As a child, I was always happiest colouring, painting and sketching, creating my ‘Dream Home’. I would experiment at home, and at 14 years old gave my bedroom a ‘Laura Ashley’ Make Over, and hand crafted my ‘Bespoke’ window blinds, so top on trend at the time.
My interest in Design continued and I frequently made my own clothing, crafts and Soft Furnishings for friends and family. As my parents didn’t really encourage me to pursue my creative flair, it wasn’t until I renovated my first home that I realized my thirst for design, and decided to return to Education, studying Interior Design at Wigan & Leigh College.
I had found my forte and whilst being a student, continued to design and make beautiful window dressings for friends and family. I felt at home within the college, and after successfully completing Interior Design & Decoration with Distinctions, the College invited me to Teach, just as I had been a student. The college supported me with a ‘Teacher Training’ programme, and before long, I was a Tutor in the same Lecture Room where I had previously been a student. Whilst lecturing part-time in Interior Design & Decorative Techniques, I continued designing and creating beautiful drapes and soft furnishings from home, where my popularity and portfolio grew. It wasn't too long before I needed a larger work room, as clients asked me to additionally provide lighting, Artwork, and accessories to complete their beautiful new space. I didn’t need much encouragement, and my first studio, Ideas Interiors opened it’s doors in 1998.
My first window featured a Bright Orange bespoke Chaise and Wall Coverings in Nono Designer Collection – so ‘Off The Wall’ for the tiny village of Westhoughton in Bolton – It was a complete success and Ideas Interiors went from strength to strength. I continued Designing, and part-time Teaching, and my committed team looked after new and regular clients travelled miles to visit our ‘Aladin’s Cave’ of ‘On Trend’ Fabrics, Wallcoverings, Soft Furnishings and Gift Ware. As Ideas Interiors became busier, my Interior Design Service became more in demand and I became more popular.
As a working mum, I found balancing my Family and home life with Lecturing, Interior Designing and the Studio increasingly difficult so sadly I ceased Lecturing at Wigan College.
Ideas Interiors Design Services grew and moved location to Bolton, my family helped with Managing the Studio as I continued visiting homes and designing on very different scales, from a single window dressing, or a new show home in an apartment block to Commercial Buildings. I have featured in various ‘Through The Keyholes’ on properties in monthly Glossy Publishing’s and Magazines, and thoroughly enjoyed scribing monthly editorials featuring my Design Ideas for The North West’s ‘Lancashire Magazine’.
An opportunity arose and I was approached to take an appointment as ‘In House Interior Designer’ and Showroom Manager within a very successful ‘Homestore’. My working time would be more structured, and as my boys were ‘growing fast’ my family would re-claim their Mother and Wife. I could still share my passion for ‘The World of Interiors’ with both existing and new clients and have a more balanced home/work relationship. I closed the doors of ‘Ideas Interiors’, and enjoyed my new challenge, however, after 2 years of successfully sharing my Ideas with my new team, designing show house interiors, and travelling within Europe I soon realized that I really missed the sole one to one relationship and involvement that I had nurtured with my own business and decided to resurrect Ideas Interiors.
I have a purpose built studio at my home, and thoroughly enjoy sharing my Ideas and designs with my clients both at my studio and within their own property. Whatever my involvement, whether it’s steering a client through the many Fabric and Wallpaper Books within my Studio, or modifying Architectural Plans for an Extension or Dream Home, I believe no matter how big or small your job or project might be, I have a passion for design and a vast experience of working with clients to create beautiful, yet affordable stylish homes.
Whatever my involvement, I approach each project with individuality & flexibility, having no stereotypical project or client in mind. I believe that my clients are more like my extendable family – spending time listening, understanding, and translating their ideas and visions into reality. I share my enthusiasm and attention to detail, and regardless of budget or scale, I work closely with my clients every step of their Design Journey.