Continuing our mini-blog series on our wonderful staff let's now meet Jaymi, a seamstress supporting Debbie in the workroom.
Who are you and what do you do at Lisa Dawson Interiors?
My name is Jaymi Scrafton and I am one of the seamstresses that work at Lisa Dawson Interiors. I originally trained in tailoring and dressmaking so I am used to working with 3D shapes. This has been invaluable as we are quite often asked to make sofa covers, cushions and pelmets. It is a huge advantage if you can understand 3D shapes especially when they involve zipping, corners and shaped sides!
Where do you live and in what style of house?
I currently live in a 1970’s mid terraced house, which is our first home but we are looking to move to a 1930’s property in Norwich - ideally!
What is your style and what inspires you in terms of furnishings and decor?
My taste is very eclectic and my inspiration comes from many different sources. I love colour, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, mid-century design and anything quirky or unusual. Our current house was a very blank canvas, almost soulless when we moved in, so I have used my eclectic taste to punch a bit of personality into the property.
Which is your current favourite room?
My favourite room would have to be my little boy’s room. I have used grown up masculine tones, mixed with fresh clean wall colours to ensure it is a bright room but with personality. The existing wooden furniture has been up-cycled by painting it with Little Greene Hicks’ Blue and I’ve used Linwood’s Sporting Life design for the soft furnishings. Whilst the room is suitable for my son now, it will also last well into the future because of the colours and designs I have chosen.
The room is North facing so I had to ensure I used warm, light reflecting colours as my starting point, then I added a feature colour. I opted for Little Greene’s Hicks’ Blue instead of a darker navy blue as this would have absorbed too much light and made the room look even darker. I used the accent colour on a few pieces of furniture rather than on the walls. This ensured the room wasn’t overwhelmed by a dark colour and means that in the future you can chop and change the accent colour without having to redecorate.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Just like my colleague Gemma, I don't have much spare time as I have a small child, however I do love all things 1940's so when I can, I love to immerse myself in the culture and fashion of the period. There is a 1940's weekend every year in Sheringham up on the coast and I love to attend that with my partner and son. I also have a soft spot for camper vans, having owned one in the past, and look forward to having one again so that we can travel when my son is a bit older.
Thanks so much Jaymi, it was a pleasure to talk to you. We would love to hear from you if you have enjoyed this blog post - please do get in touch with any interior and decorating questions and we will do our best to answer you. We offer an interior design advisory service for any project you are planning to undertake - just pop in to the studio and we will be happy to help you with advice and sampling. Next week we will be meeting Jane, Studio Manager, but until then, please stay safe and well, wherever you are.