Meet Mila Podiablonska…
London based interior designer at Absolute Interior Decor. Discover where she finds her inspiration,
her tips for becoming an interior designer and how jewellery fits into her working lifestyle.
We see you’ve brought an assistant with you… who’s this little one?
This is my little buddy, Gordon. He’s a Chihuahua and goes everywhere with me. He’s really excited for the shoot and has been dying to meet the Lola Rose team!
Tell us about the most memorable moment in your career to date…
I graduated from Art School at the age of 21, a little unsure as to what to do with my degree! I tentatively embarked on my first Interior Design role, it was epic! I’ve had many memorable moments since then, but I will never forget the moment when I was listed among worldwide Interior Design Leaders in the Interior Design Yearbook, the bible for professional Interior Designers. They included a beautiful five-page article about my international trend design work and since then, I have been very fortunate to have had around 25 publications write articles about my work.
Where do you seek inspiration and creativity in the city of London?
London is the perfect city for a designer. You can find inspiration almost anywhere. Visiting open houses or stately homes, walking the streets of the capital and observing the contrasting styles of architecture from Victorian to modern. When time permits, I love nothing more than visiting the Tate Modern, where I easily lose track of time and restore my creative juices.
Who are your favourite Interior Designers and why?
There are a lot of very talented interior designers that I admire. One of most inspiring to me is Christian Liaigre, a French designer known for his simplicity, harmony and beauty of design. He has conceived homes for Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Bryan Adams, François Nars and Kenzo, as well as designing many beautiful hotels and restaurants. Each of his projects are a timeless piece of art.
What is the best style advice you have ever received?
When I was attending Design School, I learnt to never mix grey and brown together when designing and decorating a home and I still follow this rule. I bring my love for colour into my wardrobe and accessories where I don’t follow any rules – I just love to make a statement.
How does jewellery fit into your working lifestyle?
I always like to look my very best whether at work or play…it boosts my confidence. I need my jewellery to fit into my every day lifestyle, whether that’s a design meeting or a site visit surrounded by construction work, jewellery is the perfect finishing touch to any look.
What advice would you give to aspiring Interior Designers?
Be the very best you can be, every day. It’s a competitive market out there, and the only way to stand out is to have passion and love for the subject. See design as a calling, not a career.
And finally, do you have a favourite LR piece?
Oh yes! I’m completely obsessed with the Curio Collection. I have the Diamond Pave Letter Charm in ‘M’ – It’s personal to me and I love how the diamonds sparkle in a subtle way making this the perfect accessory for everyday.
Mila styles some of next seasons pieces. Keep your eyes peeled! Meanwhile…
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