People and Spaces

My Background

Hi, my name is Emilie and I’m an Interior Architect and Designer. I was born in Helsinki, yet lived my early life abroad, mainly carrying a suitcase, meeting extraordinary people and spaces and in a variety of cultures. My only permanent sense of place is my simple, wooden cottage that my grandparents built in Finland, surrounded by forest, overlooking a lake, with a sauna. 

I have almost two decades as an interior designer, having worked extensively in London, Sydney and Helsinki both in private and public sector projects. I use my experience to understand the context of the environment and the people using it with a particular emphasis on how people navigate, feel and use their spaces. My design focus is all about people and spaces.

My Ethos

When it comes to our homes, the people and spaces of our everyday life, our haven, there is very little information on what is a sustainable home. How can we make less impact? What will last a long time? To me, designing sustainable homes includes more than just sourcing sustainable materials and furniture, it is a holistic package of function, use and quality of the space, as well as the users own personal taste. Sustainable design can be woven seamlessly into your everyday life, it is functional, timeless, yet personal.


I found Emilie very helpful and knowledgeable about colour, lighting and everything I asked about. In fact, she brought with her a sample of a colour for my hall which I'd been searching for unsuccessfully for some time and which I am going to use. I'll be involving her in the next stage of the work on the interior of my house. I am really pleased with the help she gave me.

----Elaine Farmer---

People&Spacies was more than I could wish for for our renovation project. Due to covid19 the project was done remotely via video calls and emails. Despite my hesitation that worked perfectly and did not cause our family any additional fuss. Emilie had fantastic skills to listen to us and came up with creative solutions. She was clear in her communication and kept us informed about the budget. Appointing her saved us lot of time and we could not be happier for the result.


Emilie has been designing our downstairs living area and kitchen renovations, and we couldn’t be more pleased. We didn’t want to extend but have a small space, so we wanted to find out how to make the best use of our space, both functionally and aesthetically. On top of that we wanted to know how to do this in the most sustainable way, as this is really important to us.
Emilie really impressed us with her design ideas and gave us loads of great advice and concepts to think about. We really trusted her opinions about what was necessary and what wasn’t, as well as the best companies to use for fittings and details. We are really happy with our designs and the whole process was really quick and enjoyable. She was very good at communicating and was always prompt to get back to us. Couldn’t recommend her more!


Emilie Heinonen

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