Caroline Holdaway Design Caroline Holdaway Design: Interior Design

Eckensfield: South Downs flint house interior
Caroline Holdaway

I am an interior designer and project co coordinator focussing on creating houses that people really can feel at home in.

I started my professional life as an actress and in the early days of my career I had the good fortune to meet a young theatre designer by the name of Bob Crowley. It is he who subsequently afforded me my first opportunity to work as an interior designer / project coordinator.

I have since carried on that working relationship into three projects with Bob collaborating on his London home, his design studio in Clerkenwell and his West Cork retreat – heading the teams responsible for reinventing these challenging spaces.

My work as an interior designer has largely constituted creating homes for private clients with exacting standards, most of whom are from the world of the arts, all of whom have looked to me to bring to them a home that feels like theirs.

I am privileged to work in close association with an Architectural Technologist Mike Etchingham of Etchingham Morris Architecture Ltd. who brings all the technical skills to bear that each of my projects require. The collaboration has proven itself over many and broad–ranging projects, large and small.

I have chosen to keep my practice small - it is the way I like to work - concentrated and precise. I enjoy the intimate relationship with a client unravelling and interpreting how they wish to live. I view every job as a joint achievement of thought and ideas refined between client, myself and the team who carry out the work.

My aim is a combination of careful restoration of what is original and good about a building supported by respectful alteration when called for. I am not a showman, and prefer not to use showmanship in my work.

I believe honesty and sincerity should shine through the materials used in a house, and they should always be in harmony with its architecture. A hallmark of my work is the use of reclaimed materials where I can, and I enjoy the challenge of finding exactly the right thing.

I love colour, and encourage clients to live with it. It brings joy and I believe reinventing a home should be a joyful venture.

Eckensfield: South Downs flint house interior


An 18th century brick and flint house set in farmland of the South Downs National Park.

Mullions: Cotswold cottage interior


An 18th century Cotswold stone country retreat set in the Windrush Valley.