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Sandy Humby, Kingston - Surrey's best interior designers

PUBLISHED: 18:25 16 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:16 20 February 2013

Sandy Humby, Kingston - Surrey's best interior designers

Sandy Humby, Kingston - Surrey's best interior designers

Our homes hold the stories of our lives, but is yours a healthy house with good energy levels that promote a feeling of harmony? This month, we meet an interior designer who creates all her designs according to the principles of feng shui

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2011

Our homes hold the stories of our lives, but is yours a healthy house with good energy levels that promote a feeling of harmony? This month, we meet an interior designer who creates all her designs according to the principles of feng shui

Interview by Janet Donin

It was while Sandy Humby was designing couture wedding dresses that she first became interested in alternative therapies, which led to a life-changing decision.

Well, I couldnt see myself sitting behind a sewing machine forever, laughs the 56-year-old interior designer, who is based in Kingston.

But with her holistic outlook, she is no ordinary designer, and alongside good design, she searches for the best flow of energy in a space by following the principles of feng shui.

I look at the best woods and finishes for furniture, soft furnishings and lighting, as well as the perfect colours, to ensure that the maximum chi (energy) is created within the home, says Sandy. That way, the well-being of the client is optimised in every way.

Its a radical concept, but for anyone who has picked up good or bad vibes in a home, its also totally believable.

For bathrooms, Sandy chooses natural limestone or travertine for a feeling of calm; in a bedroom, she always places the bed against a substantial wall and never facing a window to create balance and harmony; and, for the living room, shell choose a palette of colours to enhance your well-being.

When we feel relaxed in a space, our energy fields can expand and recharge, she says. This enables us to be more effective in our work, more content in our rest and more available for fun in play.

Well, its hard to argue with that!

In my view...

What is it that you love most about your home?
The light and the sun streaming through my windows.

Tell us the best thing about your job?
Meeting people, listening and helping them create healthy, happy and inspiring places.

How do you like to relax?
Capturing life through a camera lens; Kew Gardens is a favourite.

Is there anything you couldnt do without in life?
My coffee press!

Whats the next thing you will buy for your home?
New bedside lamps Ive not seen anything thats just right yet.

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