That good old adage: Fortune favours the bold *interior designer*

Yes, that applies to me ladies and gentlemen (well, either bold or dumb…), one accountant waving bye-bye to the humdrum and rather brown existence that I am currently leading during my professional life, and moving into trying my hand at my lifelong passion, interior design.  After 4 years working as an accountant in London and Grand Cayman I am off to explore pastures new, with not a small amount of trepidation and panic to boot…
Now don’t take this the wrong way any accountants out there, I did enjoy my first job in this profession very much but have come to the conclusion that it simply is not for me.  So here’s to never again having to suffer pervy partners, nasty co-workers, miserable offices that are so ugly they make my eyes bleed or being so bored I want to poke said eyes out with my biro for entertainment.  My elation upon handing in my notice was tangible, and today is officially my final day of accounting-dom.
Now I believe that this new venture of mine into a brave new world shall, true to usual form,  likely go one of two ways: either it will be a rip-roaring success that will swoosh me into a fabulous new land of show rooms, wonderful armchairs and lanterns (oh, I do love armchairs and lanterns), meeting a bunch of wonderful and interesting people, and never again having to think about accrued interest and the like, or it will be a totally miserable disaster leaving me pining for the days of old where the worst thing that could have happened to me would be to be given a week’s worth of delightful billing to process…
However, as a good friend of mine pointed out recently, fortune does indeed favour the bold and not the wimpy, and I shall be using this motto to its full over the next few years!  (Cue slightly sappy motivational posters…).

 So here’s the plan…I’m studying for a Diploma in Interior Design offered by one of the good schools in London, on an open learning basis from my base here in Cayman, and am (rather naively I suspect) expecting to be able to sail into a job from January 2011 onwards.  Now, I supposedly started the course in April this year but, due to an excess of trips away, wonderful house guests and general *Fun Stuff*, I have been a smidge remiss in keeping to my timetable.  So…I have been challenged by my boyfriend to start up this blog in order to provide a kick in the butt to get cracking!  The plan is to charter my progress from ‘Eh?!  What the f- is rendering?  And who’s a splicer??’ to fully fledged Interior Design Goddess.

I’m not sure if you agree this is what an Interior Design Goddess looks like (!) but it’s what I imagined when I just wrote that sentence…!  Anyway, whether or not anyone apart from my Mum will actually care enough to read this I do not know, but as far as I’m concerned a challenge is a challenge and I don’t seem to be able to let this one slide! 
So stay tuned for blogging covering topics ranging from (I hope) inspired island style living and household vignettes to travel, design tips, outdoors ideas, design inspirations, general *Pretty Things* as well as my progression towards (hopefully!) Interior Design Goddess. 
I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty much petrified so wish me luck please as I step out into the unknown – take a deep breath, here goes… (eeek).


  1. Laura McCullough says:

    Well done Elly and Good Luck! What a fantastic start to your blog. Edna Woolman Chase said “Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess” And you have bags of the latter – I can’t wait to see what comes next…

  2. Kim says:

    yay! a blog! this is super awesome and i look forward to tracking you on your progress toward design goddess of the world (i added that last part).

  3. saagar says:

    good on you for ditching security in favour of fullfillment. I’m afraid your toughest aesthetic challenge lays ahead of you… namely: Al. Your man needs your help! Gray hair and closet full of pink shirts is no way to go through life!

  4. Alistair says:

    An excellent first post – I am happy to have inspired such genius! As agreed, once you make it big I shall retire to a life of indulgence and luxury, in our splendidly designed home.

    And keep in mind I’d like to retire sometime in my thirties, so get back to the studying Elly! A boozy lunch is not conducive to productivity…

    ps: Today is another pink shirt day (always a winning look). And my hair is not going grey, it has been bleached blonde by the glorious Caribbean sun.

  5. Footy Laura says:

    Wow Elly – I’m loving the blog! I’m so proud of you for taking the plunge. Keep it up and that marvellous pink dress and magic wand will be yours in no time.

    Oh, and I’m reserving you and your fabulousness for when I finally get round to buying somewhere please!

  6. Liz says:

    I was inspired very your recent postings (late 2013) to go back to the very beginning. Hope you feel extremely awed, proud and excited by your interior design path, learnings, experiments and adventures so far – you deserve to!! (cue a G+T to celebrate!)

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