Design Penguin – stylish, simple, fun

When I set up Design Penguin in 2016, my watchwords were ‘stylish, simple and fun’ – a bit like penguins.  Of course we all want stylish results. That’s a given.  Where Design Penguin differs from some other studios is by making the interior design process simple and transparent for clients.  And designing your home should be fun and exciting. However for many clients the prospect of renovating their home can seem too time consuming, completely overwhelming or both.  This is where my stress-busting interior design packages come in, giving clients the confidence and headspace to dream big and make bold choices. I help people create beautiful and practical living spaces that reflect their individual style and personality, on time and to budget.  I do the heavy lifting – the research, creative process, budgeting, supplier negotiation, sourcing and when required project management.  Clients always know what they’re getting without any faff or uneccessary industry jargon.

How it works

Every design is created personally by me in partnership with my client and is specific to their brief.  To ensure quality of service I work on three projects at a time or fewer, depending on project scope.  This outstanding client service has been recognised by leading home renovation service Houzz four times – only 3% of professionals on Houzz win this annual ‘Best of Houzz’ award:  https://www.houzz.co.uk/pro/designpenguinlondon/__public

When the work is done my clients love their new spaces and feel proud to call them home.



Nicola Taylor, director and interior designer

I set up Design Penguin in 2016 as an independent design studio, to fulfil a lifetime’s love for interiors and beautiful things.

Before training as an interior designer at the British Academy of Interior Design, I worked in marketing and PR for more than 20 years, managing complex creative projects, teams and budgets at the highest level. I bring creativity and technical know-how to each project, combined with the organisational skills to make it happen.

I live in west London with my two cute but very disobedient rescue dogs, in an Edwardian mansion block flat that I’ve lovingly done up. Which I suppose is where it all began.