John Dick & Son offers a full interior design service based from our showroom in Glasgow. We have a wonderful interior design team who can work closely with you to understand your desires and help you achieve the look and feel you want from your home.
Discover how easy it can be to enhance your home or business within your budget. Plan a new look for the area you wish to transform, using our interior design service, with an emphasis on style and comfort. The following steps set you on your way to a most enjoyable experience.
Step 1 Call us to arrange a free and informal meeting to discuss ideas and your requirements. No job is too small and existing furnishings can be utilised.
Step 2 We will develop the design using our extensive range of fabrics, wallpapers and furniture, producing plans, drawings and mood boards where required.
Step 3 Presentation of our proposal including a full detailed quotation. The proposals are then discussed in full and can be altered to suit any changes you may wish to make.
Step 4 We manage the entire project including installation ensuring the experience runs smoothly and to your satisfaction
Watch this brief video where Sally and Lynsey talk about the benefits of using an interior designer and, the benefits of being able to visit a fully stocked Glasgow showroom where you can mix and match furniture, feel the quality and appreciate the scale of the pieces.
To arrange a free consultation call our friendly, professional design team. Tel 0141 644 1115 (ask for Sally or Lynsey)
Our Designers - Sally
Interior Designer, Sally Dick talks about her career in interior design and what she enjoys about the variety of projects she is involved with at John Dick & Son.
When did you realise you wanted to be an interior designer?
I wanted to have a career in design / art related profession from around the age of 13.
Where did you study?
Napier University – BA Degree in Interior Design (4 year course)
What was your first job in interior design?
Once I graduated my first job was with a high end Kitchen Design Company. I was with them for around 3 years and it gave me great experience in dealing with clients, managing projects, dealing with problems as well as designing some amazing kitchens. It also taught me how to present and sell my designs which is just as important as the design itself.
I left them to work for a small interior design company which specialised in commercial / contract interiors. The design work was challenging and the experience I gained working with site managers and contract clients was invaluable. When did you start to work for yourself?
I had always enjoyed working with fabrics and colour and I felt that I was not getting much job satisfaction where I was. Bruce had a very successful retail furniture business and he had seen a niche in the market for the addition of a quality interior design service. After some lengthy conversations and nail biting decisions I took the step to start my own business under the wing of John Dick and Son.
My business started in 1999. I worked by myself building up a customer base of domestic clients (many of which I still work with). Within 2 years I became busy enough to employ another full time designer. Over the next 4 years I had two children so I had to manage my business on a part time basis. I was frustrated at the slight downturn in business and had the common dilema of a working mother! Now that they are both at school I have managed to commit much more time and energy in to developing and growing the business.
The interior design division of John Dick and Son is a thriving and exciting business with double digit growth year on year. We have a fantastic range of clients and furnish some of the most beautiful homes in Scotland. Our domestic customers vary from small jobs which might be to enhance a room with new curtains which should work with existing furniture and upholstery or to larger projects designing entire homes or businesses. Every job is treated in the same way. We present our ideas on sample boards which show the fabrics, trimmings, curtain design and if required a furniture layout. This enables the client to visualise the design proposal and to feel excited about their new room. Quotations are itemised in order to show the customer a breakdown of costs which helps them to understand where their money is going!
The fact that the business is within the furniture showroom is a massive advantage. Where other designers work from catalogues, I have a large choice of beautiful furniture and upholstery at my fingertips. This enables our customers to see, feel and try out the furniture which I have selected. This is a service that is fundamental to the business.
Are there any projects you are particularly proud of?
I am very proud of my contract projects that I have been involved in. We have supplied the furniture and fabrics for two very prestigious golf clubs, Kingsbarns Golf Links near St Andrews and Castle Stuart Golf Links near Inverness and we are currently working on the interior refurbishment of Royal Troon. I have ongoing work with Knockinaam Lodge which is a gorgeous 5 star boutique hotel in Port Patrick.
I have great support from Lynsey who started with us last June. She has fantastic vision and a fresh and exciting outlook. Bruce is also a massive help and inspiration. He has such a wide knowledge and understanding of furniture and suppliers which alongside my design skills makes a perfect team!
What about the future?
