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The good thing of coming out of your comfort zone

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2023

Over the years, I have worked for various companies with different values and approaches. Throughout this journey, I have remained steadfast in my commitment to bringing my expertise and experience to the table while remaining true to my identity as a creative designer and my passions.


Sometimes, I have found projects that do not necessarily align with my personal style or preferences. However, I firmly believe that the hallmark of a good designer lies in their ability to zoom out, understand their clients' needs, and bring their unique visions to life. 

Back in Portugal I had the luck to land my first job as an interior designer in a studio that was exactly in line with what I love about interiors. The desire of coming to London though was always on the back of my mind and so when the time came I took the chance without looking back.


Hatch Interiors presented a new and unfamiliar world to me compared to what I had been used to in Portugal.
The size and speed of everything in this country seem overwhelming at times, but my enthusiasm to learn and embrace the London way of life was unmatched. During my time here, there was a particular project that left a lasting impression on me. Despite being outside of my comfort zone, this project had aspects that made me fall in love with it. 


Inspired by the iconic post-war building in London - Balfron Tower, this project was designed to reflect the mid-century colour palette used at the time whilst giving a nod to the architect, Erno Goldfinger. A classic colour scheme featuring shades of navy blue and tan are complemented by the richness of dark oak and copper accents, resulting in an exquisitely designed interior that is both visually appealing and enduring.


Undoubtedly, the quick turnaround time for this project added an extra layer of excitement and urgency to the process.

In reflecting back on my experience with this project,
I recognise that it pushed me to grow in new ways. Even though it was initially outside of my comfort zone, I came away from the project feeling inspired and proud of what the team and I were able to achieve.

The journey has not always been smooth, and in the beginning of my career, it was quite confusing and frustrating as I sought to understand my identity as a designer, my role in serving others in a company environment, and match the client's expectations. But as I have grown and developed my passion, I have learned to balance all the different elements and create truly wonderful designs that bring joy and fulfilment not only to me, but also to others.

"Hold the vision, trust the process"

You can find more on my social media - @ccarrico.interiors

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