Starting the process
Jon found us on Instagram and enquired about our online interior design service. Jon and Jasmine then submitted their room design brief online and were matched with Lucy, our Head of Interior Design. Our design service process was kicked off with a phone call to dig a little deeper into what Jasmine was looking for in terms of style and functionality.
Lucy worked with Jasmine to come up with a look that was both beautiful AND as cruelty-free as possible. The design process is super collaborative, sharing layout and design ideas throughout to ensure both Lucy and Jasmine are both on the same page and when the final design is issued, the only surprises are pleasant ones!
We have created over 1000 room designs for clients, but a totally vegan makeover was a first for us, however, we do love a challenge and we were sure to not compromise on style.
Designing a vegan room
Key considerations included avoiding feather-filled cushions, furniture with bee's wax and wool (the likes of wool mix fabrics and rugs). Also, lots of pain isn't vegan either, so we had to research that too.
It's difficult to have a completely vegan interior as there are so many animal products used, such as in the glue that holds lots of furniture together. We didn't go as far as checking the glue in each furniture piece, for example, but the materials of the products we suggested were all considered.
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Read Jasmine's 11 considerations to be aware of when designing a vegan home:
'Trying to avoid down is possibly the most difficult as many sofas and armchairs come with pre-stuffed cushions. I wouldn't use down because many birds are plucked repeatedly whilst alive, causing considerable pain and distress. Some of these birds are in the Foie Gras industry and are doubly abused. The alternative to live plucked down is taken from birds at slaughter, which is obviously a no go as well.'
5. Sofas & armchairs
6. Recycled items
7. Upcycling & vintage items
10. Blankets & throws
11. Paint colours
Upon completion of the design with Lucy, Jasmine was presented with a room design complete with a mood board, 2D visual, annotated floor plan and a personalised, virtual shopping list abundant in vegan home products and alternatives so Jasmine can swap them in and out as she pleases!
Once Jasmine and Jon confirmed their favourite items in each category, they then used our free personal shopping service to order all their beautiful furniture and bring the design to life in their gorgeous home.
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"We were delighted with the result. I don't know if it's physically possible to guarantee everything is completely vegan and there's always a chance that something may have fallen through the net, but working with My Bespoke Room made it as vegan-friendly as possible." - Jasmine Harman