November 17, 2021
Meet The Team - Cat McLaughlin - Studio & Workroom Assistant

Another new face in our studio to introduce to you all...

Who are you and what do you do at Lisa Dawson Interiors?

Hi, my name is Catharine, but my friends call me Cat. I view the world through a creative lens and like to stop and appreciate the little things, like texture, colour, pattern or lighting. I love to experiment with these, creating and combining them in different ways, and that’s why I am so at home in the world of design.

My role at the studio has proved quite diverse so far; liaising with clients, ordering and unpacking deliveries, checking through many a metre of fabric, design and learning the techniques to make these wonderful creations we have here at Lisa’s!

Where do you live?

I have a family with two children, a dog and a cat and feel very lucky to be able to live in Aylsham. The beach is my absolute favourite place to go – it’s my happy place. I moved to Norfolk three years ago, from Cambridge where I grew up with my family of five siblings!

Enjoying the beautiful skies on the North Norfolk Coast with my son

The beach is definitely Rodney's happy place too!

What experience do you have?

My experience with textiles is predominantly in fashion, I received a BA Hons degree in Fashion and Textile Design from Winchester School of Arts. Studying there was a great inspiration for me as it is such a picturesque setting, and not too far from the hub of it all in London. These were the years in which I could begin to further develop my skills and show case my ideas, culminating in my Graduate Knitwear Collection and work featured by the highly reputable fashion forecaster, WGSN.

Graduate Collection

Since then, I have worked at a fashionable London knitwear firm where I was involved in both design and production and more recently, freelance design, making things as diverse as bespoke wedding veils to sports entertainment costumes to name a few. Over the past two years I have designed and manufactured a collection of Fashion and Home wear Accessories for Balmoral Castle, working with Johnstones of Elgin who design and produce the official tweed used by the Royal Estates. I recently visited Balmoral Castle to witness some of my collection.

A Balmoral Collection
Balmoral Blue Ted

What is your style?

My style in the home has developed over time to adapt to a more functional way of life since having young children! However, I love having fun combining pattern and adding a pop of colour. I’m currently loving the Bohemian style adding shaggy textures, fun colour and a real statement chair.

I have always loved to experiment with different fabrics, colours, textures and shapes, and the idea of applying myself, with my fashion background, into the world of Interior Design I find really exciting - Designing and dressing for a house rather than a body. I’m really enjoying learning the design aspect of interiors and, of course delving myself into the incredible fabric library!

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