Mansi studied international business at the University of Westminster. Marrying into the Mehra family has led to Mansi developing a true passion for property. And with her love of design, she decided to join InStyle Direct in 2010 as an Account Manager, becoming Director in 2012.
With an innate understanding of the power of design and the impact that dressing a property can have, Mansi recognises how different properties benefit from different styles of furnishing. She regularly visits design shows around the world to keep up-to-date with the latest trends and to meet new suppliers. Mansi works closely with her design team to ensure clients receive a truly first class service and one that meets their needs, whether they are dressing a property to let, to sell or to live in.
Max has worked in the furnishing industry for over eight years and has extensive knowledge of both the furnishing industry and the rental investment property market. He joined InStyle Direct in 2008 as a Design Assistant and now, as Head Designer, leads a team of four designers.
Working closely with Design Director Mansi Mehra, Max mainly handles bespoke design and furnishing projects. He also travels regularly with Managing Director Anita Mehra, visiting furniture exhibitions, meeting suppliers, sourcing new furnishings and gathering ideas for new fabrics, soft furnishings and accessories.
James is responsible for developing successful business relationships with key accounts such as property developers, letting agents and private individuals. This covers all aspects of InStyle Direct's business, from furnishing packs to bespoke design and refurbishment projects. Putting together proposals for new and existing clients, he also works closely with the company's designers to help create design schemes that meet the client's brief, a part of the job that he particularly enjoys.
Regularly out and about meeting developers and agents, James also likes to hold appointments at the company's design showrooms (in Chelsea and Hammersmith) so that clients have the opportunity to see the latest furniture collections first hand. He joined InStyle Direct in 2010 and has a strong background in sales, previously working in lighting retail and trade sales.
Mark is a driving force in our sales team with a growing portfolio of clients, ranging from private individuals looking for bespoke home design services to property developers, letting and estate agents and investor landlords looking for furnishing packs and dress to sell services.
Customer care is a key part of Mark's role and he prides himself on his ability to assess a client's requirements, liaising with the design team to offer stylish but functional design solutions. What he loves most about the job is the sheer variety of people he meets. One minute he can be talking to a major property developer, the next it could be a private client using the services of an interior designer for the first time.
Mark has a strong property background, having been a manager in an estate agency earlier in his career. This, combined with his more recent interiors experience is invaluable in helping him understand the needs of his clients.
Lewis has spent most of his career working in property, initially with the family real estate business in Spain and then moving to Dubai working as a sales manager for a leading property company. With a solid background in real estate, Lewis has a thorough understanding of the needs of landlords, property developers and homeowners.
As a business development associate with InStyle Direct, Lewis focuses on creating and building successful working relationships with clients, from major, national property developers and smaller private developers to landlords, lettings and real estate agents. His key focus is to provide a seamless, professional service for clients, working closely with them throughout a project to ensure the final interior fulfils their brief and is delivered on time and on budget.
“Each project is so different and I love seeing the possibilities,” he says. “Every time I walk into a property my inspiration changes as each is so different, from how much light comes in to its size and layout. Every property has its own ‘USPs’ and I love working with the client to bring out its potential.”
Amar joined InStyle Direct in 2007 and works with clients ranging from property developers to private individuals and landlords. A key part of his role is to liaise with clients and develop a real understanding of their requirements, whether they are looking for simple furnishings or a full refurbishment project. Amar can advise on the best solutions for the property in terms of design and cost, whether it is a showhome, a rental apartment or a private property. He then liaises with the company's designers who will translate this brief into a working design. Amar oversees all the refurbishment projects and works closely with all staff from our architect and interior designers to the plummers and builders.
With a managerial career background in the fashion business, Amar enjoys the creative side of his role. He particularly likes working on refurbishment projects which give him the opportunity to combine his creative side with the challenge of reconfiguring an older property. He also works with international clients on InStyle Direct's overseas interior projects.
