Suzy is a brilliant, kind, and hard-working designer and artist. She agreed to help us move into our new home in Bristol amid extremely challenging circumstances. After creating a design tailored to our needs and preferences, Suzy went ahead and engaged and managed all the tradespeople. This saved us from massive headaches and stress. This took off a huge load off of our backs when we needed it most. Having the peace of mind that Suzy is on the case is priceless. Needless to say the result is a warm, welcoming home for us and our son. Thanks Suzy!
We recently extended and renovated our 19th Century stone-built cottage. The project, excluding the planning time, took 5 months to complete. Initially we employed Suzy to help with the layout of the kitchen and the finished décor but it soon became clear to us that we lacked the experience and knowledge to facilitate the necessary decisions about layout and flow of individual rooms and through the house and we soon expanded Suzy’s remit to include layout plans of window sizes and positions, in-built storage solutions and to procure joiners quotes, produce a budget spreadsheet to cover every aspect of the renovation, produce an electrical plan, help source the flooring and tiling, help choose some furniture and lighting as well as suggest and draft a design for the kitchen and utility layout and put together a colour palette. Suzy was able to listen to our ideas and help us get to the position we need to be in, and she achieved all this through e-mails, phone calls and visits to furniture and kitchen showrooms. A wealth of product images, ideas and final documents were clearly labelled and laid out and shared using Dropbox. We are extremely pleased with our home and although it is put together beautifully it feels homely and sympathetic to the age of the property which is exactly what we wanted. We have happily recommended Suzy to family and friends.
Julia and Jason
Thank you, Suzy, it was lovely to have you design our kitchen and dining space. Your attention to detail was fantastic and we loved all the ideas you presented to us. It was great to have your help and guidance with the project and we are delighted with the end result. We have all your ideas and suggestions and will continue to have fun making the final touches. Thank you so much Jill Jon and family x
I had Suzy help me during the latter stages of an extensive HMO conversion/refurbishment. I wanted the property to have that edge where prospective tenants said 'wow' when they first walked in. Suzy not only advised on colour schemes, but provided a total service encompassing furniture, decor, etc. When we had viewings, everyone said 'wow', and the property was let within a week. I would definitely work with her again. David Bonnes
Suzy is a talented interior designer and artist, and we were privileged to have her help and insight into making our house into a stylish and practical space. We will continue to use her services as we progress room by room creating an environment we all love and enjoy V Chauhan
Last year we opened a beautiful Art Deco cinema with a nearly impossible set of circumstances. It was a full renovation and restoration of an original Art Deco cinema closed since the 1960’s. Six months before the opening date the building was still a shell. Initially brought on board just to choose furniture and colour schemes, Suzy ended up working on every aspect of the design, from electrical layouts and ceiling levels through to the bar, toilet and door design, joinery drawings and Art Deco cup-holder details on the beautiful custom made yellow leather seats in the auditorium. She acted as a bridge between the client and the various trades to ensure everyone pulled together in the same direction. She was extremely well organised and met all our demanding deadlines and thanks to Suzy we opened on time with no disasters and a lot of successes. Thank you Suzy! Emma Goddard Regal Cinema Fordingbridge www.theregalcinema.org
Having either done the interior design in our home myself in the past and once or twice hiring help, I was aware how much work and time goes into it and how expensive it can be. When we needed to do up our basement and make it into a more adult space, now that our grandchildren are bigger, I decided I wasn't up to doing it all myself. I saw that Suzy worked from basic hourly rates and also did consultation for as little or as much as needed. I also really loved that she was an artist too.She chatted with me about ideas for the TV room but also suggested we do the hall and utility room at the same time so that the whole basement floor was as smart and in-keeping in style. She made a lot of great design suggestions but always asked my opinions and preferences, so it felt collaborative. Although I hired and paid the various trades people directly, Suzy liaised with them and ensured their pricing was fair and obtained other comparative quotes and made sure they had proper instructions and plans etc. When I felt a bit panicked about the strong colour we had had the room painted in, she was calming and asked me to wait until we had the furniture and art back in, to see how it would look, but that she would help me change it if I didn’t love it, even if she had to repaint it herself! She came and styled the room with some of our stored items and books and loaned us some art of her own. I could see clearly then, how lovely it was going to look and I’m glad she asked me to hold fire on a decision.We ended up commissioning her to do the lovely artwork for the room also. We love the TV room, but my biggest surprise is how proud I am of my new utility room. It’s so lovely, I almost don’t want to use it! As she passed on her trade discount for the sofas, the hourly rates I paid her were more than negated and her help was amazing value and very valuable. I definitely couldn’t have achieved all this on my own.Mrs Williams
