The Interior designer
I moved to the Cotswolds in 1991. The house we found was built in 1790 and had been used as a school until it closed in the 1970s. It was a shell, but we had a vision for what we wanted to do.
We brought our three children up there, and my interior-design business was started at the kitchen table. About 10 years ago we began looking for a larger space for my business. People come to us for inspiration, so we wanted a studio that felt like a home. We found another Grade II-listed, 17th-century derelict building, which was built as a farm then used as a coaching inn. It was in disrepair, but we could see the potential. We’re so privileged to work on these historic houses and beautiful listed buildings, which are the mainstay of our work.
There is so much more to the Cotswolds than chocolate-box beauty. It has preserved wildlife, protected land and a wealth of historic villages. I love to walk, and spend many a weekend traipsing through the Slad Valley. Our design studio is on the Cotswold Way, a footpath with 100 miles of incredible scenery and undulating hills. I love the colour of the Cotswold stone, the hidden valleys, the historic houses and their gardens. Beauty comes from being inspired. When you’re surrounded by beauty, you can create it.