Northside Magazine Feature – August 2012
See my ‘Top Interior Tips’ featured in this month’s Northside Magazine – page 20&21, along with a feature about my company – Murray Hurst Interiors, the level of service we provide and some project examples. Wording as below:
“I believe in offering a truly personal service, because designing a home is a journey,” explained acclaimed local interior designer Natalie Murray-Hurst in the stylish surroundings of the Hotel du Vin, Harrogate. “The journey continues as your children grow up and your lifestyle changes, and as a designer it’s great to be able to share those experiences and help clients accommodate their home accordingly.”
Natalie’s passion for interior design has taken her on a journey across the country. Having grown up in Leeds, Natalie moved to London to study at the prestigious KLC School of Design in Chelsea in 2007. After graduating, she worked for two award-winning designers in London, learning the ins and outs of the industry at the highest end. Then Natalie moved back to her Yorkshire roots to set up her own business, working predominantly on projects in the Golden Triangle of Leeds, York and Harrogate.
“Working in London gave me the chance to design at the highest level possible and it was here I acquired a keen eye for detail, learning that to achieve harmonious designs every aspect of the room should be considered.”
Back in the region where she first developed a love of interior design, Natalie explained how working here allows her to get involved in a variety of different projects.
“For example, at the moment I’m working on a contemporary duplex apartment in Leeds, but also a Grade II listed building in Ilkley. I believe that when designing a room and choosing furnishings it is important to be sensitive to the building’s heritage as well as the client’s wishes.”
While hiring an interior designer to renovate your home may sound like an extravagant move, in reality it can actually be an extremely practical decision – and one that can save on costly mistakes.
“Hiring an interior designer completely takes the stress away from the home owner,” said Natalie. “A recurring point in my client feedback is that the service is completely fuss free – we coordinate and manage all the trades and suppliers so the client doesn’t have to worry about a thing.
“Designers are used to sourcing difficult fabrics, materials and furnishings, both nationally and internationally – it is part of our job. So, what may seem like an impossible task is much easier for a designer, as they already have the resources.”
While hiring an interior designer may seem glamorous, that does not necessarily mean sky-high costs.
“I think the problem is that some people assume a designer will impose their own views on a home and this can get costly, but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Natalie.
“I believe in listening to clients and giving them a truly personal service, working closely with them to achieve their ideal room or home.”
More recently, Natalie has begun to work on projects in the Wharfe Valley in collaboration with her husband – Lester Hurst – owner of Hunters Estate Agency in Ilkley, advising buyers and sellers on how best to present their properties.
As Murray Hurst Interiors continues to grow as a business, the next few years look set to see more homes transformed for proud homeowners across Yorkshire.
A room with a view in Roundhay
One example of Natalie’s dedication to working closely with a client to fulfil their brief is a recent project in Roundhay. Having pitched against other designers, Natalie took on the challenge of creating a multi-functional, formal yet comfortable living space.
Natalie subtly incorporated a projector screen into the design of the room so that it could act as both a cinema room and a stylish living space.
In this room discreet lighting techniques were used to light a series of shelves, creating a calming and serene mood for evenings spent in the room.
While the room fulfils its cinema room purpose effectively, this was by no means its primary function, with tasteful and elegant décor making the room as appealing as a sitting room as it is cinema area.
“Natalie was charming and professional – she listened to our ideas, developed and added to them introducing colours and ideas we would have never thought of or were not brave enough to use ourselves,” said Mr Keller, owner of the property. “She delivered a fantastic end result without fuss, co-ordinating decorators, electricians and soft furnishers, all within our budget. We are more than happy with the finished result.”
Natalie’s top interior tips
Get the lighting right
“Lighting is an integral part of interior design as it can dramatically effect the perception of any room. Layering a variety of different light sources is the best way to create effective lighting within a room. If you were to make just one change to the lighting in your home, replace your light switches with dimmers.”
Choose your colours wisely
“Selecting a colour pallet for your home can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. Take inspiration from colours that appeal to you in everyday life, for example colours you enjoy wearing, and use this as a starting point on which to build your scheme.”
Create some texture
“Using different textures can make a room appear more comfortable and offers a great alternative to a patterned wall. Using textures such as linen or grasscloth to cover your walls creates an extremely calming effect and can provide a comfortable yet luxurious feel.”
To view the magazine online go to page 20/21: http://bit.ly/N8ArYs