Suzy had worked for me a few years ago, furnishing a rented house. That was done in a modern style, as it was a modern house. When I engaged her to do the full interior design and project management of our new house, which was being totally renovated on the inside, I was expecting something similar. I gave her an open brief, simply asking for it to look elegant and to provide large beds. The designs she came up with were a very pleasant surprise. Using the Regency style façade of the house as inspiration and liaising with our architect and developers, she delivered a very friendly and original house, filled with beautiful and interesting things down to the smallest detail. My wife is also very happy and our children love their rooms. We find it a comfortable place to live and are proud to show it to our friends. For the result we got, the price was very reasonable and the whole big project happened almost without a hitch. The few small problems that arose were communicated to us and swiftly dealt with. I am most happy that the house does not look like any other I have ever seen. It’s very original. I would recommend Suzy to anyone looking for an all-round residential interior designer and project manager. George King
Suzy was bright and breezy and full of ideas when she visited our Victorian home in Bristol. We had been living in our home for over 17 years but hadn’t yet tackled the hallway, save for some boring old white paint whilst we worked on the rest of the house. We wanted to be brave with colour choices and create a contemporary look. I absolutely love the yellow stripe that she suggested which runs down one side of the stairs and into the hallway. When Mandala (our decorators) started work, they hadn’t ever used this technique but did a brilliant job and I understand they want to recreate it for their place too! We hadn’t thought about painting below and above the dado with the same colour, including the dado rail itself. I think it really works and love the Valspar paint colours. Suzy also suggested having just one wall with family photos and another wall with just art, not mixing the two and we will definitely be following this through once we’ve finished whittling them all down! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting with Suzy and would definitely use her on our next project. Georgina and Andrew Brown
Working with Suzy was extremely collaborative. She asked simple questions about the rooms; a mixture of the pragmatic (if you are working, where will you put your laptop), what is your budget and aesthetic? What materials do you like? What colour palette? Which artists or designers have inspired you? She then returned with a number of different concepts from which to choose. She was always very clear about timings and costs and put together the chosen concept brilliantly. She also looked after the small details very well, such as sourcing a bespoke bolster or tracking down some lamps, that were out of stock, from an alternate source. David Byrne We used Suzy’s services as a consultant and for space planning and mood boards for a building project my husband and I could not agree on. As a builder and civil engineer, he had decided to add a garden room on to our house, which seemed to me to be an unnecessary folly, especially as we already had a good conservatory. Suzy asked many pertinent questions and made many suggestions about ways that this room could be used and fit in with our lifestyle and the general style of our house. She showed us the way that the space could be utilised and made lists and gave us images and detailed specifications of options of potentially suitable furnishings and colour schemes which were very well priced. Ultimately, she helped us to find a shared vision and to turn a contentious project into something we were both excited to complete together. Mrs Elspeth Cotton Suzy was like a dream come true. I approached Suzy for help after months of tearing my hair out with my living space. Although I had decorated the remainder of my house myself I could not find the right feel for my lounge and desperately needed some guidance. Suzy was brilliant and after an intense hour of brain storming colours and ideas, she returned a day or so later with the perfect design to make my current furniture fit with a cool colour scheme and matching soft furnishings. If it wasn’t for Suzy, I'd still be entertaining in my kitchen. Samantha Mori Dear Suzy, Thank you very much for my bedroom. I love it! I love the blue walls and the added decorations like the butterflies and the peacock feather design. I also liked the necklace and the earrings. I like this bedroom particularly because it has an interesting “nature” kind of theme like the shells in the bathroom. I never thought I would have a bedroom like this. Anna (aged 12) Suzy came to help with our 'blank canvas' of a cottage and her ideas were instant. Within a few hours we had pages of thoughts and ideas, colour schemes, lighting and fabric suggestions to take the place of our magnolia walls and mismatched furniture and all on her first visit - there was no going away and thinking about it.This was followed by a concise list of websites and stores for us to look at and with her help transform our cottage from drab into a dream. Emily Reed We knew that we wanted to achieve something special when we set about redecorating our sitting and dining rooms. We were unsure quite how to achieve that transfer from mental image to reality; this was where Suzy came in. Being introduced to Suzy was the best thing that could happen to our home improvement project! Suzy has the unique ability to see space and possibility where to the untrained eye none seem to exist. Her experience and ideas enabled us to remain true to the character and age of our house, whilst introducing a modern contemporary feel and look in subtle, sympathetic ways. The end result is a delight and pleasure that we enjoy each and every time we enter the room, we cannot recommend Suzy highly enough. Karen and Andy Tattersall