Dedicated, experienced and seriously well-dressed, our store manager at Curious Grace Yarraville is one-of-a-kind.
We sat down with Paul and asked him all the pressing questions - his dream job at age five, where he finds inspiration and how he got his start in the interiors industry.
Hey Paul! Where are you from and where are you now?
I am originally from Harrow, which is a Borough of London, England. I lived in New Zealand for 18 Years and have landed up in the most stunning part of the world - Williamstown, Melbourne.
How did you get started in the world of interiors?
My working career started from the age of 17, when I was fortunate enough to land a brilliant job working for Tricia Guild of Designer Guild in London’s King Road. I was employed there until I emigrated to New Zealand when I was 21.
Talk us through a standard day in your life.
Somehow my life has become routine in many ways. I wake at 6.30 every day come rain or shine, where I start by planning my outfit. I believe, the construction of putting together an outfit, is like putting together the building blocks of the day, carefully working out how you want it to play out. Work is my major focus for 5 days of the week (well, actually 7 days sometimes). After a very intense day of working generally, I come home to my partner, two dogs and more often than not his children. We will walk, cook, read or watch television - then in bed by 10...done for another day.
What's the most rewarding part of your job?
This is very simple for me. The most rewarding part of my job is making sure that the customer is happy.
Where do you look for creative inspiration?
Interesting question, I look for inspiration all around me. From a stunning Vista to the depth of beauty within people. To the stillness of oneself.
Who are the designers you are loving at the moment?
I don’t really follow designers to be honest, however I was really impressed with a series on Netflix, called Abstract, that I was introduced to by Anna Curnuck. A very interesting show that highlighted a number of designers and artists.
What did you want to be at age five?
Funny, I always wanted to be a farmer. I was a townie (editor's note: someone who lives in the city) and my aunty and her husband lived on a farm which I loved as a kid. So this made me want to be a farmer because it was so removed from my own reality.
If you could perform on stage, with any musician ever, who would it be?
I would be all over performing with the band ‘Everything But The Girl'. Tracey Thorn is my hero and I love the lyrics to every one of their songs. Takes me back to childhood memories growing up in London.
What would you sing?
If you could eat one meal, for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Bangers and Mash with Peas and Onion Gravy, YUM!!!
Okay, last question! What are the top three things on your Curious Grace wish list right now?
This is so easy:
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