Student Profile

2nd February 2011
Let me introduce to you today a new series of mine which I am extremely excited about called ‘Student profile’. A place where I will be showcasing students/graduates portfolio on my blog in order to help them make that giant leap into the real world. My blog is not only about beautiful finds but also about keeping the interior community together and by helping one another. If you are a student or recently graduated and would like to feature on the series then do get in touch, I would love to here from you!

Here goes my first student profile from a lovely and very ambitious and determined lady.

Name: Mary-Ellen Paul
Location: London
Currently Studying:  Open Learning Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration at The KLC School of Design based in Chelsea Harbour. on-course to graduate by December 2011.
Previous Background: Studied a BA degree in Advertising & Marketing Communications, then went on to study An Introduction to Interior Design at The Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2007. The last three years has been working for Admissions in the Education Sector. Having worked for institutions such as King’s College London and City University, currently works for The London School of Economics as an Admissions Administrator.
About me: ‘I have an immense passion for interior design. I always incorporate my simple yet opulent style with both balance and harmony when designing. I am very keen to expand my skills and experience further in interior design within a design assistant role.I adore travelling and find different cultures allow you to expand your knowledge of design and creativity. You’ll catch me looking for inspiration EVERYWHERE and at the trade shows, with 100% and Decorex being my favourite.’

 Favourite Designers: Kelly Hoppen -for her innovative design and evolution. I am a huge fan of her entrepreneurism, her style and work ethic. I am particularly drawn to both the Murmuri Hotel Project and the ‘Home Style’- IPhone application. The application is fresh, informative and fun allowing the user to play successfully with scheme ideas.
Gush Design – Their interior design embodies the essence of luxury, beauty and chic style. I particularly like their Mayfair Apartment project.
Target Living – I love the way in which they incorporate ‘Brit Chic’ with opulence and elegance. Each design is finely sophisticated and always pushes design to a superior standard.
 Dream Job: My dream job would be to be given the opportunity to start my career as an Interior Design Assistant. I am very keen to expand my experience and skills further and this role would be an exceptional opportunity to both develop and grow as an interior designer. I undoubtedly have the passion for it.That said, ultimately I would like to progress to a Creative Director. That’s the big dream.

Project one

‘This project is for an office space. The concept behind this was from the name of the company ‘Purple Reign’. The idea of a powerful workforce. This scheme also works alongside the brand image. The brief was to create a luxurious, rich and elegant scheme for an office. This was achieved by using rich velvet fabrics with studded Swarovski crystals, an elegant feature wall with a soft look and feel accompanied with a smooth charcoal black oak floor to give a sense of richness.’
Project two

‘The brief was to design a home office space for a high-end Wedding Planner. A bold statement was requested by the client on this scheme. I went for ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the idea that marriage is the next chapter in a woman’s life – an adventure. The bold red from the concept has been pulled into the scheme through the cushions and accessories. As red is a powerful colour I didn’t want it to overpower the scheme thus introduced it into the scheme as splashing of bold colour. I added a touch of glamour with the velvet pewter fabric (for some of the cushions) with studded Swarovski crystals. This concept and scheme works for the space in functionality and style’

If any designers are interested in knowing more about Mary-Ellen then please contact me here for more details.


  1. Carole

    2nd February 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Ari, this brings back memories! I loved the KLC course so much and the standard of work is always consistantly high. Mary-Ellen's work is testament to this.
    Good series, can't wait for more. xx

  2. Daniel @ mydeco.com

    2nd February 2011 at 2:49 pm

    This is really nice. I love the idea of this series. Learning about people new to the industry is so fascinating.

    Really pleased to see a mydeco 3D room on the project board. And such a nice image at that!

  3. Sarah Edmonds

    3rd February 2011 at 7:47 am

    What a great idea Arianna!

    Have you advertised this on the KLC Flickr page?

    New blog looks fab o/

  4. Arianna

    3rd February 2011 at 10:14 am

    Oh Carole me too! so many wonderful memories from KLC but will never forget the long hours 🙂
    Daniel – I'm really excited with this series as I think it is nice to help people that are new to this indusrty, it is always a daunting time at first! I love the mydeco app too – looks fab!
    Sarah thanks for the kind comment and for the klc flickr page idea – will just do that 🙂

  5. Suki@Fantabulous Design

    4th February 2011 at 1:30 am

    This is great idea.

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