Formed in 2001 by David and Jacqui Smith, HomeSmiths is a Sussex based, dynamic husband and wife led 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, is currently SBID Regional Director for the South East and also sits on the SBID Healthcare Advisory Council. Jacqui is an experienced residential and healthcare designer with a deep understanding of dementia friendly design and a particular specialism in interior design for people with visual impairments. Keen to share her knowledge with the next generation of healthcare designers, Jacqui has, on a number of occasions been a guest lecturer at Solent University. In September 2018 Jacqui became Chair of Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance.
David, a former cabinet maker with over 30 years’ experience in furniture making, is our main project manager and his practical background is invaluable on site. He still enjoys designing bespoke pieces for clients and is the in house kitchen, bathroom and lighting 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. In 2017 one of David’s residential bathroom projects made finalist in the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.
Jenna joined in August 2013, 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, contractors and clients ensuring that deadlines are met and deliveries arrive when they need to. Jenna also does the day to day accounts side as well as manages the website and social media.
Additionally we are delighted to work regularly with fabulous, local curtain maker Katie Islam and creative cushion maker Soozi Jenner, Sussex based Trackman who we use for our residential projects and DJM Designs for our healthcare design projects.
Having come from varying backgrounds ourselves, HomeSmiths 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 team members 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.
Katy May joined us for a week work experience then spent 3 years with us first as a Junior Designer before being promoted to Assistant Designer. Having made a great contribution to our business, Katy moved away from the area in June 2015 and went back to her Visual Merchandising roots.
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 London.
Kathryn Wade interned with us in the autumn of 2013 and continued to helps us on subsequent show home installs.
Catherine Hazell joined us in March 2016 with a background in fashion as well as some hands on experience in the care industry. She went on maternity leave and had lovely baby Alice in 2019. She is now working as an activities coordinator in a local care home.
Nadia Ponte joined us in July 2019 covering Catherine’s maternity leave having graduated from SBID accredited Solent University, with a first class degree in Interior Design. Nadia now has a permanent job doing kitchen design.