Born in Paris to an American mother and Spanish father, Blanca Sanchez came to England at the age six. Growing up in Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, she used to accompany her mother to antiques auctions where her mother indulged her passion for antiques and individual pieces for the family home and her interest in interior design was born.
Blanca went on to train at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, after getting an honours degree from Durham University in Spanish with History, and after completing a postgraduate business course at South Bank University. Her interior design career started at an established interior design firm in Surrey, which she joined in their first week of business. After eleven years with them she left to start her own interior design studio, Halo Design Interiors, now award winning and expanding after 10 years.
Halo has worked on prestigious residential homes on private and Royal estates including the Crown Estate, Oxshott, St Georges Hill and The Wentworth Estate with the value of the projects handled varying from around £1 million to over £20 million. Blanca shares one of her prestigious projects with us. A family home on the blissful Cotswold shores of The Lakes by Yoo development…
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Project name: Coln Park Cotswold family home
Floor Area: 2700 square feet
Project time taken: about 12 months
Completion of Project: Autumn 2016
This brand new lakeside detached house was located in the Yoo development in the Gloucestershire countryside. The client wanted to create a rural haven away from the everyday stresses of their work and lives in Surrey, but within a relatively short enough distance, making it feasible to travel there for weekends away on a regular basis. The brief was quite open and the clients were happy to take our suggestions on board.
They wanted it to represent a change of feel from their main luxury home in Surrey. I felt that the setting dictated a certain approach, and I therefore wanted to ensure that the interiors had a connection with the rural setting. Furthermore, it needed to give a sense of calm and tranquillity, but at the same time give a sense of light-hearted fun which represented the clients and their young family and the fact it was effectively a holiday home.
What was the creation / planning process?
As I worked closely with the homeowner we were able to design a lot of bespoke pieces for nearly every room, from the bespoke bunk beds in the boys’ bedroom which included a small inter-connecting door to Sebastian’s graffiti artwork walled bedroom, to the large wooden dining table with unique base which you see as soon as you enter the house. Working so much with the owner we could tweak design details right at the last minute like the colour of the master bedroom walls for example so it was more flexible than most interior design projects in this respect.
How did the project go?
The project ran perfectly on schedule without hiccups. The only slight awkwardness was the delivery and access to the house which was off a private winding road but when you arrive at the house the view and location is what makes it so special.
What was your favorite room or part of the project and why?
My favourite room has to be the tranquil and spacious master suite occupying the entire top second floor.
Were there any issues or problems you encountered during the project?
There were no issues at all with the interior design as the building was brand new and ready to furnish.
The owners love this space and love spending weekends here as it all works so well for them.