Interview - Carly from NW3 Interiors Ltd
I was really happy to interview Carly Madhvani from NW3 Interiors. I have been following her on Instagram for a while, and think it's really cool she uses her own home as a showroom. Another Hampstead Mum has been to her home to buy some pieces from her too at discounted prices, so definitely worth a look..!
NW3 Interiors is a local interior design business run by accredited designer Carly Madhvani, mum of 2. Carly started her professional career in interiors in 1999 working with established brands to create beautiful and practical homes. NW3 Interiors provide a range of bespoke design services from furniture purchase to full scale projects, with competitive pricing whilst combining luxury and reputable high street brands to create stunning homes, on time and within budget. Carly and the team have accrued over 25 5-star-outstanding reviews on Houzz and welcome you to book in a consultation in our Hampstead Showroom.
What is your typical day like?
Hard-working ladies descend on my home by 9 am. Usually a variety including my design assistant, an interiors student, a personal trainer and my cleaner.
Work outs to kick start the day includes HIIT, Barrecorre, Muay Thai training or yoga either here in our showroom or at local studios.
After training the mind, body or soul we begin working on our project processes to create, innovate or administrate the plethora of tasks; Drawing, fabric sample collecting, mood-board making, boring accounts to bring together the delivery of designing our local residential homes and apartment projects..
Mentoring females is empowering and by the end of the day we love to achieve our daily goals.
What's your favourite thing about Hampstead?
The people. It’s a stimulating place. New ideas, support and fun all wrapped up in one gorgeous, historic village. Outdoor space, fresh air and boutique shops are also in the top 5.
If you could change one thing about Hampstead, what would you change?
Well, I would have commented here ‘a cool bar to chill out with friends and cocktails’. But the Cafe Hampstead recently opened their upstairs bar so I’m super excited.
Can you let us know a bit more about your family?
My husband is an entrepreneur and founding partner of GP Bullhound, who help tech companies grow. A clever chap who is passionate and focused. A fun dad who loves to take our children to far away places and show them how the world works.
I have a young teenage daughter who is a keen netball player on the pathway to play for England. Managing school, friends and sports like a pro, she’s an awesome kid.
Our son is at a local school and focused on football - playing for an academy - and also the art of chess. He whoops me every time.
The Madhvani family are happy to open our Belsize home as an example of my style to share with clients. Apart from at the weekends when work visitors are not allowed. It’s the Madhvani law!
What are your favourite design pieces this season?
Chevron design! It’s moved from flooring to walls, table tops and accessories. Team NW3 Interiors recently visited Maison Object in Paris and it was chevon style city! (This is highlighted in our blog with a video). It can be a really effective way of adding pattern.
What are your top tips for someone looking to redecorate their living room?
- First consider which colours help you relax. Incorporate texture and softness.
- A feature wall works well in my book. Pull the 5 colours from the area into the wallpaper.
- Rugs are a must along with well displayed accessories (rule of 3’s) and all furniture in perfect proportion to maximise ‘flow’ and access.
- Lighting play a huge part to create atmosphere so include 3 levels minimum: Below eye (table lamps), at eye (floor lamps) and ceiling lights (cleaning and brightness). Wall lights and picture lights are welcomed extras.
- Utilise the many online platforms for inspiration (Instagram) and Houzz for tools to get the space balanced.
Quick fire round:
Best coffee. Oliver’s flat white
Best breakfast. Oliver’s healthy breakfast
Best massage place. Urban massage at home.
Best nail place Pivoine
Best estate agent. Great guys at Goldschmit and Benham and Reeves
Best place for salad. Roni in Belsize village or Cote for the walnut and chicken one
Best dry cleaner. Pyramid in Belsize village
Top tip for someone moving to Hampstead? Get involved and keep your open your eyes for opportunities with work and friends.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 things would you take with you? Except for family and I would say paper, knife and matches.
Are there any local businesses you'd like to shout about? Yes!
- Ecora in England’s lane for flooring options and accessories range (useful fast service for quotes)
- Primrose hill candles are the best scent for our homes
- Go Figurative for art services
- ‘one off oak’ for bespoke solid oak furniture and carpentry
- cafe Hampstead for lunch in cool interiors
- Dani for a blow dry at Joseph Koniak hair place in Virgin Active O2
- Jessica Pires making wonderful organic shampoo and hair treatments
- two girls who head up ‘fashercise’ and have a shop locally - it’s the best workout wear
- Hannah brown nutrition... helping me eat healthy with a wealth of knowledge and smiles!
- pippa seaton at Chiro people (she’s sorted out my husbands shoulder like a boss)
Shall I go on? I love supporting local and can think of countless others who I trust and love their services.
Final Question... kiss, marry or push off a cliff?
(David Beckham / Tom Hardy / Daniel Craig)
Editor's note: I would definitely swap David & Tom, just saying. Not sure what Mr Von R would say about me marrying someone else though, but one is allowed fantasies 😂