This week we are chatting to KITCHEN KING Tim Inskip founder of Inkwood Bespoke and Dad to Bastian Bear ( 6 ) and Indie Bay ( 5 weeks ). Tim set up Inkwood Bespoke in October last year and provides design and hand building of bespoke kitchens, cabinetry and furniture for the home and design professionals. Go check out his stunning designs - you will NOT be disappointed!
What time did you wake up this morning?
2.30, 3.30, 6.30, 4.30, I really don’t know anymore. Indie has some incredible vocals on her now at 5 weeks and chooses the early hours to really express herself.
What was your very first thought of the day?
Wow, look at that ! At 6.30 we had glorious sunshine pouring in past the blinds and it felt like spring had finally sprung. I forgot for a second that B and I had had no sleep whatsoever.
What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at ‘em?
1. Good coffee, obviously, ( if I have the time ) or a massive mug of tea ( if I don’t ).
2. Porridge, we’ve made a concerted effort to reduce the sugar in our household. It was tough in the beginning but I am now a converted morning porridge eater, I swear by it to keep me going through the day.
3. Patience. I think you know what I’m talking about.
Describe a typical working morning?
School run first, I consider myself lucky that I’m able to do this in the morning. Then either head to my workspace on the fringes of Speldhurst to get a project up and running or if I’m going to be drawing or costing all day I’ll head back and do this from my office at home. B ( my partner and founder of @poppoppapier ) works from home too so it can be great talking creatively over one another's projects. If I have client meetings I try to get them in early, that way you’re fresh, feeling creative and the ideas just come.
Why did you decide to set up your business?
There’s so many reasons but firstly it was to be nearer home and to be around more for my family. It sounds weird but immediately and before I’d even produced anything I felt that I was back and actually offering something. I have many years design and manufacturing experience mainly for the big names in retail. Charlotte Tilbury, Disney, Louis Vuitton to name a few. In this sector they demand quick turnover and temporary schemes. It bugs me that it’s so disposable ! I knew I had the skills to design and create stuff that was permanent and had legs (no pun intended). People are investing in their homes and it felt the right time get out there!
What's the best part of your job?
Apart from being my own boss the absolute best part is standing back from a completed project and thinking this looks AWESOME !! And having the client agree with you ! Even better !
#1 tip for juggling work and family life?
It has to be the ability to switch off. In my previous roles I looked after multiple big projects and a whole heap of staff and would often find myself in a kind of trance at home thinking over problems that actually didn’t need solving right there and then in any case. I'm able, now, to maintain a separation and this is a definite win win for the family if you can.
The happiest moment in your day?
When I see my son after school and he actually opens up and tells me whats been going on in his day. Its rare, my questions are usually seen as an annoying, unnecessary distraction from Ninjago.
The hardest moment in your day?
See below !…
Most overused word of the day?
Come on !!!! This is obviously two words but this is what I find myself saying repeatedly as I’m trying get Basti out of the house in the morning. If you’ve ever seen the way a chameleon moves, this is how my son exits the house.
Once the kids are in bed I…
I'll do some design work but if I can get away with it I'll flake out and catch up on Salvage Hunters.
Best piece of advice for fellow Parents…
Don’t try to fight it…. Just get a car with a bigger boot.