Interior and architectural design studio Bernard Interiors has had a busy year, ‘with more residential enquiries than ever as people reassess their homes and way of living,’ says founder Jen Bernard. Over the past year the team has almost doubled in size to meet the growing demand both for entirely new projects as well as requests for revisiting existing schemes ‘with space, comfort and functionality now being the main drivers.’
From an early age, Jen Bernard had a passion for all things creative including art, interiors and styling. At her first Saturday job, aged 16, she had the chance to style room sets for magazines including Elle Decoration and from then on she was hooked. Jen studied interior architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, and on graduating in 2002 took her first job in an architectural practice specialising in commercial interiors. It was the time spent on site, building a rapport with clients and contractors, and problem solving that fuelled Jen’s desire to run her own design practice. And so, at the height of the 2008 global recession, Bernard Interiors was launched from her kitchen table.
We create timeless environments that facilitate our clients’ lifestyle or business aspirations
As a practice, Bernard Interiors is experienced in working with period properties and heritage buildings. Projects include an award-winning category A-listed Victorian townhouse in Scotland, a grade II*-listed Tudor manor house in Hampshire and a grade II-listed Arts & Crafts country home in Northumberland. ‘We love bringing older buildings back to life, with our carefully curated schemes,’ says Jen. Upcoming projects include a grade II-listed Neo-Georgian mansion in Berkshire, a late 19th-century manor house in Solihull and a new build luxury retirement development in Cobham, Surrey.
‘It’s important to understand the building, its history and uniqueness,’ she concludes. ‘Our role is both to create beautiful environments and to respect the building’s heritage. We never mimic the existing style of period, we aim to provide a new layer of history.’ And an alluring one at that.
Bernard Interiors The Church, Greystoke Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1PN +44 (0)1661 821427
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