Q&A with Rosalind Ellis - Owner and creative force behind The Interiors Shop
This months property Q&A is with Rosalind Ellis - Owner and creative force behind The Interiors Shop, Chester
Tell us a little about yourself…
A Lancashire lass who moved to London at 20 years old and spent many happy years working in the prime residential property market. During my last five years I worked for the Grosvenor Estate. My time there taught me how to put the customer at the centre of everything one does and indirectly prompted the move to Chester as I met my partner, and best friend, as he works for Grosvenor in Chester. At first, I worked in Manchester at Savills but the commute proved too much, so I decided to pursue a life-long ambition to open my own interiors showroom and design consultancy. We’ve now been open 14 months and are going from strength to strength!
Who are your greatest influences?
On a personal level it has to be my mum. Fun-loving, funny, hard-working and always glamorous, she is the centre of mine and my brothers’ worlds (and of course my dad’s!). Beyond that I love women who defy stereotyping, who strive to compete in a man’s world despite any and all prejudice and do it with due grace and confidence, women like Michelle Obama and Emma Watson.
What have been some of your best jobs and why?
By far my favourite job was working with Grosvenor. Everyone assumes that the Mayfair and Belgravia portfolios are filled with the super-wealthy but there is a surprisingly diverse tenant mix. With the Grosvenor family being long-term custodians of the Estate, it was a refreshing change to manage a portfolio with a 10-, 20- or 30-year view on return on investment as well as focusing on community and sustainability issues.
Traditional vs contemporary style?
Definitely both! Coming from a family background in antiques, I have always lived with beautiful statement pieces of vintage furniture mixed with more contemporary styles that suit a modern lifestyle. As a family we’ve lived in several countries and I love a home that reflects its occupants’ lives. A home that’s made up of the stories of lives lived is a happy home indeed.
What would you consider your greatest achievement?
Setting up my own business aged 42 was completely out of my comfort zone having been employed since leaving college aged 17. The main focus is high end, eclectic interiors accessories and homewares with many brands found in the likes of Liberty’s and London’s Chelsea Harbour. We’ve already taken on another interior designer so I’m excited for what the future holds!
What would your superpower be?
Flying! I often dream about being able to just hop into the air, swooshing and swooping through the air!
Last book you read?
I’m working my way through Homer’s Odyssey. I don’t read as much as I used to but am trying to force myself to in order to escape technology even if only for a few minutes per day.
A brand-new motorhome to drive around Europe and America on one long road trip!
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