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The role of an Interior Designer

Ever wondered how the role of an Interior Designer is defined?…

From taking the client’s brief and developing designs to overseeing a project right through to the installation of furniture, artworks and accessories, the role of the interior designer is multifaceted.  Let’s look at the role in more detail…

A professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces.  For the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public, the professional Interior Designer combines efficiency, flexibility, creativity and good business skills with an ability to complete projects on time and in budget and will generally perform the following:

– integrate findings with knowledge of interior design
– formulate preliminary design concepts that are appropriate, functional and aesthetic
– develop and present final design recommendations through appropriate presentation media
– prepare working drawings and specifications for non-load-bearing interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures and equipment
– collaborate with professional  services of other licensed practitioners in technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval
– prepare and administer bids and contract documents as the client’s agent
– review and evaluate design solutions during implementation and upon completion.

If you are considering engaging the services of an Interior Designer for your project, what is certain is they will save you time, stress and costly mistakes.  For help with your project contact Murray Hurst Interiors: 0113 243 6767  Email.



AW13 Cushion Collection

Cushion Collection – Autumn/Winter 2013 – Available from Murray Hurst Interiors

Beautiful country style cute and quirky feature cushions, drawn and painted by artists specialising in watercolour and manufactured in the UK, using fabric of natural fibres such as cotton, linen and wool.

Dare we mention they would make great Christmas presents?!

All available from Murray Hurst Interiors. Please email for more details and how to order.


Gregor Linen


Galloping Horses




Mr Wooley


Deer Couple




Mr Carp


Pheasant Patch Pillow


Ring Neck Pheasant 1


Seascape Velvet


Heather Glen


Nutcracker Linen

 All available from Murray Hurst Interiors. Please email for more details and how to order.

Trim it up…

Never underestimate the effectiveness of interior trimmings in pulling together a scheme, adding the all important finishing touches.  Trimmings in the form of borders, braids, rope and cord can be added to scatter cushions, curtains, blinds and furniture to highlight accent colours, introduce new texture and add interest to plain fabrics and finishes.  See this selection of just a handful of trimmings and tiebacks available to purchase from Murray Hurst Interiors.

A contemporary collection, emphazing pure design elements such as metal and modern colours for Alium tieback, dyed wood for Amazone tieback, carved wood for Eolia, and silver plate incorporating natural look pastel wiremesh strands for Lucia. Three leather tiebacks and three others combining wood and metal create effects to achieve a contemporary look and feel, associated with braids, fringes and piping cord.
A selection of contemporary designs available in four natural linen colours: white, natural, brown and black. Cord and braided tieback blend originality and natural look. Other tassel tiebacks focus on material purity and woven leather effects. Waxed cotton details bring to this collection a distinctly modern feel.
A trimmings collection at once feminine and sophisticated, designed as an inventive line of fashion accessories. Each model is composed of a set of satiny beads and rings, put together like necklaces, pendants or wide belts, making original and spectacular tiebacks. It exists in 15 trendy colours: from orange to ochre, from anise to chocolate, from violet to black, from pink to burgundy… the tones creating a bicoloured harmony with a truly striking effect.
This collection of contemporary and stylised trimmings collection adorned with transparent, black and amber glass beads. The “Art Deco” style used in tie-backs and trimmings, gives to this collection a true identity and sense of style, with a subtle two-tone slant, presented in a range of 12 soft colours.
This is a new complete collection of matt trimmings in Trevira CS, sober and contemporary, available in a range of 12 colours.
Les ombrés, one of the two ranges of the trimmings collection OUTDOOR-INDOOR, are made of viscose yarns that can be washed with soft soap at temperatures up to 60°C.
In addition, the braids of this range also benefit a repellent treatment, that offers a better resistance to dirt and water.


Design Tip – Playful Prints

Don’t be fooled in thinking painting a small room a light colour is the answer to making it feel bigger. Opt for colour and print to distract from its dimensions and create a theme. In particular a Cloakroom/ WC  is an ideal room to be creative and playful. So push yourself out of your comfort zone and have some fun with colour and print.  See our selection of favourite designs…


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Colour Watch – Teal

This week’s Colour Watch – Teal… At Murray Hurst Interiors, we like to add a touch of colour to a space to set a mood – we like to call it the ‘Jam’ in a scheme. The mellow tone of teal works beautifully with its complimentary colour, coral, or with a simple neutral setting. Interestingly, as well as bringing  a retro feel of the 60’s, like our previous colour watch, Aubergine, it too has a rich and regal feel. Teal is versatile in any room in the home, we find it works particularly well in the living room and bedroom.

