Established in 2001, Hélène Marie Design specialises in high-end residential and boutique commercial interior design and decoration. From a townhouse in Chelsea to a pied-a-terre in Hyde Park, a family home in Belsize Park, detached homes in Surrey and Kent, a Cotswold manor and a farmhouse in Brittany, Hélène’s projects cover London and its surrounding counties as well as her native France. With over 20 years in the industry, Hélène has a wealth of contacts and experience on projects of all sizes.
Playful and inspired while getting the job done
Structured and efficient while keeping a sense of fun and originality at the centre, I work closely with my clients – whether it’s a full house refurbishment or a single consultancy – to create spaces that are alive and reflect their style, taste and personality. Known as the interior colourist for my imaginative use of colour and eclectic yet chic style, where crafts and antiques sit alongside modern furniture and art, I love making a house a home – beautiful and comfortable in equal measure.
First, I sit down with my clients, listening and getting to know them. Understanding who they are and how they live, as well as their dreams and aspirations, is integral to guiding and shaping their vision for their home. This meeting lays the groundwork for the design to come. Therefore, not only do I find out about their plans for their home and design aesthetics, I learn about their daily lives and their particular needs.
I then interpret the client’s brief to produce a scheme & style direction for each space.
The next stage is to look at how the room and furniture layouts flow and interact to establish the best use of space and light.
It’s then time to review the technical design: lighting, electrical services and joinery – all the features important for the construction phase. This often involves collaborating with a wider project team, such as architects, project managers and joiners.
Next, we focus in on the more decorative aspects of the design: colour scheme, furniture, fabrics and soft furnishings. Then we move into implementation and procurement – bespoke furniture items are sourced, and orders are placed.
The final stage is installation! I oversee the delivery of the scheme, project and finishes to ensure it all runs smoothly and has been executed to a high standard, meeting or exceeding expectations. My aim, above all, is to leave clients with a house to be lived in and enjoyed – a place that feels like home.
Individually tailored homes with beauty, elegance and character
C JohnsonPimlico town house / Interior Renovation
I had not engaged an interior designer before and felt somewhat apprehensive about the process. The task of completely refurbishing our tired home was too daunting for me to micro-manage, however, could a stranger really ‘get’ my taste? From the outset, I was impressed with Hélène’s manner. She quietly, but most effectively, absorbed information about me and my family and helped to plot a path to the finished design. After a very short time, her instinct for what I would love was uncannily accurate. She found me fabrics that evoked memories she couldn’t have known I had – she suggested furnishings I wouldn’t have been able to track down by myself. Her solutions have been thoughtful, practical and ultimately, gloriously transformative. I am living in a house that has ‘wow!’ factor yet is comfortable and homely and undeniably reflects my taste. If I had to name the single most important benefit for me, I would say it was Hélène’s ability to make the process so stress-free and enjoyable. And to appear as if she enjoyed it too!
ChrisCotswold Manor House / Interior re-design Bayswater Pied a Terre / Interior renovation
Helene was great to work with. The choice of colours, fabrics, furnishing etc can be overwhelming, but after taking the time to understand what we like and dislike, Helene made the process so much easier by shortlisting one great idea after the next. I particularly liked the fact that Helene didn't push her own agenda, but of course, she ensured everything we selected would be appropriate. We're delighted with the results. I'm writing this during the lockdown and feel so lucky to have such a beautiful home to spend time in - thanks to Helene.
John Self Director of Elliott Thomas.Kent detached house / Full Renovation
Hélène was appointed by my company to Interior Design a large 6,500 sq/ft listed residential property in Kent with Contemporary additions and from concept design through to completion of this phased project provided an impeccable tailored service, albeit it involved many iterations and changes. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hélène's work to clients or companies alike.
Rosemary Friedman - Regent's Park.Cambridge Gate Flat / Interior re-design
Following fire damage, Hélène Dabrowski undertook an entire refurbishment of our apartment including soft furnishings, carpets and paint. She listened to our preferences and tuned into them, brought or sent a choice of well set-out colour schemes and appropriate patterns to our home and did all the leg work. She was reliable as to timings and we were delighted with the end result, which has been greatly admired. We would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to refurbish without the hassle.
Helen & PaulHolland Park family home / Interior re-design
My husband and I are very happy to recommend Hélène Dabrowski Interiors. We had a very positive experience with Hélène, who spent a great deal of time with us at the outset to understand our needs, tastes and ideas for our new home. Hélène helped to develop our thoughts regarding decoration, and respected the brief, with the result being very satisfactory. With both my husband and I leading very busy lives, Hélène's assistance was invaluable and we particularly valued her flexibility and her pragmatic approach helped us sift through many alternatives and come up with what was best for our lifestyle. Hélène was always very attentive and showed real commitment and enthusiasm. We are very happy with the results.
D.BSwiss Cottage / Interior re-design
I have known Hélène Dabrowski professionally for approximately 20 years. Having not used a designer before, I was not sure what to expect, but Hélène immediately put me at my ease. I have always found her to be very professional and receptive. This first project involved both soft and hard furnishings, so there were multiple workmen, craftsmen and suppliers to liaise and coordinate with. Hélène did this efficiently and effectively. Hélène ensured I was involved and happy with all the decisions made, and when parts of the projects came to completion, she came personally to check the work was done to my satisfaction. I have since used Hélène for many other projects over the years, most recently with the decoration and furnishing of my latest home. I think it is a testament to her man-management abilities that she has maintained the same group of workmen/women and craftsmen, ensuring high standards and good quality for all the work that has been carried out for me. I think because she is a good communicator and treats people with courtesy and respect and ensures that everyone knows what is expected, those that work for her respect her and give her their best. I would not hesitate to recommend her as she not only listens and responds positively to the client – but also never tries to impose her ideas.
P.TTotteridge Detached House / New Build
A fellow designer recommended Hélène Dabrowski to all my family when she relocated to Dubai. I felt comfortable with the recommendation and felt we could work together when we met up. Hélène was calm and efficient, attributes, which aren't always found with interior designers! I definitely felt accompanied and supported, and I would recommend her services to my friends and colleagues. I will certainly be using Hélène’s services again in the future as I appreciated her temperament, efficiency and creativity. Lastly Hélène provided me with efficiency in ordering, installing and great use of quality sub-contractors.
M.GloverSt John’s Wood detached family home Interior re-design
I couldn’t recommend Hélène Dabrowski Interiors more highly. Hélène is professional thorough and listened to what I wanted and implemented my vision to an even higher standard, beyond my expectations. I am thrilled with her work. She created space where there was none, and made a stylish, fun but practical haven when I wanted a complete revamp of the top floor of my house. Working with her takes the hassle factor out of any work being done in your house. From her first layout drawings to the completed project she has made it a pleasurable experience, creating practical built in furniture and bringing in innovative one off pieces that give the rooms the wow factor. Hélène is a pleasure to work with. She is reliable, calm and efficient and works with you, listening and guiding and achieving great results.
G.AHampstead detached house / Interior renovation
I first heard of Hélène Dabrowski Interiors as a recommendation from a friend. I was attracted to use Hélène as she seemed to have the vision to pull together an eclectic set of ideas. What also stood out for me was Helene’s personality and ability to listen as well as being easy to approach and receptive to ideas. My main objective using Hélène Dabrowski Interiors was to help upgrade the interior of my home. The customer service I received was excellent and I felt supported in the decision making process. I have already recommended Hélène to my friends and although it's at least 10 years that I had the major work done at my home I continue to receive compliments. I would definitely continue to use Hélène’s services in the future, as she has helped create a home in which I am pleased to live in.