Octavia’s eye for interior decoration reflects her early career in the art world. After graduating from the Courtauld Institute of Art, she joined a leading international gallery, working in both contemporary and traditional painting and sculpture and with whom she moved to New York. After three years in America, she came home, and to the BBC, to make art documentaries.

Wanting to pursue a more practically creative aspect of the industry, Octavia turned her experience in the arts to a career in interior decoration. She trained with the much-lauded Cindy Leveson, working with her on projects that included the transformation of the Goodwood Estate’s House Lodge from a hunt kennels to a very comfortable, fully-staffed house that anyone can rent. She subsequently joined Flora Soames, working on both residential and large commercial assignments before setting up on her own.

Octavia’s design philosophy is that a home should reflect its owner and that it should therefore be entirely unique. That personally tailored style is nonetheless underpinned by her own understanding of colour, scene and harmony. Knowing that the success of every interior depends on the often-unnoticed fine detail, Octavia is committed to sourcing and working with the very best artisans and craftsmen to realise the most beautiful results. She is available for both consultancy work and comprehensive projects, from conception to completion.

Octavia Dickinson