An Interview with Rohini Wahi

Posted on 24 February 2017

We caught up with Rohini Wahi, an interiors journalist, trend forecaster and one of the first to set up an interior design blog in the UK, to find out what we should be keeping an eye out for this season ...

It seemed to be pineapple, palm prints and flamingoes were everywhere last year. What style do you think will be a big hit this summer? 
I’m seeing a lot of polka dots with a twist on textiles and on tableware - scattered ones, painterly ones, irregular sized ones - it’s the enduring charm of the polka dot but with a fresh take.

Where is your favourite spot in London for inspiration?
Lately I’ve been loving the basement floor of Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road - it has a cafe and a study room vibe - i’ve often found myself working from there in between meetings. The basement floor is where all the art books are and there are so many gems - inspiration that you just can’t find from browsing the internet… last time I found an eccentric pop-up book of interiors by the Parisian Macaron brand Laduree - it was like Alice in Wonderland meets Mary Antoinette…. 

What do you find most challenging about your work?
I’m lucky that my work is pretty varied - one day I’ll be working on a shopping feature, one day a trends project and one day an inspiring newsletter for Napeansea. It can sometimes be challenging to constantly find new inspiration and generate new ideas - but then I take myself away to do something different - like take my little girl to the Museum of Childhood for some escapism!

You are often on the go, travelling to different shows and new product launches, what are your top tips for those trying to balance being a parent whilst working with a hectic freelance schedule? 
Accept and embrace the chaos! I’ve got no constructive tips on doing it all except that this lifestyle is a mindset - be flexible and relaxed, factor in plenty of time for if things don’t go to plan. Children are resilient - if an afternoon is spent in front of the TV so you can finish a  deadline - don’t feel guilty - you can spend the next morning doing something all about them. If you are a happy fulfilled parent then you will have a happy fulfilled child.

You also run your own online store  'Napeansea' with your Mother, if you had to pick what would be your top 3 favourite pieces from the store and why? 
I love our Dabu Print Kantha Bed Jacket a double delight of Indigo, chevron and flower prints are skilfully hand kantha stitched together in white thread. Our Hand Block Printed Star Runner is perfect for all seasons but especially for Christmas is our duo fabric table runner in softest cotton and raw silk. Finally, our Block Print Waffle Razai’s replicate the nostalgia of Indian winters enveloped in the softest quilts that so well made have withstood the test of time.


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