Holistic living and combining all aspects of wellbeing into your lifestyle is a big focus at the moment and many businesses are starting to follow suit. But with interior designer Anna Grace-Davidson it’s more than that.
As a self-confessed spiritualist and deeply symbolic person, Grace-Davidson creates homes that speak to the person who lives there and makes them perfectly individual to live in. After all, a home should be entirely moulded around its owner.
Anna Casa Interiors ensures that each design element is thoughtfully considered to deliver design solutions of an exceptional standard, which result in a functional interior that is truly individual. Based in the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, luxury is at the heart of what she delivers. But contrary to popular belief, luxury doesn’t have to mean stark, soulless and impersonal spaces.
Having been born in Kiev when it was still a part of the Soviet Union, Grace-Davidson moved to and grew up in Berlin, where she discovered a passion for art history, interior and graphic design. As she moved around a lot in her life, home has always been very important to her.
‘My parents taught me to make sure your home was always beautiful, no matter where you were,’ she says. ‘Home was really important to us, and it always had to be cosy.’ Therefore, making a space feel homely is important to Grace-Davidson as she completely understands that a house is someone’s safe place, their stability – as it was for her growing up.
Interior design has to reflect the person. Collect objects that inspire you and display them, whether it’s photo frames, vintage mirrors unique pieces from your travels or even books
‘It has to reflect the person,’ she says. ‘Collect objects that inspire you and display them, whether it is photo frames, vintage mirrors unique pieces from your travels or even books. For me, I love using a coffee table book of stunning photography as an accessory. Leave it open on a beautiful nature inspired page, which you can change often to update the look.’
She works hard to make sure that she gets the full story for a client, so that she can ensure that their personality shows through the designs. ‘I like to make it very, very personal unless I’m working on a specific brief for a developer,’ she says. ‘A home is an interesting job because you need to make sure it works for the person who is going to live in it.’
The most important aspect for Grace-Davidson is that she has to feel the space and understand the architecture and the meaning behind it first. ‘Then the lighting is really important to me too, and then the details of the family or person who owns it,’ she says. ‘They all have to work together, there has to be a balance and it has to be understood from all perspectives.’ Balance is important to Grace-Davidson, and there is a certain balance between how she confronts both high-end, luxury and accessibility.
Having closed her high-end Mayfair showroom recently that focused on one particular niche, she is concentrating on making good interior design and great home wares more accessible for everyone.
‘I’m launching an online store very soon, and this is where I’m going to be launching my first vintage collection,’ she says. ‘I travel all over the world and I love visiting vintage antique markets and I like to find little shops with unique, local artists. I want to bring these products together and that’s what the new online shop will do – it will be all about home.’
It’s fair to say that Mayfair has provided Grace-Davidson with a hub for her creativity and her business for years, and even though the showroom has closed, she still spends a lot of her time there.
‘There is a lot of inspiration there with the shops and the high-end market,’ she says. ‘A lot of my clients love Mayfair and my showroom may not have closed for good, there could be another in the area one day.’
While on the topic of possible new beginnings, what would she recommend for people wanting to spruce up their homes for summer? ‘I would always start with a spring clean – I love nothing more than to de-clutter my home,’ smiles Grace-Davidson.
‘I believe in energy and feng shui and make sure the organisation is the best it can be. From there, you can add flowers, accessories that are brighter and swap scents like candles for softer, lighter fragrances.’