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Winter Style

Be inspired by these fabulous winter style interior decor boards…Image







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.



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.



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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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:

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.








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…



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