When I look back at my life, I can
see that I was always meant to become an interior
designer. It probably started with my grandmother
letting me design and pick out exactly what
I wanted for my bedroom aged 8. She was a
The decision to actually
become an interior designer came when I was
at an unhappy time in my life. Now I can see
that it was all a blessing in disguise, because
I got angry and decided it was time to do
something about my life. I joined the KLC
School of Design.
If I had thought that I
would have plenty of time to see and experience
London, I was wrong. The course was very intensive;
you get so involved and learn so much in just
one year that external life gets little attention.
But I loved it!
In the middle of the education
I became a bit discouraged, but I got good
news in July when I graduated; they honoured
me with the best student of the year award.
I called my grandmother and told her with
tears of joy.
Since then, I have been blessed with my own
business, good clients, and I am now handling
decent sized projects. I am finally doing
what I want and living a life I enjoy everyday.
I’d been working for an airline
for 11 years, and I’d certainly enjoyed
the buzz of being part of that world, but
I was desperate for that ‘creative outlet’
that I just couldn’t find whilst drawing
aeronautical charts or scheduling aircraft.
So it was that I decided
to study for a Diploma in Interior Design
& Decoration at KLC. All the students
and staff were great fun to be with. A few
were older, most were several years younger
than me, but it really didn’t matter.
Very quickly a real camaraderie developed,
with everyone helping each other through the
difficult bits, and turning hard work into
Our two last (and largest)
projects came during the final term along
with the birth of my twins, Chad and Zachary.
Now the fun really started! I would often
buy a can of one of those caffeine-laced drinks,
just to help me arrive home without falling
all of a sudden, it was over. I was incredibly
pleased, and not a little surprised, to receive
not only an honours diploma, but a prize for
creativity, too. And there ended one of the
most hectic periods in my life. Helped by
the staff at college (they care about their
students), supported through everything by
my uncomplaining wife, and inspired by the
birth of two very fine young boys.
Simon Dodsworth is now
a tutor at KLC.