5 minutes with Create Expectations

We spend 5 mins with successful and design savvy real estate styling and interior design firm founder/director Kim Hallis from Create Expectations.

Describe your style in three words?

Contemporary with a bit of luxury and a touch of eclectic!

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring a Nordic Collection Rug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you find people struggle with the most when it comes to decorating their home?

Firstly acknowledging the balance between comfort and looks and secondly chosing items that actually work with each other, they tend to just buy things they like but not always in consideration of existing furniture.

 

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring a Jasmin Collection Rug

 

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring a Nordic Collection Rug

 

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring an Arkaba Collection Rug

 

What do you love most about designing/styling?

Always discovering new products, healthy budgets (!!) and delighted clients ?

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring a Nordic Collection Rug

 

What does a typical work day look like for you?

When you run a styling/interior decorating/refurb project management company there is no typical day!!!

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring a Xylo Collection rug

 

Any key pieces/trends you are loving at the moment?

I have always had a love affair with velvet and it is so hot right now, however, I will probably still be using it when it’s not!

I am also loving the use of darker, murky colours such as olive, ochre, dark teal and French navy as I have never really been a fan of the ‘colour pop’!

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring Roman Chairs in Cognac

 

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring Toulon Collection Rug

 

The one piece of advice you would tell you younger self?

Listen to your gut more and not other people and when you have a really cool idea bust your gut to make it a reality.

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring a Subi Collection Rug

 

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring a Melrose Rug Collection

 

You’ve been in business an impressive 22 years, what would be your best business advice for designer starting out on their own?

Do not think the domestic design industry is all about picking fabric and furniture. You need to be a psychologist, friend, driver, cleaner, bookkeeper, you need patience and the ability to see another persons perspective. Hone your skills of listening and compromise. Do the small jobs even if they do not seem worthwhile to improve your skills and do not underestimate potential clients – they can often surprise you.

If you do this well, your jobs will get bigger and bigger as so much comes through the recommendation chain. Good luck!!

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring a Celine Sofa

 

What’s your “go-to” rug?

You know what that is right now? It’s The Rug Collection Santa Monica in Beige and Silver! Not my usual style but now I am using it I can’t stop. It is beautiful, luxe and an individual – my clients are loving it!

Santa Monica in Beige Silver | The Rug Collection

 

Styles by Create Expectations | Featuring a Santa Monica Collection Rug in beige silver.

Three people in the world (dead or alive), who would you have lunch with…

Oh God, this is always a difficult one and I will probably sound not very academic as I am not going to name any philosophers or uber cool designers.

George Michael – I have loved him since Wham

Jane Fonda – I think she is utterly fabulous

Ricky Gervais – he is just hilarious and totally my humour.

Styled by Create Expectations | Featuring a Loft textured rug in Icy Grey

 

Who do you Instagram stalk for style inspiration?

Mostly overseas magazines and designers.

Style by Create Expectations | Featuring a Jasmin Collection Rug

 

Kims expertise and charm is captured in a recent Sky News interview – worth a look (click play on image below).
WATCH KIM on Sky New Interview.

 

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