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Colour Watch – Aubergine

This weeks colour watch… Aubergine.

One of our favourite colours to work with currently at Murray Hurst interiors is the complex and brooding colour – Aubergine.You may think it seems like a deep, rich choice, but when mixed with complementary colours such as yellow tones, particularly the warm tones of ochre and also sharp lime green, it can create a beautifully striking scheme. Aubergine, like its lighter cousin purple, can introduce a regal element to a room and when teamed with metal finishes such as copper, chrome and gold it oozes sophistication and luxury. This colour has signified wealth, power and opulence since at least the time of the Roman Republic, so lets keep the power of aubergine evolving in our designs and indulge ourselves in aubergines rich tones!


Colour Watch – Coral

Over the next few weeks keep an eye out for our colour watch posts… From inspiring natural imagery to stylish interior spaces.

Imagery such as these are known as ‘concept images’ which convey and idea, mood and atmosphere which is the creative part of the design process. These images are then used to develop possible decorative and practical schemes. Even as an interior designer, it is important to feed your imagination with visual stimulation and reference solutions from concept images to develop ideas.

See our selection of concept image examples and how these can be used to develop finished interior schemes.



Beautiful Bedrooms – which one would you like to wake up in?

We have been searching for our favourite bedroom designs, focusing on the key elements we believe are most important in creating the perfect bedroom hideaway and have sourced these beautiful boudoirs to illustrate these.   Over sized headboards, plush textured fabrics and striking feature walls are just a few key areas to consider when designing for that all important ‘hotel finish’.  But what we would like to know here at Murray Hurst Interiors is… which of our favourites is your favourite?  Which of these beautiful bedrooms would you like to wake up in?

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Padded full wall headboard with luxurious throw and scatters create a heavenly boudoir here.


This beautifully designed four poster positioned central to the room creates a grand master suite.


A simple palette of neutral greys create a calming scheme with character beams defining the space.


For a more traditional feel this beautiful french inspired bedroom adds a feminine touch.


Luxurious fabrics and statement pieces teamed with glamorous finishes create an opulent, sophisticated scheme.


Bold pattern and a fresh burst of colour create a fun, welcoming feel in this contemporary scheme.


A dark feature wall teamed with mirrored finishes displays a dramatic scheme in this spacious bedroom.


A mirrored feature wall and fresh accent colours create a bright, happy room.


Luxurious fabrics teamed with statement over sized pieces create an opulent, impressive scheme.


The drama of this black four poster with additional black finishes creates a bold, statement bedroom.


Our new find this month is ‘CASAMANCE’ a fabric and wallcovering supplier from France that has that certain “je ne sais quoi” (couldn’t resist!)

Providing us with superbly diverse ranges, modernising traditional designs, enough to wow everyone, no matter what your style!



One of our favourite collections here at Murray Hurst Interiors is Horizons – discovered today upon our rummaging. The collection is a modern take on traditional African fabrics, combining a woven effect with some glitzy colours.

Our top spot: Horizons Ikat Beige (above left) – A spot that even had me reconsidering plans for my own home.



A lively and contemporary range that draws on Parisian elegance. This collection provides a combination of florals, dog tooth and geometric designs using neutrals, metallics and vibrant colours throughout.



A sumptuous collection of plush velvets in a range of fun patterns and bold colours. We would not suggest you use these in a large quantity but they are great for creating a statement piece and adding a little punch to your designs.

With such a huge array of wallpapers and fabrics to choose from, from beige to bold, floral to geometric, dogtooth, metallics, sheers, stripes, it really would be difficult to not find something you love!

CASAMANCE definitely gets a big thumbs up from us and we look forward to using their designs in future projects.

Photo Shoot Chic

You must have noticed by now that the ‘Dilapidated house with peeling paintwork look’ (catchy, I know) is proving to be the most popular back drop for photo shoots from high end fashion through to advertising carpets, some of us are even sporting the look on our nails!  But here at Murray Hurst Interiors we think it’s about time we started bringing this look into our homes instead of leaving it in the magazines. So we have collated a range of products that can help you achieve this look for your self, albeit a slightly more structured version.



