New Style Editor 2020
Rooomy meets Chloe Spillett,
children’s interior designer and
new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Rachel Burns speaks to Chloe about her style and
love of kid’s interiors and the best places to shop.
RB – When did your love of interior design begin?
CS – I have loved interiors for as long as I can remember. My mum has great taste and an awesome eye for styling, so I guess she influenced me from an early age. I was a 90s child so changing rooms also played a huge role. Still waiting for that show to make a comeback!
RB – What was your room like when you were kid?
CS – Well, my Mum was much like I am now so it changed a fair bit throughout my childhood! It was always very tastefully classic; Laura Ashley, broderie anglaise and gingham. Once `I was about 13 I was given free rein and I remember really going for it! Bright pink and orange everywhere. It was an absolute riot of colour and anything but classic!
RB – You’ve won two big comps now, ‘Under the Stairs’ at Grand Designs 2019 and The National Prize for “Styled by Be” Judges by Sophie Robinson. What did you learn from these experiences?
CS – The most valuable thing I learned is to have confidence in your own capabilities no matter the level of competition. I was up against many high esteemed professionals and influencers so both victories really took my breath away. It didn’t even enter my mind that I might be good enough to win either.
If you have a clear vision you just have to really go for it, and you’ll be rewarded in more ways than you can possibly imagine!
RB – Do you think there are some discernible differences when approaching the design of a kid’s room compared to the rest of the house?
CS – I think this really depends on the brief and the desired outcome. Many of my clients have wanted longevity from their children’s spaces and so from that point of view you almost have to treat it like any other room in the house. Of course, from the child’s point of view their priorities are usually that they want their rooms to be fun and exciting with a sense of adventure and escapism, so it can be a challenge to strike a balance to ensure both parties are happy! To tick all the boxes, I always aim to keep adaptability in mind. I try to think about how the space can evolve with the family as they grow, without losing its identity.
RB – With colours being such a huge part of your work have you ever designed a monochrome room? Would you try and talk your client round?
CS – It’s true I live for colour and I think it’s a really great tool for inspiring and motivating young people, but I still think my personal sense of style is rather fluid. I really love to change it up and in the past I’ve definitely been drawn to monochrome. The client should always be at the centre of the design process so if its monochrome they want then its monochrome they get! That said, I’d probably advise them that to do Monochrome justice you have to fully commit; not always easy when children come with so many nick knacks!
RB – What is your dream project?
CS – My absolute life goal is to design for DIY SOS. It’s on my vision board and one day I will make it happen!
RB – If money was no object and you could buy your girls anything for their bedroom or playroom, what would it be?
CS – I’d really love to design an all singing all dancing installation that’s out of this world and commission someone to build it for me.
RB – Three top places to shop for kid’s rooms?
This Modern Life, Bobby Rabbit Kids and H&M
RB – What’s next for Chloe Gets Creative?
CS – Ahhh who knows?! It’s absolutely terrible business ethic but I’ve never really been one for devising plans. Life is unpredictable; we have all been awoken to this in the last few months and I truly believe it’s far more important to just enjoy the journey. I’ve gained an absolute tonne of experience over the last few years and I’m stoked about all of my achievements so far. I think positivity is the best recipe for progress and success and I’m happy with the way things are going for CGC and equally excited about future possibilities.
RB – What has been your favourite project to work on?
CS – Ooooo that’s a real toughie, I’ve loved each and every one of my projects I really couldn’t pick just one. Grand Designs Live has without a doubt been a highlight, not only because of the prestige of the exhibition but because it was unlike anything else I had ever done before and I met some amazing people! I’ve also designed spaces for children in very vulnerable situations so I will always hold these projects dear, it felt wonderful to think I’d brought some sunshine to their lives. Then of course there are the rooms I have designed for friends and family as well as my own children. They are all special to me.
RB – Who or what are some of your design inspirations when thinking about kid’s rooms?
CS – It’s such a cliché thing for a designer to say but literally everything! Design is always at the forefront of my mind so if I’m immersed in nature, watching TV or a film, travelling, whatever I may be doing, I’m always thinking about ways to add value to our indoor spaces that are new and innovative.
RB – Where do you like to hang out in your spare time when you’re switching off and relaxing?
CS – I am loathed to admit I am one of those irritating people who rarely sits still, I find it quite hard to switch off and I’ve pretty much always got a project on the go. I don’t really relax as much as burn out and then rest until I’m raring to go again! Lockdown has really been quite pivotal for me, as I am sure it has been for so many of us. I have started to discover new territories both metaphorically speaking and literally; There is a fair bit of countryside locally and we have been enjoying some really lovely family walks. Oh and gardening! I really love to be in the garden with my family. Despite all the worry and suffering surrounding this new phase in our lives there’s still plenty to be thankful for; I’ve found a few good, new, happy places.
RB – Your style is fun, smart and colourful, what has influenced this most?
CS – I’m a firm believer in creating your own sense of style. As you can probably imagine my Instagram feed is full of children’s interior related pages. There are thousands of beautiful rooms on the ‘gram but there is also a lot of repetition, I get a real kick when I discover a space that makes me stop in my tracks. I want my designs to have that impact on other people; a space people have never seen before. I really try to think outside the box.
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