Severina has a BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture from Middlesex University and also studied Fine Arts and Design at the Eduardo Balsio Art Gymnasium in Lithuania. Her role at InStyle Direct involves assisting in the design of bespoke interiors, creating moodboards and putting together furnishing packages. One of the aspects of her role that she most enjoys is meeting clients and finding out about their lifestyle so that she can create an interior that suits their needs. She also enjoys finding creative inspiration in the world around her, from the architectural style of a building to interesting objects she has sourced for a project.
Before joining the company, she worked on wide ranging projects, from the design of an American diner in Twickenham to a complete refurbishment of a four bedroom home in Golders Green.
Ifrah gained a BA (Hons) in Interior Design from the University of the Arts in London, after which she worked as an intern at the Virgina White Collection and Christopher Farr.
Since joining InStyle Direct, she has quickly become a valued member of the design team, creating mood boards for clients, designing interiors schemes and sourcing furniture, lighting and materials. Ifrah also dresses and styles show homes for property developer clients.She believes that interior design is all about building a good working relationship with the client, finding out more about their lifestyle and mixing their style with her own designs in order to bring their ideas to life. Ifrah loves to embrace new ideas to create an exciting yet liveable space.
Wai Yin studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England in Bristol where one of her key achievements was to help curate both a mid-term show and a Summer postgraduate degree show. She also has an MA in Interior and Spatial Design from the University of the Arts in London.
One of her main roles at InStyle Direct is to help put together design proposals for clients, working closely with the rest of the team to ensure the client's brief is met. Wai Yin loves the challenge of helping to create a new interior from scratch, gathering ideas by visiting design shows to find inspiration. This could be a vibrant new colour palette for a window treatment or a new fabric to be used as part of a soft furnishing scheme. The variety of her role is something she particularly enjoys.
Maggie graduated from the University of the Arts in London with a BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial degree.After this her achievements have included completing a project about art, climate change and science with CERN and the Nansen Initiative in Geneva. She has also displayed her work at the V & A and had an exhibition at the Chelsea College of Arts.
Joining InStyle Direct in 2016, Maggie works closely with clients to create interiors which reflect their lifestyle. She loves the design process – from liaising with clients and getting to understand their tastes to meeting suppliers and handpicking furnishings, accessories and other finishing touches. Maggie particularly enjoys the challenge of creating interiors for smaller properties, maximising the use of space to produce a beautiful but practical home for clients.
Carmen studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and has also won several design industry awards including a City of the Future contest by Renault Twizy, an Emerging Design Award at MMOD Murcia Open Design and an award for ideas and innovation at the 49k Contest. Following a move to London to pursue her design career, she completed her studies at Central Saint Martins.
As a key member of the team at InStyle Direct, she manages design projects from completion to handover. This can range from creating mood boards for clients, sourcing furnishings and accessories and styling properties. For Carmen, getting to know the client and understanding their needs is one of the most important parts of her role, helping her to create interiors that are both beautiful and practical. She loves the challenge of designing a living space from scratch, gaining inspiration from many sources, particularly design and interiors magazines, blogs and visiting design shows.
Since graduating with a BA in Interior Design from Kingston University, Rose has concentrated on high end, luxury design. While still at university she won ‘Best in Year’ for her dissertation on ‘Luxury – is it a necessity and how is it interpreted in design?’ and she also completed a project for Ted Baker, generating ideas for ‘a new wave of design’. Before joining InStyle Direct Rose worked as an interior designer for several high-profile clients, from celebrities to a well-known handbag designer.
Rose loves working with clients to help them create their dream home and her role at InStyle Direct is wide-ranging, from producing new design concepts and presenting designs to clients, to managing projects from the initial stages through to handover. She particularly enjoys discovering new suppliers of beautiful furnishings and accessories for her projects. Much of her inspiration comes from her travels overseas and she also enjoys visiting international design exhibitions.