These bold runners are from Alternative flooring and look great against the exposed stairs, who’d have thought it!

Its easy enough to achieve the industrial style look in a converted warehouse apartment but what about those of us that don’t have brick walls to expose and are having to work with internal plasterboard? Well with some of the new wallpapers on the market  we can achieve the look with less of the mess.



Crackle ‘Peeling plaster’ wallpaper from Andrew Martin comes in four different colourways. Seen here with outdoorsy statues and a shabby, possibly hessian, tapestry style sofa.  If this look is a little too shabby for you then how about teaming it with painted wooden paneling and some oversized curtains to create a more homely feel.


Be it an artists studio or a studio apartment this paper would look great (yes it is a wallpaper!). This is a really effective way of achieving the industrial look whilst maintaining a sense of warmth. Team up with some stainless steel lamps and some retro filing cabinets and you’re there.


If it’s a fresher feel you’re after then perhaps you would prefer this White Timber effect paper.


This effect would also look great in a seaside inspired scheme combined with some pale linen fabrics,  but be sure to bring in plenty of texture too with a big rug.


ImageSticking with the same style but with a touch more nature as apposed to the industrial look, this wallpaper is a favourite of ours here at Murray Hurst Interiors.  Its vertical embossed finish gives an almost 3D effect and it is available in 6 natural colourways giving the impression of tree bark. Here’s hoping we get the right project for it soon!


This fabric-backed vinyl ‘distressed’ from Tektura can be stretched to fit any sized wall and looks amazing in this double height apartment. The exposed wooden beams and floor to ceiling windows compliment the winter forest effect just perfectly, truly bringing the outdoors in.

A worn leather sofa or chair can look really great against exposed brick, wood or stone, either in your home or in a dimly lit industrial chic style bar, try a worn Chesterfield.



Keeping the furniture and artwork all close together and low to the floor keeps the room cosy against the contrast of the high ceilings and windows.

The next two images show dappled wash paint work, instead of having exposed plaster, brick or stone, giving the same effect just keeping it a bit more homely. Image

ImageSo, isn’t it refreshing for a residential Interior Designer the support the ‘not so perfect’ finish?!   This is a style you can really relax with and enjoy, so don’t hold back, it’s time to go ‘photo shoot chic’!

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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:


Completed Project – Living Room (Roundhay, Leeds)

The Brief:  Living Room redesign, space to be used for relaxing and taking time out, yet with a formal feel. Neutral colour scheme with bold patterned accents. Design work to include: space planning, decoration, lighting, new carpet and specification of all furniture, furnishings and equipment.









Client Testimonial:
“Natalie was charming and professional.  She listened to our ideas, developed and added to them introducing colours and ideas we would never have thought of or were not brave enough to use ourselves. She delivered a fantastic end result without fuss, co-ordinating decorators, electricians and soft furnishers. All within our budget.” Matthew James.

All products seen in the above project available from:

Going Geometric

I have been a fan of geometric patterns in interior design for a long time now, usually just a sprinkling with scatter cushions though or the odd upholstered chair but I think it’s time to look at spreading geometrics to larger aspects of a scheme as recently I seem to have come across some really fantastic geometric designs that really need to be seen!

Of course it’s nothing new… geometric design dates back to Ancient Greece, the mysterious mathematics of geometry made it one of the most studied  sciences but what we’re interested in at Murray Hurst Interiors is the aesthetic and the effects that can be created in an interior scheme.

Whether it’s wallpaper, fabric, tiles or flooring, when using a bold geometric pattern it is important to play with scale and proportion in the scheme and consider the right pieces to compliment the pattern.  For example, strong angular furniture in a block tonal colour can help to ground the look.

When using geometric wallpapers try reflecting the pattern in the use of accessories, for example, mirrors, lamp bases or furniture pieces.   So here are some examples of how you might like to consider bringing a geometric statement into your home…








Decosource at The Mansion

I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Decosource last week, a new trade only interiors roadshow exhibition held at three venues:  Ragley Hall (Warwickshire), Tatton Park (Cheshire) and The Mansion (Leeds – my birthplace!).  My parents got married at The Mansion 37 years ago and I pretty much grew up on the swings and slides in it’s grounds of Roundhay Park, so the visit had a touch of sentimental value.

