I am from a long line of seamstresses, weavers, upholsterers and designers. I was immersed in interiors from a very young age, helping out in my mother's interiors shop.
I went on to study design and construction of theatre & television costumes, working within the film industry both as a maker and a supervisor, then subsequently as a designer.
After extensively renovating several homes, including a derelict hostel in Wells, my love of interiors naturally developed. In 2003 I set up JRI Design + Soft Furnishings, I enjoy working with people and helping them turn their visions into reality.
I am passionate about interiors, even a slight colour change can totally alter the look and feel of a home. I always advise customers, if possible, to choose things in the comfort of your own home, what looks great in a shop or online can look very different in your own environment. I appreciate that sometimes, with so much choice, it's just a trusted second opinion that is needed to make the important decisions, which should be enjoyable, not stressful and can avoid costly mistakes.
I am equally happy working on a simple blind, a complete house or a commercial project, either with contemporary or traditional styles, or combining the two. I keep informed with up and coming trends and I have a love of traditional crafts and materials.
I am in the unique position of fully understanding fabrics and design whilst being a very proficient maker, with an eye for detail.