Our Approach


If you are looking for a residential interior designer and like the work you see in our portfolio, do get in touch!

In the meantime, here is an overview of what we do:


How we can help you

Many of our interior design customers contact us when they’ve just bought a new house. They dream of renovating and furnishing it – and often really see the potential it has. They just lack the confidence and expertise needed to make it an efficient (or pleasurable) process.

Perfectly understandable; it can be time consuming and complicated.

This is where we step in and take the reins. We brainstorm ideas with you and ask a series of insightful questions before heading back to the design studio to weave our magic.

We create a horribly realistic set of ‘artistic impressions’ for each room, based on real dimensions and incorporating all the background info we’ve collected. Once presented to you and agreed, these concepts become ‘visions’ for us to turn into reality.

Everything that goes in to the interior of your property (and that really does mean everything) is carefully curated by Timothy James Interiors, in line with these visions. We pull together every element with the utmost of care. We select your furniture, lamps, artwork, curtains, blinds, soft furnishings and accessories.

The more ‘architectural’ elements such as bespoke kitchens and bathrooms are designed in detail and tailored to your specific needs and tastes.

When all our designs are complete, we carefully coordinate the implementation for you right up until your house is finished.


Here is an overview of our interior design process:


Meeting You  

The first step is an initial site visit to meet you and take a look around the property together. This we offer free of charge.

We will discuss your hopes and dreams, and brainstorm ideas together, formulating a rough scope of work that outlines the services you require.

After the meeting, if we think we can help you, we follow up with an estimate for the work required.


Stage 1 – Preparation and Brief 

Once appointed, we start by arranging a follow-up meeting to take a detailed brief from you.

We send you an in-depth questionnaire, tailored to your project to analyse your functional needs and tastes. Possible starting points and design drivers will be identified, and we will establish your aims and objectives for the project.

We also conduct a full measured and photographic survey so that we have all the correct info. This also helps us familiarise ourselves with the property.


Stage 2 – Concept Design  

At this stage we give you a very exciting ‘artistic impression’ of how your finished interiors will look – in all their glory.

We dive straight in with an all-singing, all-dancing design presentation that shows all your new furnishings, fixtures, colours and artworks. Alongside our concept visuals we also give you a furniture layout plan.

Everything presented to you at this stage is essentially hypothetical. In other words, it is not actually sourced or costed yet. At this point we are only concerned with the overall look and feel of your interior – something we can all get very excited about. This can then be developed further and brought to life for you over the next stages of the project.


Stage 3 – Technical Design

With the overall concept for each room agreed, we now work up a more detailed design package ready for implementation.

We will create a sample board for each room, containing wall coverings, paint colours, upholstery and/or window treatment fabrics, wood floor finishes and picture frame samples.

Technical drawings are always included and depending on the project these could include lighting and electrical plans, construction drawings for bespoke kitchens, bathrooms and joinery (fitted cupboards, desks, bookcases, etc), wall elevations and any other details we have included in our design.

A budget schedule will be created and all of the sourced items will be carefully costed for you. Any site works (e.g decorating or carpentry) will be quoted for by one of our go-to refurbishment teams. These costs will also be included in your budget schedule.

If planning permission or a Lawful Development Certificate is required for any external alterations, we handle the drawing work and manage the application process, acting on your behalf as your agent. 

And last but not least: if possible, we will produce a draft Programme of Works – a timeline for the ordering, construction and installation stages of the project.


Stage 4 – Procurement 

This is the purchasing of the items we specified as part of your design.

We hold accounts with a wide range of trade suppliers from whom be purchase our furnishings – often at a fraction of the retail price. This means we can usually supply the goods at a very good price and are able to absorb the admin costs associated with the placing and managing of the orders.

It is important to make sure orders are placed in good time, to take into account the lead times on certain pieces. We tend to specify a lot of bespoke item which will obviously take more time to make.


Stage 5 – Project Coordination (during construction) 

We provide our tradesmen with all they need to implement your designs.

As soon as they start work, we oversee them to make sure everything runs smoothly and to a high standard. Alternatively, we are just as comfortable working alongside your preferred tradesmen, giving them advice on design-related matters as and when the need arises.

Either way, we offer a full project coordination service right up to snagging and completion. 


Stage 6 – Installation  

Installation of your furnishings will usually happen over a period of about a week.

We take delivery of items and install them for you at your property, checking them and arranging them in position. While this is happening we also oversee the hanging of artworks, mirrors and window treatments.


Interior Design Fees    

Due to the rather fiddly nature of interior design, and the many variables involved, we do not have standard fee packages as such.

All of our work is highly bespoke, therefore we always discuss a project in some detail before we provide any estimates for the work to be undertaken. Following an initial consultation we will send you a breakdown of the work required as we see it, against which we give estimated fees.


Photographing our Work 

When the project is complete, we will request to photograph the interior for our portfolio. The rooms will be dressed for the photo shoot, and any ornaments or finishing touches brought in by us for this will be available for you to buy afterwards.


Interior Design in Richmond 

We have been designing houses in Richmond and the surrounding areas since 2011 and are well connected in the area. We have worked extensively on the Richmond Bridge Estate, Richmond Hill and the surrounding areas of Twickenham, Kew, Wimbledon, Chiswick and Chelsea.


Our Cotswolds Studio 

We now have an outpost in the beautiful village of Marshfield, just outside Bath. We have a number of ongoing projects in Bath and the surrounding areas, and pride ourselves on having a good understanding of period buildings in the Cotswolds.  


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