Interior designer Katharine Pooley, known for designing many prestigious homes and her international clientele, gets up close and personal with us.

Portrait of Tammy Strobel

1 What gets you out of bed in the mornings?

Normally, it would be my kids atsix in the morning!

2 What’s the best way to fall asleep?

I tend to work late, after everyone has gone to sleep. The only way I relax and wind down is to watch a video or a TV series. I usually sleep betweenmidnight and one.

3 Name your favourite pet.

Piglet my jack russell was, without a doubt, the most important thing in my life. Unfortunately, he passed away in January at the age of 19. He was my shadow and would follow me everywhere.

4 Which natural element are you drawn to?

Mountains - it’s the place where no one can find me and I enjoy taking the time to think and reflect. 

5 Describe your fondest memory as a child.

Christmas as a family, around a big fire and singing carols. We have a big family so this was very magical for me.

6 Name one cause you support and why.

The Elephant Trust. Elephants are the world’s greatest and gentlest giants and they desperately need our help right now!

7 Name one design style that you never want to see again.

The ’60s are not too hot in my opinion. Glad that it’s over.

8 Describe your personal design style.

My style varies according to my mood – much to my husband’s frustration! But for my houses, I enjoy a look that is comfortable and timeless. 

9 What would your last meal on earth be?

That would be a good English roast. 

10 What’s the last picture you took with your mobile device?

A photo taken of me and my boys walking along a beach - we didn’t know it was being taken, so it shows a relaxed personal touch which I love. 

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