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Marianne Hattingh on Design Philosophy, Trends, and the World of Interior Design.

We are thrilled to present an exclusive interview with Marianne Hattingh, an accomplished interior designer with 28 years of experience in the industry. In this interview, Marianne shares her invaluable insights into the world of interior design, discussing her design philosophies and the latest design trends. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to chat to her, and we hope that her shared insights will inspire and inform you as much as they have inspired us.

Watch the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWJOwU0CUmU

Our key take-aways from this interview:

  1. Interior Design is about putting each client’s individual stamp on the final product. As much as interior designers are there to assist and guide, the most important aspect Marianne mentioned as that the design be a true reflection of each client’s unique taste and personality.
  2. The easiest way to stay relevant and have a space you consistently love – even over years – is to have a colour palette that speaks to you as the base for everything else. Once you’ve painted your walls in your favourite colours, it’s easy to add furnishings and décor that update the look to the latest trends, if you so wish.
  3. As an interior designer, working with suppliers who are reliable, on time, and responsible with managing client monies, is a must. Being able to put your complete faith in a supplier is of the utmost importance to keep everyone happy and keep the project moving on schedule.
  4. Lifestyle Ceramics is especially helpful with their 3D design service they offer, which helps clients visualize the final result with a 3D render of their space using products that Lifestyle Ceramics stocks.
  5. There is a fine line to walk with regards to smart furnishings, especially in spaces like a bathroom. Although smart devices are helpful and impressive, balance between new devices and classic design elements will help your space feel relevant for longer.
  6. Having an interior designer on board for your home renovations is helpful because they can advise where you could save and splurge in order to make the biggest impact within your budget and needs. Sometimes a feature wall in the right place is all you need to make your space pop.

It was an absolute pleasure to chat to Marianne and we can’t wait to chat to her again soon. Follow her on Instagram @mariannehattingh100

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