In this weeks blog post we caught up with Kelly Bell an interior designer covering the Yorkshire region, we caught up with Kelly to find out more about her and her business, covering how Covid-19 has affected her and where she sees the property market.
Can you tell us about yourself and how you got into your current role and what you like about your job?
I started in the Industry at the age of 18, working a large Architectural practice in Leeds as a Interior Design apprentice, I attended Leeds Art College part time whilst I learnt my trade working on live projects, I was very fortunate – this doesn’t happen anymore!.
I worked on various projects including Hotels, Hospitals, Leisure projects, residential developments and lots of commercial office interiors.
It soon became apparent as years went by that I was a very creative leader within the businesses that I worked in, this lead me into the Creative Design director job Roles. I then became an integral part of the Leeds property design hub, working and creating new residential and commercial schemes that were all design lead and very forward thinking. I love to push boundaries in anything I'm involved with, which includes creating new business ideas and inspirational design through to unique and outstanding homes. Unlike most Interior designers, I do not only specialise in one sector, I have 23 years’ experience in so many sectors, I have been fortunate to work on amazing projects, I like to blend all the environments, material and products into each other.
What is that your company currently does and what sets them apart from their competitors?
We are Interior experts, we cover all elements of Interior design for both residential projects and commercial projects. I am from a fit out background, I love to refurbish and thrive on challenging buildings and spaces.
I believe our experience, friendly and honest approach to projects helps us gain our great reputation, However what stands us out from the crowd is our innovative way that we approach design, and as we are design and build experts, we are very commercially minded, we know what things cost to build and furnish – we are creators… yet keep it real !
How has Covid-19 affected the company?
It has effected every business in some way, shape or form, some positive and unfortunately not so good for others. For Kudos ID we have gained much more residential projects to work on. Commercial organisations are re thinking and strategizing as they are unsure of what the market place looks like and what the future of the workplace will be.
What would you say your local property is like at the moment?
I live in North Leeds and have seen a lot of sale activity within the residential market, which is very positive. I have seen however the commercial market dip, which is understandable. The retail buildings are becoming more empty as the high streets suffer further. I think the out of town office parks that were once dying will possibly now come back to life as people want to travel more freely, flexible working is now the buzz word. The property market will shift and mould to the new demands of how we now live and work thanks to covid.
Can anything be done to help the property sector at this moment in time?
I think the government are trying to help and come up with new planning conditions, new permitted development rules etc which impacts retail buildings and adding extra levels to existing buildings. This shows they are trying to promote development.
We are now living in uncertain times. Blue sky thinking is needed by everyone within the property market.
Do you think Covid-19 will have a lasting affect on the property market?
Yes, absolutely!. We are now tech ready, working from home experts. We can even home school and juggle our lives at the same time. Employers have had no choice but to trust their staff and encourage flexibility. This means we have new demands on our homes and our workplaces. Home study rooms will become a must moving forward. We have proved we are just as effective working from home as we are in a crowded office, we have proved that no matter what generation we fall into we can all now use zoom or similar and have been forced to embrace technology. I think the homes of the future will become more technology and workspace friendly. I think workplaces of the future will be less populated, smaller floor plates , yet more collaboration spaces and tech ready.
Where do you see yourself and the company this time next year?
As everyone else out there at the moment, we are remaining lean and pushing through and upholding our creative and honest reputation. We look forward to more collaboration with the property world. We have some amazing projects coming up next year that will keep us busy!. The main thing for me personally is that we keep creating great spaces for everyone to love.
You can find out more about Kelly and her company Kudos ID here www.kudosid.com.