Nicole Ashey is the principal designer and owner of Burlock Interiors, so named for her eccentric grandmother, Amelia Burlock. Nicole utilises her family’s eccentricities within her own work, yet still offers bespoke and quality solutions to her clients. She works with her clients collaborating to create great designs, all the while supporting local craftspeople and artisans. She holds a masters degree in architecture, which has given her the skills and experience to develop cost-effective design solutions. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Nicole Ashey.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My base style is classic with a touch of whimsy. Simplicity layered with moments of the unexpected. And I absolutely love juxtaposition! Think “charred cork wallpaper, backed in metallic gold.”
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I get inside my client’s head with my “Design Therapy.” I then embed that deep within the project using the architecture of the space. Design should be more than skin deep.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
My upholsterer, Rocio Silva. She is an enterprising woman from Mexico who proves you can do anything you put your mind to. She came to the United States, learned English, learned a trade and worked her way up. She now has an amazing business that continues to grow. When we work together, she is a true team player. Her expertise has proven to be invaluable on all my projects.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
There is not one particular thing. However, my architectural education mixed with the places I’ve traveled have provided me with a strong foundation and visual library to pull from.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I have a hard head, strong will and a passion for what I do. The most challenging part of this business is the business itself. Make mistakes, learn from them and delegate the things you are not good at as soon as you can make the investment.