I am excited about the year ahead. Trends are moving towards more and more pattern and colour. It has been slowly introduced over the last couple of years with feature walls and bold cushions but I think that people are becoming increasingly daring and we are pleased to be designing more and more interiors which consist of stronger colour palettes, wallpaper used on all four walls and an eclectic mixture of pattern and texture. Florals are back in a big way. Traditional designs using contemporary colours such as lime green with taupe.
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Our Designers - Lynsey
When did you decide you wanted to follow a career in Interior Design?
During my school years always very interested & excelled in Art, Technical drawing, Craft & design and English and from an early age knew I would like to go into a career involving these strengths.
Where did you study?
I studied for 2 years at James Watt College, Greenock to achieve my HND in Interior design.
This fast tracked me into 3rd Year of Interior Design degree course at Glasgow Caledonian University where I gained my BSC qualification. Where was you first job after you qualified?
The day after I graduated I began working for an Interior Designer in Bothwell, Glasgow, where I stayed for just over 9 years. I gained a lot of valuable experience during this time both in the retail side of the business and from the contract side. The showroom was where I was based in the beginning, interacting & advising private clients who visited the showroom and visiting clients in their home. I was also involved in show home design, which in the later stages of my time here became the area I was most involved in, from both a design & project management perspective. Although I very much enjoyed my time here and gained many strengths I felt it was time to move on and see what else was out there to broaden my horizons. I was therefore very pleased to accept the opportunity to begin a new chapter at John Dick & Son.
What do you enjoy about working with John Dick & Son?
The projects I worked over the past 9 years were of a very contemporary style which I believe has been very useful when I came to join the team at John Dick & Son in the summer of 2010. It has been very interesting for me to be involved in projects of a more classic design, using new fabric collections & patterns to achieve a very different look to what I had been used to. However it has also been great for me to bring my experience in the more contemporary side of design to share my ideas which work along side the other styles that we can achieve here.
I am very happy to get back into the more personal side of the job, meeting with clients to discuss design schemes which will make the most of their homes. It is a pleasure and very satisfying to see the finished results and happy customers.
Having the tools available here to provide my clients with a complete service is very beneficial, the showroom is great as when advising on soft furnishings, wallcoverings, flooring etc you can also show with confidence the variety of furniture we can use to complete the look. Throughout the showroom we have different styles and examples of looks that can be achieved, some more contemporary others more classic.
Are you happy with your career choice?
I find interior design is a very satisfying career. I enjoy meeting people, the diversity, the challenges and experiencing the change in trends, styles and the ability to introduce this into design.
Why use an interior designer
Using an Interior Designer may strike you as a luxury or, an unnecessary expense but, you should look at it differently. We meet people every day who say they don’t like the suite they have and they really haven’t ever been happy with it. Or, they have never like the curtains they chose because the just didn’t quite turn out the right way.
These are common complaints from people with varied room sizes and budgets, people who didn’t quite manage to make the whole room work they way they imagined it. That’s where an Interior Designer comes in; developing your ideas, tastes, likes and dislikes into a space “that works”.
In the video and blog post below, Sally and Lynsey explain some of the interior design services that John dick & Son offer.
If you’re investing in a new interior or simply a new piece of furniture, you want to be sure it’s what you are looking for and you will continue to enjoy it in the future so why not use an extra pair of eyes and ears that are expert in getting the right result? Often a room doesn’t quite work and it requires only some minor final touches or, a vital introduction of a colour, that suddenly pulls the whole thing together – that is what we offer via our Interior Design service at John Dick & Son.We work closely with you to establish the desired look, feel and style; if necessary we will produce plans, drawings and mood boards to help you envisage the end result. When you are happy with the design we can manage the project through to completion making sure the whole thing is delivered on time and, on budget.
Often it is assumed that Interior Designers only get involved in a complete refurbishment of a room or even a house, this is not the case. Most of the projects we work on involve the introduction of new pieces, wall coverings or, curtains that have to integrate with existing furniture. You may have a family heirloom or piece of furniture you particularly like, that’s no problem, we’re used to working with old and new and making them live together in your interior.
Initial consultations are free and informal when we have a chat and explore what look, feel and style you want to achieve, after that it’s up to you, if you want us to help you we are more than happy to do so. If you would like an free consultation please call Sally Dick on 0141 644 1115 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org we will be happy to arrange a suitable time to meet and have a chat.
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