We catch up with Lisa Todd, founder of her eponymous label that offers unique homeware painted by hand in Windsor.

Interior designer Lisa Todd grew up in South Africa providing her with the perfect tropical canvas to develop a vibrant decorative style. Lisa’s passion for design led to a degree from Middlesex University London and a 20 year international career. An accident forced a change of direction and her love of painting, colour and patternmaking came to the fore.

Lisa creates beautiful paintings for homeware designed for people seeking unique, individual, uplifting pieces. Each design is painted by hand in Windsor before being printed onto natural cottons, linens and velvets using state-of-the-art technology in the UK. The printing methods reproduce and enhance the hand-painted quality of the image. All products are hand finished, and designed to complement both the contemporary and traditional interior. We talk to Lisa to find out more...

I came up with the idea when... I had to give up my career as an Interior Designer after an accident left me with a seriously debilitating neuromuscular condition called Cervical Dystonia. My disability meant reevaluating what I could physically do and I rediscovered my love of painting. Having completed an online Textile Design and Surface Pattern Course I now develop my paintings into a range of print textiles that form the core of my business.

The biggest challenge... Besides overcoming the physical challenges I now face on a daily basis my biggest challenge is to coordinate the multiple aspects of the business effectively, particularly the development of the website from scratch.

The average day is spent... There is no average day. Painting, updating social media sites, developing contacts is something I do every day. Co-coordinating, planning and fulfilling orders with the makers is time well spend to ensure we dispatch beautiful products.

The team consists of... Myself (artist, designer, researcher), Maggie (expert seamstress), Ruth (pattern cutter), Geraldine (whizz kid print designer), Olivia (my daughter – gift wrapper extraordinaire), Jeremy (husband/Mrs Doubdtfire), Dr Emma N (textile mentor).

My favourite quote... You only have one life. Live it to the full. You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have (Maya Angelou).

I am where I am today because of... My single minded drive and determination. I have redefined both my personal and professional life and gain huge satisfaction from developing my love of colour and pattern into a range of textiles that bring joy to others.

I am who I am because of... My belief I can use my love of colour and interiors to create a vibrant and dynamic range of products that people will want in their lives.

The best advice I've been given... Is to set clear goals and make sure the product, design or service you offer is the best you can deliver.

In five years I’d like to be... Running an International textile and soft furnishing design business marketed both on line and through retail outlets.

The thing no one ever tells you about running your own business online... Don’t expect to be able to do everything. Take the time to find the right people who you want to work with to develop the online presence who you trust to remain true to your vision.

Our biggest mistake and what it taught us All mistakes are learning processes. I have learned, through trial and error, the palette of colours I use impacts significantly on the success of the paintings and designs I produce. I understand that every mistake brings an opportunity to go one better in all I do in my personal and professional life.

The most rewarding experience I’ve had to date... Seeing my cushions on display in Fenwick London. I want to keep developing, expanding and creating an inspiring range into an instantly recognisable brand and bring joy to contemporary and traditional interiors.

5 June 2015