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Relationship: Client
Project Date: May 2016
Project Price: £10,000 – £49,999
Celia refurbished my whole flat. It had been poorly done before and needed a lot of work to turn it into something nice... It's turned out to be more beautiful than I could have imagined!

It was wonderful to work with such a creative individual. Celia was someone I could trust and with whom I would definitely work again. Everything was perfect, from staircase design, kitchen design, colour scheme, right down to the radiators... Everything made sense. It was collaborative too - she listened, she worked with us and allowed us to be a part of it. Great communication and the choice of contractors were brilliant particularly.

Cannot recommend Celia highly enough!

Relationship: Client
Project Date: May 2014
Project Price: £10,000 – £49,999
I instructed Celia James on the recommendation of another interior designer. The project was to decorate the hall, stairs and landings, and the master bedroom, of a three storey Victorian terrace. Her brief was a challenge due to budget constraints, and the need to incorporate certain pieces which I wanted to keep, including lots of artwork. In addition, there was the difficulty of creating sufficient wardrobe space for two people.

I heartily recommend Celia James. She has a great eye for colour and is intensely practical. My builder, a qualified surveyor, worked directly from her plans, and regularly sought her advice. She was a delight to work with, and, importantly, set out what she would do, and did it. She is a real pro, and her ability to think outside the box gave me a beautiful bedroom and hall. I am very happy with the results. Having instructed other interior designers on both sides of the Atlantic, Celia is definitely the best of the lot.

Relationship: Client
Project Date: January 2012
Project Price: £10,000 – £49,999
Celia is an extremely thoughtful and meticulous designer. Her attention to detail gives complete confidence that she will get the job done to the highest standard.

I'm always impressed with how she overcomes obstacles with a practical and creative approach. Her work clearly demonstrates her depth of experience and the fantastic team she has built up around her with quality and reliable tradespeople.

Celia doesn't cut corners and insists on finishes to be immaculate which is rare these days. She is able to execute technical drawings which is also a rarity is and has been invaluable on plethora occasions.

Susie Carr
Relationship: Client
Project Date: April 2013
Project Price: £10,000 – £49,999
Celia James has designed rooms in our house, bathrooms and kitchen, and advised us regarding decor in others. Her flair, imagination, product knowledge and ability to listen to our requirements and work within our budge has enabled us to achieve a beautiful home.

Relationship: I hired this professional designer
Project Date: October 2010
Project Price: > than £100,000
Celia James refurbished my home in Wimbledon Village. It was a nine months labour that was completed on schedule and within budget. Her input involved some structural work, dealing with the utility providers to bring in new mains supplies, designing the lighting, staircase, large kitchen, utility room, two bathrooms, decorating inside and out as well as soft furnishings and garden landscaping.

Celia is very creative and she brought great style and colour to the house. She is also meticulous in her planning and project management.

Relationship: Client
Project Date: March 2015
Project Price: £1,000 – £9,999
I was so happy with the results of the last job I hired Celia for, I enlisted her to help with my new apartment. Again not disappointed, very helpful in establishing the brief and highly professional in executing it. Highly recommended.

Relationship: Client
Project Date: January 2015
Project Price: > than £100,000
My husband and I built a house in Canada whilst living in England and I needed a professional to plan, draw and specify 5 bathrooms and an open-plan kitchen.
Celia did a fantastic job, with duplicate plans, full specification, all available in Canada and easily translated to plumbers in Canada.
We had no problems or queries as everything had been fully researched and everything was built exactly as I had wanted and Celia had planned.
I would always use Celia as she is highly professional and incredibly down to earth and listens to the brief but is happy to give suggestions when she feels it's needed.
I have hired Celia again for a second consultation regarding a house we are refurbishing in London. Her advice re the design of the kitchen, a lighting consultation and honest advice regarding various other problems has been invaluable and eased the potential problems between architect's advice, not always practical and common sense. Her sense of what is possible and sensible has made it much easier to take decisions and I value her advice greatly.

Relationship: Client
Project Date: September 2006
Project Price: £10,000 – £49,999
Celia was asked to provide a design for decorating, fully furnishing and dressing a City of London apartment for a busy male professional and, in due course, commissioned to implement the solution. This was completed on time and within budget. The difference with Celia for me, was that I had full confidence in a successful outcome.


Based in London Celia James is a past Director of the British Institute of Interior Design and was a part-time tutor at the well respected Inchbald School of Design.

Capable of designing in both traditional and contemporary styles her experience spans almost 30 years during which time she has produced solutions for all aspects of domestic design, retail showrooms, restaurants and concepts for property developers.