Architects & Interior Designers

Architects & Interior Designers

Online Directory of recommended members of The Mums At Work Network who are Architects & Interior Designers including their contact details & social media links.

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Mrs Jacqueline Suzanne Hamilton

Interior Designer

Although Jacqueline is based in Seaforde Co. Down she works all over Northern Ireland.
She has lived abroad and in London, although it was always her and her husband’s dream to move back home and build their own dream home.
Jacqueline has a degree in Fine Art although she has always been an avid interior designer in all of the properties that she has lived in and she discovered that she had a real flair for it and started to do up properties to sell.…

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Shelley Hollywood

Managing Director

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Pearl Redesigns LTD

Interior design, hand-painted kitchens and furniture, and upcycling/painting workshops. We repurpose and reuse your preloved things creating new designs for years to come. We create beautiful happy homes. Get inspired by colour and design. Let us help you realise the dream of an amazing space that best suits your lifestyle and budget. We love to combine treasured vintage finds with new items designing and restyling your home.…

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Studio Park

Architecture : Interiors : Conservation : Urban Design Creating amazing spaces to live, work + play


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Ultimate Interior Design

I am a mother to my wonderful son, Daniel, a wife to my best friend, Sean and a keeper of an ever-increasing menagerie of pets. I graduated from the University of Ulster, Belfast – Surface Pattern Design in 1995, and the British Academy of Interior Design, London – Professional Interior Design in 2017. I have carried out many private design commissions, some for high profile clients in the textile, carpet, glass and equine industries.…

How to Decide Between Hiring an Architect or a Designer

Few people realize that many Interior designers have some knowledge and training in architecture, similarly, many architects have knowledge and training in design. While both these professions revolve around home and building design, there remain some skills that necessitate the hiring of one over the other.

  • Architects design ALL types of buildings—not just homes. Hospitals, hotels, churches, commuter stations etc. are commonly on an architects to-do list
  • After communication with all those involved, the architect(s) will draw up plans for your design, usually with a computer-aided model
  • They then closely supervise as a construction firm takes over to build said design
  • Their designs incorporate function, form, safety and needs of the future owners
  • Their designs incorporate both beauty and functionality
  • Architects have strong mathematical and logical thinking, ensuring a stable, sound structure
  • Interior designers are professionally trained in space planning for ALL types of buildings including, hotels, homes, office spaces, hospitals etc.
  • After consultation with the client(s), they create renderings/drawings of designs that are both functional and aesthetic for the interior space
  • Once design is approved by the client, the designer then creates the space.
  • Sometimes the space can be created through simple allocation of fabrics, paints and furnishings while other times it may require a more intensive remodel whereby construction contractors are hired
  • Their designs incorporate both beauty and functionality, while maintaining safety through adherence and knowledge of building codes and safety
  • Interior designers have strong spatial skills along with a myriad of aesthetic design skills

Here is the big difference between these two professions:

Architects design the interior and exterior spaces of our built environment, designing how spatial relationships within a building are laid out. While interior designers, hence the name, work within the already established interior spatial platform, using their skills to add aesthetic value. While some interior designers are more than willing to help with exterior color choice or selection of details such as windows, doors etc. their main responsibilities lie within the building. And while architects may be able to help with interior designs, their key responsibilities lie on the exterior or shell of the building.

This creates a relationship of sorts; one where cohabitation between a designer and an architect may be required; one where a designer does the interior work of the architect’s exterior work. So who do you hire? Perhaps both.

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