Harriet Thorpe

Established in 2014, Lisa Todd creates beautiful paintings for happy homes, designed especially for those seeking an uplifting interior update. Each design is painted by hand in Windsor before being printed onto natural cottons, linens, velvets, birchwood and ceramics using state-of-the-art technology in the UK.

Lisa started her homeware collection when she had to give up her career as an Interior Designer due to an accident that left her with a seriously debilitating neuromuscular condition called Cervical Dystonia.

With her new disability, Lisa reevaluated what could physically be done to keep her love for creative design going. Rediscovering her love of painting and having completed an online Textile Design and Surface Pattern Course, Lisa now happily develops her abstract paintings into a range of print textiles, ceramics and kitchen accessories and has lots more planned for the very near future.

Website: www.lisatodddesigns.com.

It’s a joy to interview the gifted Lisa on the blog (and have her cushions take pride of place in our living room).


Describe a typical day for you?

My day depends on how the Dystonia is behaving but usually involves placing orders, organising deliveries, discussing new products/designs. I spend time on Instagram which is a great platform for me to connect with a wide range of people from prospective retail buyers to international journalists. I always go with someone for a walk if possible and ideally a swim


What do you feel are your biggest achievements?

Starting Lisa Todd Designs and being stocked in Liberty and the Royal Academy shop, and just this week having my designs noticed and complimented by Pucci.


What’s in your handbag/ satchel?

I am unable to carry a handbag due to the Dystonia so I use violet Blue Mulberry pochette (my first job interview after graduating was for Mulberry as an accessories designer!) Chanel lipstick Bobbi Brown Lip-gloss Insulin & blood test kit, debit card and Bach’s rescue remedy.


What are your ambitions in life?

Simple things like making a difference by raising awareness and funding for Dystonia as it is still relatively unheard of, and living a calm and creative life.


What do you wish you had known at the start of your career?

Not to worry about being stuck in a job; it’s never too later to learn new skills and change direction.


Where do you see yourself in 5 year’s time?

Running a successful homeware business with like-minded inspiring people.


What advice would you give a budding entrepreneur and designer?

Don’t be afraid to ask. People can say no – but often they say yes!


What’s the best advice you’ve received on motherhood you’d like to share?

How quickly the years pass. Cherish every moment. My beautiful daughter will be 21 this year.


Finally, happiness is…

Painting takes me to a special place. I am a colourist and a pattern maker and I love to create beautiful pieces. These paintings form the basis of my designs; I love the creative process and the magic that happens. Swimming. I am a water baby. I couldn’t swim until I was 8 and learnt on the ship when emigrating to South Africa. Once there we had our first swimming pool built and you could not get me out! I have had a lifelong love ever since. Sitting in complete tranquility in the hydrotherapy pool at my favorite hotel Lucknam Park near Bath.

Most importantly, spending happy times with my family.


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