Unlike most trade exhibitions I attend throughout the year, this one was unique not only for it’s beautiful setting but for it’s intimate feel with selected high end brands from Chelsea Harbour Design Centre and the top end of Decorex Exhibitors, and unique to me in that it took place right on my doorstep!

Having undergone an incredible refurbishment a couple of years ago, The Mansion now provides a stunning venue with a timeless interior, a collection of impressive chandeliers and beautiful soft furnishings that are right up my street!


Recently launched and existing product ranges where on display from big name brands including: Robert Allen, Beacon Hill, Christian Fischbacher, Titley & Marr, George Spencer, Chase Erwin, Swaffer, Casal, Johnstons of Elgin, Tres Tintas, Alhambra, Ian Sanderson, Henry Bertrand, Hertex Fabrics, Gisbert Rentmeister, Paul Montgomery, Leitner and Blindfashion.

Here are our favourite striking fabric finds from the show… ten of the best from Robert Allen and Hertex Fabrics.  Each available to sample and purchase from Murray Hurst Interiors



Top Ten Shutter Designs

Having designed another room with plantation shutters and delighted with the result, we thought we would share with you our Top Ten Shutter Designs. Simple, timeless and beautifully stylish, plantation shutters are an ideal window treatment for any home as they can be customised from a choice of finishes and colours to tie in perfectly with your interior.








Birmingham Hawk Eye

So I have just returned from the annual Interiors UK 2012 which is held every year at the Birmingham NEC.  I have entitled this post ‘Birmingham Hawk Eye’ because you have to have eyes of a hawk at such exhibitions!  There are always so many products to see across so many different styles from a whole host of national and international suppliers that it’s important to ensure you pick out the cream of the crop whilst you’re there!

Anyway, here are some of my favourite finds, which I would class as the cream from this years show, all of which are available to purchase through Murray Hurst Interiors

I have added some product comments on the MURRAY HURST INTERIORS facebook page – please visit to have a read..


Talking Turquoise

With this dreadful grey weather surrounding us it’s time to talk colour and lift our spirits by admiring a touch of turquoise!  At Murray Hurst Interiors we have decided to kick start the year with some appreciation for the effects bright colours can have on us and the impact they can have on an interior scheme.  We’ll be looking at various colours over the coming months and selecting interior images that present these colours superbly.  So let’s talk turquoise!… Like the mineral, turquoise shades range from almost sky blue to deep greenish blues.  You can create feminine appeal with the lighter shades of turquoise whereas the darker teal shades have a somewhat more masculine feel.


Turquoise is a calming shade that is said to aid in concentration. It’s a clean fresh-looking shade that works as well in a living room as in a playroom, however we think it works beautifully in any room in the house if used correctly.  See some of our favourite examples…



Let there be light…

Lighting can dramatically effect the perception of any room and therefore should be a key element in the design process. Not only can it affect the brightness of a room but can also have an effect on the wall colourings, cast shadows that will make the room appear smaller and have impact on the presentation of artwork.
I assume that the majority will know the importance of natural light when it comes to your health and the likes of work ethic and productivity and so all I will say on this matter is create as much of it as possible!

There are various categories of lighting and 1000’s to choose from within that, so here are some pointers to help you know where to begin.  First of all, what effect are you trying to achieve? What is its function?





Provide overall, general lighting. When choosing the general light source for your room ensure you chose a style that fits in with the exiting decor, you want the lighting to compliment the room, not be the centre of attention. A general light should fill the room with a glow of light and soften shadows.

TASK lighting

Task lighting is all about practicality. Task lighting allows us to fulfill a specific function or activity efficiently and safely, for example reading or cooking, the latter one I find of great importance and the best way to provide task lighting for cooking is to have under cupboard lighting, this way the light source is located between your head and the object you are focusing on, ensuring there are no shadows, maintaining safety at all times, this should ideally be the case for all task lighting. Recessed, track lighting and lamps are the most common types of task lighting.

ACCENT lighting

If you are looking to highlight an item within your room, i.e. Artwork or an architectural detail, then accent lighting is what you need to look for. The focus should always be on illumination and not on the light source itself. In order to be effective, accent lighting needs to be at least 3 times brighter that the general lighting around it.


