OUR CREATIVE DIRECTORS
We are Robert and Tamsin Allen, Fawn's creative directors.
Robert heads up our interior architecture side and oversees extensions and internal restructuring, as well as joinery design, AV systems and electrical/lighting plans. He works with our trusted team of structural engineers, architects, building firms, and specialist tradesmen, including joiners, electricians, plumbers and decorators.
Tamsin runs the interior design arm - room planning, colour concepts, creating synergy across the whole project, art sourcing and curation, and sourcing from a wide range of fabric, wallpaper and furniture companies.
As partners, our combined strengths, and unwavering attention to detail, complement each other to create truly distinctive and highly-finished spaces.
We started our studio in 2014, when we packed up our life in London and moved to the countryside. The move was designed to slow life down a bit - watching the weather, sunrises and sunsets, deer frolicking in nearby fields, and spotting too many birds to count has been amazing.
This love of nature inspired us to start Fawn, a name that also came to us quite naturally with all the playful deer around. The nature that inspires us forms the basis of our designs, colours, and textures, all with a luxurious edge...a style we call Natural Luxe.
So we invite you to take a look at our designs. If you like what you see, we look forward to collaborating with you.
WHAT WE DO
Our talented team can oversee your bespoke interiors project from concept to completion, offering:
Interior space planning - designing the flow to make the most of your space and preparing floor plans.
Planning permission - attending pre-approval meetings and submitting plans, and liaising with Building Regulations throughout the project.
Interior design & architecture - mood boards, lighting and electrical design, joinery design, bespoke AV systems, wall and floor finishes, furniture and accessories sourcing, art procurement and curation.
Construction - managing contract tendering, sub-contractor and trade selection, and managing the trades throughout the renovation to ensure a premium finish is achieved.
We are accredited by the SBID, the Society of British Interior Designers, which is the professional body registered in the UK to accredit professionals in interior design. In Brussels, at the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA), they are the British professional body and representative for interior design. They regulate and promote the interior design profession for their members; maintain the highest educational and professional shared standards; protect clients and consumers via a strict international code of ethics and conduct and provide impartial advice and guidance for their accredited professionals. We are proud to be a member of this esteemed organisation.
OUR DESIGN PROCESS
INITIAL MEETING & THE BRIEF
Our initial meeting at the property is to understand your brief, including budgets, time scale and specific requirements. We also look at any potential structural improvements to your home to see if these could increase your enjoyment of the space.
We then prepare a letter of appointment and a terms & conditions contract. For large projects we use ID/10 issued by the BIID which sets out both of our responsibilities.
INITIAL DESIGN PROPOSALS
Once the signed letter of appointment has been returned, initial design concepts are developed - we prepare general inspirational mood boards covering the entire project for your approval. You will receive 2 concepts for you to choose from.
DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN PROPOSALS
Based on the concept moodboard that you choose, we progress to a detailed mood board for each room which starts to look at more specific colours, fixtures, fittings and fabrics. Layout plans are also produced, incorporating budget estimates and project scheduling. The work involved at this stage also includes meetings with planning consultants and structural engineers where necessary.
PLANNING - WHERE APPLICABLE
We attend pre-approval meetings and tailor plans to achieve the best result possible at the full planning stage. Plans are then submitted for approval (usually a 6 week process).
FURNITURE, FIXTURES & EQUIPMENT (FF&E)
We order furniture and arrange delivery, coordinating delivery times with the project completion date.
TENDERING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Once approval is received, contracts are put out to tender or we will make recommendations from our pool of trusted suppliers. Once work commences, regular site visits are carried out to co-ordinate with building contractors, trades etc, ensuring the best work possible.
FINISHING & INTERIOR STYLING
When everything is done, we arrange a deep clean of your home and style it for you. It is at this point that we also photograph the project for our portfolio.