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PROJECT TYPE: Interior sourcing and styling for student accommodation

PROJECT LOCATION: Colchester, Essex

All photographs by Lucy Swainsbury @snapdragonstudio


Having completed the build of new student accommodation, my client wanted several rooms to be fitted out and styled ready for marketing photography. With an agreed budget, I was to source and purchase all loose furniture, fixtures and fittings, co-ordinate specific design elements within the project and complete project in time for the photographer. 


I liaised with the client, architect, subcontractors and project managers to agree on the schedule, budget and desired outcomes. A specification had been produced by Suna Interior Design and we were tasked with taking this from the planning stage through to fruition.


The project involved working with subcontractors to keep to the budget and that the brief was followed. I also dealt with Building Control administration.


A shared kitchen in student accommodation in Colchester, Essex. The kitchen units are black with a stainless steel worktop. The table in the foreground is laid with woven placemats, white crockery and a vase of flowers.
A row of colourful striped deckchairs in a gym which has been set up as a cinema room in student accommodation in Colchester, Essex.


I sourced and oversaw the delivery and installation of all furniture and fittings. When it came to a vanity unit for the communal toilets, nothing fitted the bill, so I designed a bespoke solution. I also designed interior and exterior signage for the project.


I styled the accommodation blocks to optimise space and created a practical and appealing space for students to work, sleep and socialise. I then worked with the photographer to produce images for marketing.


Client testimonial

“Alix was confident and competent in all aspects of the Avon Way interior design project. She understood the project and our objectives and worked with great initiative to deliver exactly what we wanted. Her organisational skills, creative flair and ability to work with others brought the project in on time and budget. The images look amazing and helped us to effectively market the accommodation.”

— Chris Swainsbury, Director of Beyond the Box Developments Ltd

The Hub and main entrance of student accommodation in Colchester, Essex. The image shows various seating areas and the main receprion desk in the background.
Meeting and study area in student accommodation in Colchester, Essex. The image shows study nooks to the back of. the image and a social seating area to the front.

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Please call Alix Stoney

on 07747 555879 to discuss your project requirements or use my contact form.

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