Most lighting can be decorative as well as functional, however there is some lighting specifically designed to add beauty or interest to a space. Lighting such as chandeliers and light sculptures can often give the illusion of lighting a room, as they are the most dramatic feature; however, more often than not it will be the accent, task and ambient lighting providing the general illumination. If any one decorative light source were to provide the main illumination for a room it would become the centre of attention and dominate the interior scheme.

MOOD Lighting

Lighting can often have an effect on peoples moods without them realising so you need to consider what sort of mood you want to encourage within the room in question. Bright lights are upbeat and stimulating, whereas low lights have a more cosy, intimate feel.  It is possible to achieve both these effects in the same room (not at the same time) with the use of both a general light source and decorative lighting such as lamps.  Dimmer switches are also a good way of achieving this.

The harmony of the lighting is very important, chances are you may need lighting from each category; make sure to buy lights that compliment each other.  More often than not lighting manufacturers will sell a style of lighting with pieces from each category; this is an easy way to ensure your lighting matches.

Harmony is further enhanced by lighting fixtures with designs that match the room’s mood and function and are varied enough in size, texture and intensity to add interest.

There is no right or wrong way to light your home, but ensure you plan it carefully to get the best results!

I’ve put together a selection of lighting schemes from some of my favourite lighting manufacturers to give you a feel for the sort of styles that work well together.  For details on any of these designs contact Murray Hurst Interiors:

Hunters Comes Home!

After weeks of preparations, Hunters Estate Agents has moved into its new Ilkley home at 4-5 Crescent Court.  To celebrate the opening, a VIP industry launch party took place on Thursday evening which gave selected guests an opportunity to take a tour of the office and view the cutting of the ribbon to mark the official opening.

Covering Ilkley, Otley, Guiseley and Menston, the new branch is a welcome newcomer to Ilkley and the up and coming lifestyle hub Crescent Court!

Owner of the new branch, my husband – Lester Hurst – said of the launch:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have opened our doors! Thanks to the hard work of my talented wife and the team at Murray Hurst Interiors and the wonderful George Smith, the interior looks fabulous and we can’t wait to start welcoming visitors. Lookout Ilkley, Hunters has arrived!”

So let’s take a closer look at the interior which I designed for this flagship office, starting with the pieces I selected for the reception area, a key feature in the design, handcrafted furniture by the international luxury brand George Smith, a proud Northern business.

The Sofa is called the ‘Somerville’ and comes buttoned or unbuttoned, can be done in any width, and be upholstered in any fabric, leather or suede.  It is quite a formal/classic Sofa with the fixed seat/back, and has a comfortable seating height, and depth which gives it a really luxurious finish. Legs can be tapered or turned, and finished in a selection of stains. The fabric on this particular one is a George Smith Velvet Mohair in Black of which there are 20 alternative colours in the range. It has an extremely high thread count which makes it ideal for deep buttoned furniture.

The Two chairs are part of George Smith’s ‘Signature range’. Of these they can offer different depths to suit all height, various arm options, fixed or loose cushion back dependent on the use. (Fixed slightly more formal, loose cushion back for everyday comfort). Again they can offer a choice on leg styles, colours and castors and in any fabric/leather etc can be specified. The ones used for this project are again covered in a George Smith Tweed Linen(cranberry), this particular fabric is one of their best sellers as the slight two tone, works well in most rooms. There are a choice of five colours.

The little Baby Soho Drums can come buttoned or unbuttoned, and are a popular choice for various rooms. They have been used in bars/lounges/bedrooms etc such is their versatility. The name came about as they have been specified throughout the Soho House hotel group. These particular ones are finished in a Neisha Crossland fabric (Zig Zag Watermelon/Silver Birch).

Any of the pieces can be adapted to clients specific requests, as George Smith have their own wood mill attached to their factory in the North East.

Some background on the company:

George Smith was most well known for cabinet making and upholstery during the first quarter of the 19 th Century and was spoken of in the same breath as contemporaries Henry Holland and Thomas Hope.

He made furniture in a wide, eclectic range of tastes, based generally on the late neo-classical style, but also including neo-gothic style work and chinoiserie. He produced several pattern books the first being “A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration.”

Every item of George Smith furniture is made using only the finest natural raw materials, with many of the styles still being based on original designs. Built by hand in our workshops, our skilled craftsmen are continuing the traditions of classic craftsmanship developed in generations gone by.

