Global Inspirations Design is more than a name, it’s my story
Growing up in an artistic and creative family in Switzerland, creativity has always been part of my life. As a young girl I regularly used to change the layout and design of my room, experimenting with styles ranging from Pop Art to Laura Ashley. With my dad’s help I learned how to measure a room and draw it to scale from a young age. This inner desire for change and variety also made me want to explore the world. I started doing so by spinning my globe, randomly putting my finger on the map with my eyes closed and imagining what people and life would be like in those far away places. At the risk of revealing my age, the atlas soon became one of my favourite books. So much so, that already at the age of 12 I announced to my mom, that I wanted to live (not just visit) in every single country in the world. Somewhat amused, she told me that I may have set the bar a bit too high and suggested I better get started soon. And so I did.
How Tom Cruise changed my life
As a teenager I spent a year in the United States of America as an exchange student in a small town outside of Saint Paul, Minnesota. After this first outlandish experience there was no stopping me. Back in Switzerland and after completing my A-levels (Matura) in languages, I did a couple of internships in the French speaking Swiss Alps and Southern France. Just before my 20th birthday, I watched the movie ‘Cocktail’ with Tom Cruise in the lead and it would forever change my life. Seeing those white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and waterfalls of Jamaica, I knew that is where I wanted to live. Shortly after I was en route to my first, but certainly not last Caribbean adventure.
Travel, luxury hotels and interior design
Spending two fabulous years in Jamaica, working in hotels, I decided to study at the Swiss School of Tourism and thereafter pursued a very rich and successful career in the global hotel industry. Working for hotel brands such as Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt had me moving from the Caribbean to the Middle East and back to Europe. I have moved 25 times and always made sure my home was my sanctuary. Having a place that felt like ‘home’ was crucial for me to be able to go out into the world and be my best possible self in this very demanding career.
During those years I also traveled extensively for leisure and for business to more than 50 countries. Over the years I had the opportunity to stay at countless luxury, boutique and design hotels, such as The Carlyle in New York, Las Ventanas Los Cabos, Park Hyatt Milan and One & Only Royal Mirage to name a few. This soon made me realise that I didn’t just want to enjoy beautiful spaces, but create them. So I decided to venture into the unknown and enrolled for a Diploma Course in Interior Design with the world-renowned London based KLC School of Design.
My first project and my first design award
Whilst studying I was given the opportunity to design an entire villa in the British Virgin Islands, where I was living at the time and ended up winning ‘The Most Stylish Kitchen in the Virgin Islands’ Design Award for said kitchen. For personal reasons I ended up returning to Switzerland. I joined Vitra at their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, where I learned everything about design classics, famous designers and the process of furniture design and manufacturing. In early 2014 I then took the leap and launched Global Inspirations Design.
Continuous learning, exploring and growing
Fast forward to today, I have had the pleasure to design and transform many homes, including new builds, renovations, kitchens, bathrooms and living space with interior design projects all over Switzerland, France, London and in the Caribbean.
I continuously seek inspiration in nature, whilst travelling or by attending design shows, such as Milan Design Week. This allows me to keep up with the latest interior design trends, discover new suppliers and products from across the globe and also learn about the most recent innovations in the design industry.
I like to refer to my style as ‘Modern Contemporary with a Touch of Nostalgia’. I have been nicknamed the ‘Queen of Turquoise’ for my love of the colour, which makes me reminisce of the Caribbean Sea.
The desire to marry my experience and love for hotels with my passion for interior design made me launch my blog, where I write about some of the most beautiful and unique hotels in Switzerland and beyond and where I share my inspirations, thoughts and insights about interior design from all over the world. Having received several nominations and blog awards, keeps me motivated to continue writing for my readers across the globe.
To be continued…