, so this is a difficult question to answer! However, I would have to cite the one-bed Pied A Terre in Chelsea as a personal favourite. My client was a seeking an environment where a professional couple could live, work and entertain, and came to me with a three-bedroom apartment in need of a total transformation. I was able to oversee the entire process involved in the apartment becoming a spacious one-bedroom, working closely with the architect, structural engineer and builder in order to open up previously hidden spaces, create new areas, and design something truly beautiful. With the interiors tastes of the client combined with my own expertise, and a vast range of eclectic artwork expertly hung throughout, the result was a home filled with light, personality, and love.

 

 

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