Posted by Devenia Besant on 26 Apr 2020

Due to “lock down” and spending more time than ever in our homes I’m sure there are a lot of us thinking about what we would like to change in our homes, how our homes could work better for us for family life etc.  Earlier this year Kat and I visited interior designer Alex Dauley’s house to check out her work first hand and I’ve got to say I’ve been plotting when I can move in ever since 🙂 Alex has definitely practised what she has preached in regards to creating the perfect space for family living.  I caught up with Alex again recently (over the phone) which is always a pleasure and we spoke about all sorts as always but she also agreed to send me some info on her steps to follow for interior design, which I’m now passing on to you…

Firstly a bit about Alex:

My name is Alexandria Dauley, Interior Designer and owner of Dauley Design, Interior Design and Build company. I am always amazed that people dive into decorating a space purely based on what they would like it to look like at the end, which of course is the ultimate goal, a space that reflects you through the selection of colours, furniture, accessories etc. However, there are some key questions to ask and steps that you need to follow to achieve a great space.

Now these are the Interior Design steps Alex has suggested to follow:

Ask yourself 6 Key Questions

Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?


Who are you designing the space for? Who is going to be using it? How old are they? The needs and personalities of the people using the space will help you determine what is needed in the room. For instance, if the main chef in your house has back issues, do they need a cooker at a raised height to minimise bending?


This will help you establish what you need in each space? What do you do in the space? Does your living room need to work as a TV room, office, dining room and reading room? If so, each element needs to be catered for.


When will you be using the room? This will help you decide on colours and lighting. If your living room is only used in the evening when you have artificial light switched on this will influence your choice of colour and lighting maybe opting for a darker scheme.


Where will you shop for all the items you need? Start by making a list of all the pieces you need then putting a budget next to them, this then gives you an overall budget for each room. Once you have a budget you can shortlist any shops or suppliers who sells items within those budgets making shopping much more streamlined and time efficient.


Are you redesigning for you to live in and enjoy or to add value to sell the property? Ultimately you should design for your own lifestyle and taste but remember items such as built in storage and well laid out and quality kitchens and bathrooms are desirable for future homeowners.


Once you have set out the above now you need to work out “how” to approach the project. Start by getting a budget spreadsheet and list all of the costs, work out whether this a phased project? Find a trusted and recommended contractor, look at their work and seek at least 3 quotes.

I hope that if you are planning your own redecoration these tips can help you. If this leaves you feeling daunted, enlisting a professional Interior Designer will help you navigate all of the above steps in much greater detail, creating the design, sourcing the materials and furniture and project co-ordinating contractors and trades on your behalf.

Some great tips thank you Alex 🙂 and I hope this helps with anyone thinking about interior design for their home.

If you would like to find out more about Alex and her services you can contact her via email at visit her website or follow her Instagram for some fabulous interior inspiration

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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