Then came the day that changed her life a client who was an astute businessman came into the shop and warned me that there was going to be a recession. I tend to take advice and act on it immediately, so when he brought someone in to view the place I sold it that same afternoon, says Tricia. Around this time the Jamesons were becoming disillusioned with the demands of their interior design business, and decided to step back and analyse their lifestyle. Having decorated very grand houses for 20 years I knew that I’d had enough, and that if any more people asked me about carpets or pelmets I would go mad. So when one of the spaces in Avenue Studios became available it seemed that fate had intervened. Taking the plunge, the couple bought the place and stepped into the next phase of their lives.
Several major commissions were still in progress at the time of the move, but over the following months the interior design business gradually slimmed down and evolved into a consultancy. Tricia and Conrad believe that this is a far more intimate, efficient and cost-effective way of working and identifying the needs of their clients. It’s amazing how much you can advise on in four concentrated hours, explains Tricia. Tricia’s passion for primitive country furniture is evident in her choice of decor for the studio. OAK DINING TABLE DESIGN After years of living in a large, early Victorian house filled with small, pretty things, moving offered Tricia the opportunity to change direction. I was attracted more and more to chunky pieces of furniture, she says, so when the old house was sold everything that was pretty or small went. I used to be into Empire, but now I won’t give it house room. My style has changed completely over the past few years.