Becky Morris Knight is the proud owner of Pretty Dandy, an independent boutique helping customers to find special furniture for their home. Becky established Pretty Dandy after discovering her passion for home decoration when renovating her home. Creating a space that inspired her she wanted to help others do the same. Offering colourful home accessories, Becky has an eclectic style and her collections are free from the restricting rules of design. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Becky Morris Knight.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My style is probably best described as maximalist. I like print and pattern, bold colour, vintage treasures alongside handmade creations and always – always – a sense of fun.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
My starting point is always research. Even if I don’t quite notice I’m doing it, I slowly gather together images, pieces of fabric, little items which inspire me and it starts to inform a look.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Oh now that is a difficult question! I work with a lot of great designer makers for the website and also for my regular flea markets and they are so talented. Some examples are Ketchup on Everything, Ding Ding and Butterscotch and Beesting. They all create beautiful home accessories full of humour and quirks – one inspired by retro children’s illustration, one by vintage repeating patterns and one by the circus. I also have huge respect and admiration for designers of the past from Saarinen through to Gio Ponti, Cathrineholm, Lucienne Day and more. Too many to list!
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
There isn’t one particular thing I do, and that’s probably the secret. I find inspiration all over, from what Iris Apfel is wearing to vintage stamps found at a flea market or a beautiful home image on a blog. That said, Pinterest is a fantastic tool which I use a lot.
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 now have my own store online and run regular events for fans of vintage & handmade designs. My advice is simply to really find out what you love, what your style is, and then stick to that slavishly. Be you, have your own voice and it will serve you well.