Formed in 2001 by David and Jacqui Smith, HomeSmiths is a Sussex based, family run interior design practice working with residential clients, national property developers, healthcare providers and also on commercial projects, offering a full service from the design to the install stages.
Meet The Team
Jacqui is a creative ex-marketer with a keen eye for colour and detail. She has been a professional member of SBID since 2012 and is now SBID Regional Director for the South East. Jacqui has experience of working with major housing developers on large contracts and also specialises in interior design for people with visual impairments and has a deep understanding dementia friendly design.
David, a former cabinet maker, is our main project manager and his practical background is invaluable on site. He still enjoys designing bespoke pieces for clients and is the resident kitchen and bathroom expert! David has won 5 Guildmarks as a cabinet maker, for excellence in craftsmanship. He also was awarded ‘Guildmark of the Year’ in 1990 by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.
Nichola graduated in 2012 with BA (Hons) Interior Design, and has since been applying her eye for detail within the industry. Having previously done work experience at HomeSmiths, Nichola returned in July 2015 as Assistant Designer. With a natural feel for what works in terms of colour and balance, she adds the personal touch with hand drawn and rendered perspectives.
Jenna joined in August 2013 and is our Excel genius, setting up all of our spreadsheets and freeing up valuable time for the designers. She deals with the costings and ordering across all projects as well as liaising with our suppliers, ensuring that deadlines are met and deliveries arrive when they need to.
Catherine joined us in March 2016 with a background in fashion and wanting to learn more about the world of interior. During her first months with us Catherine has been thrown in at the deep end on a variety of projects and seems to be a complete natural in this industry.
Having been our longest serving member of staff Nikki (no relation!) now works for HomeSmiths on a freelance basis making guest appearances at our show home installations
Additionally we are delighted to work regularly with fabulous, local curtain maker Katie Islam, creative cushion maker Soozi Jenner, who also assists us with design boards and on installs, Sussex based Trackman who we use for our entire track fitting across our residential and show home projects. We also work with Belinda and Gerard Holden, talented Art Curators who assist us in sourcing art for our show home and care home projects. Freelance interior designers, Jeanette Seabrook and Nichola Hayler also form part of our show home install team.
Katy May spent three years with us first as Junior Designer before being promoted to Assistant Designer. Having started her career in visual merchandising Katy brought many of these skills to her role with us, especially in show homes. Katy moved away from the area in June 2015 having been headhunted by BHS to join their Chichester branch as Visual Manager. We wish her all the best in the next chapter of her career.
Having come from varying backgrounds ourselves, HomeSmiths really believe in offering a helping hand to those who are interested in working in the Interior Design industry. As such, we have had some fantastic interns who have added so much value to the business and thoroughly enjoyed their time working with us.
Kirsty Corcoran was with us for 6 months in 2011, and went on to secure a Junior Designer role in an Interior Design practice in London.
Aisha Zaman joined HomeSmiths for a month in April 2012. Aisha went on to become a stylist for a well known Interior Design magazine.
Sophie McKenzie joined us for the summer of 2013 whilst studying Interior Design at Leeds College of Art. Sophie graduated in 2014 and now works for an interior design practice in the north of England.
Kathryn Wade interned with us in the autumn of 2013, she has left to pursue other interning opportunities, but will continue to help us on future installs.
James Ely joined HomeSmiths for 3 months in January 2014, working on design projects in the office and forming part of the Littlehampton show home install team.