Prime, seasoned beech or birchwood is used for the custom made frames, each hand-jointed and built to exact specifications.

Heavy steel coiled springs are tied by hand into wide bands of interwoven jute webbing to provide balanced weight distribution for maximum comfort.

Boar bristle is used as the primary stuffing, enveloping and cushioning the coil springs. A cotton feather mixture is layered over the whole of each frame to provide thick padding and comfort. Finally a muslin pad is hand-sewn in place to provide a smooth and seamless base of upholstery, creating the look and feel that only traditionally made upholstery can.

Channelled seat cushions are hand stuffed with a mixture of duck down and duck feathers to attain the right degree of softness and durability.

The cutting and positioning of the final cover, be it fabric, leather or kilim, takes great skill and meticulous attention to detail. The cover is hand cut to the correct pattern and hand sewn into place on the frame.

The completed George Smith furniture will provide its owner with an unparalleled degree of comfort and beauty attainable only through the finest craftsmanship available.

It is so great to be working with a proud northern company of such exquisite quality and workmanship.  Thank you to Jonathan and Venassa for all their help along the way and I look forward to bringing future clients to your wonderful Harrogate showroom to show them examples of the stunning designs available.

Luxury look for local Estate Agent’s office

This Thursday there will be a real buzz around the Ilkley hotspot Crescent Court – the lifestyle-central hub of Ilkley where the new HUNTERS office launch party will take place.  It is my husband, Lester, who runs the business and who I have designed the interior for.  It has been a great project to run and I am so thrilled with the finished look – a luxury, high-end interior with a real homely feel.  It is actually more like an elegant living room than an estate agent but surely that is exactly how an estate agent’s office should be?!  not awash with hard finishes in glass and chrome, full of ‘office chairs’ like you would find in a call centre.  Buying a new home is a big deal!  It should be an enjoyable life experience where one should be made to feel special and should be extremely well looked after.  Relaxing in a homely environment to discuss the progress of your sale or to look for your dream home should be the norm, that’s what both Lester and I really believe and we hope that future customers of Hunters Ilkley will look forward to visiting the office with it’s luxury feel and comfort.  A key feature which has helped to create the desired look and feel is the beautiful handcrafted furniture in the reception area by the international luxury brand George Smith, a proud Northern business.  The furniture is out of this world, exquisitely designed with the most luxurious of fabrics which have already attracted a lot of attention!

Good luck to Lester and his team on Thursday, looking forward to supporting you on the night.. just make sure no one sits on those sofas!

Photos to follow after the event..
For more information on Hunters and the Hunters Ilkley launch event visit:!/HuntersIlkley

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Loft Apartment Refurb… DONE!

Project: Loft Apartment in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Client: Young Professional Couple

Brief: To redesign the open plan living space to include new kitchen, new flooring, furniture and soft furnishings.  Contemporary style with clean lines and bold use of colour.

Client Testimonial:

“Many thanks for a fantastic job on our living space. We were delighted to work with someone that listened to our requirements, but also who challenged us to open our minds to new ideas.  We’re delighted with the result, and have a little smile every time we walk into the room.  Natalie provided one of the rare things in business; a project delivered to requirements, on time and on budget.  We will never know if it was a difficult or easy project; just what we wanted as busy people.”


Phillip Jeffries Wall of Fame

Now in its third decade, Phillip Jeffries Ltd. has emerged as the industry leader in hand crafted wallcoverings, stocking more than 900 natural wallcoverings including Japanese Paper Weaves, Gold Leaf, Grasscloth, Hemps, Silks, Linens, Granite, and Raffia as well as unique hand crafted specialties.

Headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey, Phillip Jeffries Ltd. maintains a worldwide network of “to the trade” showrooms and sales representatives, all designs of which are available to sample and purchase from Murray Hurst Interiors Ltd.

Needless to say we are delighted to be included on the Phillip Jeffries ‘Wall of Fame – Designer Installations’, for our use of their stunning and intriguing ‘Granite Stone’ wallcovering featured in the Granary Wharf penthouse apartment project completed earlier this year.

See Designer Installation Gallery:

Phillip Jeffries 'Granite Stone' selected and installed by Murray Hurst Interiors Ltd