My journey into the creative world of design started early. But like a lot of creatives, I never knew I could turn my passion into a career….
Ever since I was a child I have loved colour, pattern, texture and design. Growing up I spent hours colouring, collaging and collecting. I was drawn to luxurious fabrics, silk scarves and soft layers. As a young girl shopping with my mother, I would swish in and out of the clothing racks, immersing myself in the texture and colour of fabric. Excursions to buy clothing, items for the house or furniture were always an adventure for me. I loved stores and the treasures they held within.
Later, I would spend my weekends trawling stores for the latest in homewares, fashion and design. I developed a particular weakness for cushions, throws, linens and textural pieces. I also loved getting the paint brushes out and would spend my Sunday afternoons sanding back and renovating old pieces of furniture.
But life had different plans for me back then. I took a traditional path into law, then progressed into marketing, human resources and business management. I spent a number of years in professional services firms where I would spend my days creating corporate business plans, strategies, frameworks, structures, re-structures, reports, briefs, de-briefs. The list goes on. I presented, facilitated, coached and coaxed. I was power-pointed to within an inch of my life.
I liked my clients and the people I worked with. I enjoyed selling ideas. But there was one problem. I didn’t believe in what I was selling. It got to the point where I couldn’t look another corporate strategy in the eye. I had to do something.
Against all my better judgement and the advice of those who loved me, I quit my management role. I left the corporate world. And I took myself off on a creative adventure that re-opened those child’s eyes and reminded me of everything I loved in the world of colour and design. I’m so glad I did.
Nowadays, I’m still plotting and planning, but in a far more creative and visually stimulating way. And I’m trawling to my heart’s content, knowing that somewhere, someday soon, that perfect side table or linen chair or porcelain tile is going to make it into someone’s home. I feel as though I am contributing to people’s lives in positive ways – through design, functionality and beauty – in ways that I could never achieve from behind an office desk. Yet I have no regrets about my previous life. It is why I am here today. I learnt so much from those experiences – about resilience, respect and the importance of communication – and bring those skills to my design work every day. I feel lucky to have experienced two very different worlds.
Today, I have my own interior design business, Jane Ledger Interiors. I work with private clients developing furniture and interiors schemes for their homes. I love nothing more than working with a client who wants to make their space more functional and beautiful. I feel privileged to walk into someone’s space, step into their shoes and bring a new vision to their life.
I also work in a freelance capacity for ISCD/Dulux Australia as a Colour Educator for their front-line staff.
I also love to write. So when I’m not completing schemes, I’m writing about them on my blog. I love sharing images, ideas and inspiration with people who share my passion for beautiful furnishings and good design.
And when I’m not doing that, I’m doing what I did when I was a child. Rummaging through the racks, dreaming of wardrobes and rooms and all the wonderful ways I would fill them!
Jane has diplomas in Colour, Design and Interior Styling (graduating with Highly Commended awards) from the International School of Colour & Design. She also has a Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Business (Marketing) and a Master of Human Resources. Originally from Perth, Jane spent 12 years in Sydney before returning to Perth in 2014.