Interior designer Katharine Pooley, known for designing many prestigious homes and her international clientele, gets up close and personal with us.

What gets you out of bed in the mornings?
Normally, it would be my kids at six in the morning!

What’s the best way to fall asleep?
I tend to work late, after everyone has gone to sleep. The only way I relax and wind down is to watch a video or a TV series. I usually sleep between midnight and one.

Name one cause you support and why.
The Elephant Trust. Elephants are the world’s greatest and gentlest giants and they desperately need our help right now!

Name one design style that you never want to see again.
The ’60s are not too hot in my opinion. Glad that it’s over.

Describe your personal design style.
My style varies according to my mood – much to my husband’s frustration! But for my houses, I enjoy a look that is comfortable and timeless.

Name your favourite pet.
Piglet my jack russell was, without a doubt, the most important thing in my life. Unfortunately, he passed away in January at the age of 19. He was my shadow and would follow me everywhere.

What’s the last picture you took with your mobile device?

A photo taken of me and my boys walking along a beach – we didn’t know it was being taken, so it shows a relaxed personal touch which I love.

Which natural element are you drawn to?
Mountains – it’s the place where no one can find me and I enjoy taking the time to think and reflect.

Describe your fondest memory as a child.
Christmas as a family, around a big fire and singing carols. We have a big family so this was very magical for me.

What would your last meal on earth be?
That would be a good English roast.