First thing in the morn­ing... Ketna Pa­tel

The Ideal Home and Garden - - Designer Speak -

I un­pack my sub­con­scious, which has been work­ing hard whilst my mind and body have slept. There is clarity and cre­ativ­ity in the morn­ing....and these thoughts get scrib­bled down in a di­ary next to my bed.

Field­ing calls from po­ten­tial clients con­cern­ing de­sign projects...

When paint­ing, I don’t an­swer the phone, as once the rhythm is bro­ken, it is dif­fi­cult to get back to the flow. The of­fice (emails, accounts, meet­ings, etc) side of an art stu­dio is tack­led in the af­ter­noon. Most of the com­mu­ni­ca­tion is done via so­cial me­dia or emails.

Try­ing to fit ev­ery­thing in your small bag...

Apart from the usual phone, house keys and purse, the two es­sen­tials that go ev­ery­where with me are my small canon power shot cam­era and sketch­book.

Run­ning to client meet­ings...

Re­la­tion­ships are key in any work dy­namic. Most meet­ings take place vir­tu­ally through video calls.

Tak­ing a mo­ment for your cof­fee break...

As paint­ing in­volves a lot of stand­ing, the favoured al­ter­na­tive to a caf­feine break is to roll out the yoga mat on the floor, and go into a ten minute savasana/corpse po­si­tion.

Co­or­di­nat­ing pickup and de­liv­ery from whole­salers and de­sign show­rooms...

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day, our stu­dio rents a van with a driver for all pick ups, de­liv­er­ies, and er­rands.

Sleep...

Be in bed by 10 pm; read un­til11 pm, and wake up au­to­mat­i­cally when my body is well-rested.

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