March 04, 2010
interior designer romaine alwill
It's always interesting what stands the test of time when it comes to design. Looking over images of Romaine Alwill's styling from when she worked at Belle magazine, I'm impressed by how stunning and thoughtful the images are - still. Now, she's gone full circle and returned more to her area of study - interior architecture - with her company Alwill, a business she runs with her sister Nadine.
Which five words best describe you? Ooh - this is hard... curious, motivated (or workaholic), energetic, easy going (I hope!), efficient.
What was your first career job and what path have you taken since? After graduating from university the first job I really enjoyed was as interior design editor at Belle magazine, which I did for five years. It exposed me to so many aspects of the industry. It wasn't a conventional role to take after studying interior architecture but it was creatively very satisfying.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Trust your instincts and stand your ground.
What’s your proudest career achievement? I feel like there is still so much to learn, so I hope that it is still ahead!
What’s been your best decision? Starting my own business and having a family. There are challenges but they are worth it!
Who inspires you? People who are open to allowing new creativity and ideas to flourish + fine craftsmen.
What are you passionate about? Travelling and seeing other cultures.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Anastasia, daughter of the Tsar of Russia. I'm fascinated by that story.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? To have "alwill" as a total lifestyle company.
What are you reading? I just had a baby so there isn't much time for reading so I have a short book called The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet.
images courtesy of romaine alwill