Design Philosophy

The Catherine Milner Interior’s (CMI) design philosophy is centred around a commitment to quality and the creation of sophisticated surroundings. Guided by strong architectural principles and classical influences Catherine believes that “every property possesses an inherent and rational logic that must be un-locked”.

Creative and imaginative design decisions lead to unique rooms, which are founded upon three key principles: function, strength and beauty. Catherine is known for her discerning eye and passion for objects of beauty, combined with elegant finishes and classical artistic touches that transcend the expected and elevate each room and property as a whole.

Catherine cites Palladio, Inigo Jones and the ancient Roman aesthetic as particularly influential upon her designs. They symbolise a purity of form which needs nothing more to create an effect, being both sculptural and simultaneously functional.

She is also a great admirer of the Art Deco period, particularly the French interiors of the 1920’s (including those of Ruhlmann and Andre Groult).

To gain further insight into Catherine’s inspiration and design references – see her design blog.

Business Ethics

Catherine Milner Interiors provides inspiration and creative solutions to the highest aesthetic and technical standards.

Once a design concept, scope of works and a cost budget have been agreed, both are respected and adhered to. Any revisions are discussed with clients in advance with approvals sought for any changes. Mutual trust and cooperation are of vital importance to both parties for the successful completion of the project.

Catherine never takes on more than one renovation project at a time to ensure a bespoke service through careful planning and a commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards for every client.

Throughout a project, client confidentiality and discretion are maintained at all times.

Project Scope

In order to best understand a client’s objectives, a series of preliminary meetings are held. This includes an on site meeting to determine objectives and priorities, followed by a project proposal and terms of instruction.

Upon project commencement, Catherine Milner Interiors begins with:

  • Consultation with Catherine and the chosen architect to provide a conceptual analysis of the property based on the client’s objectives, inclusive of any property constraints and structural evaluation and layout breakdown.
  • Proposed reconfiguring of the spaces
  • Presentation of the initial design concept, sketches and mood boards
  • Evaluation of any structural issues relating to the design
  • Discussion of any relevant planning permissions required
  • The costs associated with the proposed building works and interiors and defining a client’s budget.
  • Presentation of quotes and analysing estimates
  • Defining and consolidating costs within an agreed budget
  • Coordinating and implementing agreed design proposals through active project management
  • Presenting the detailed quotes that correspond with the works.
  • Final tender presented, including an appraisal report, final drawings and decorative design plans.
  • Work descriptions drawn up detailing contracted work including: construction, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, marble and stonework, wall and floor finishes.
  • Creative direction of project work throughout the renovation
  • Overseeing all aspects of design and finish at project completion so that the client’s objectives are fully met
  • Creating project work schedule for all participants
  • Selection and purchase of rugs, fabrics, wall coverings, upholstery, furniture (be it vintage, contemporary or bespoke), specialist lighting designs.
  • Commissioning bespoke pieces if required/desired