Interior designer Clare Winchester is originally from Cardiff and grew up by the sea in beautiful west Wales. She was educated in the UK and graduated from Cambridge (French and English Literature, History of Art) and from Chelsea College of Art, London (Interior Design). Clare has since lived and worked for over twenty years as a professional interior designer in France, London, Hampshire and the USA. She now lives on the Wales-England border.
From an early age Clare learnt to appreciate art and antiques by accompanying her parents on their visits to art galleries and auctions. She spent many of her childhood Saturdays perched on a piece of furniture in the local antiques auction house, watching the bidding with growing fascination, all the while developing her own intuitive sense of taste, a keen eye for quality and for price.
Clare’s very earliest ambition was to become a fashion designer. 'But by her own admission, she was more interested in her Sindy doll’s dressing-table stool (French Rococo style - white and gold plastic - with a charming pink gingham seat cover) than she was in her outfits.
Clare’s interior design projects have ranged from an industrial tobacco warehouse conversion in the USA to a 15th century long house in Surrey, and from large country houses in America and England to little seaside cottages in Wales. As well as working for private clients, Clare has also been commissioned to design the interiors of show houses and apartments for both UK and US property developers.