With a passion for design and a keen eye for colour, interior designer Haley Bevan was once a humble ‘kitchen table hobbyist’. Today, she owns and runs a successful business selling home accessories, ceramics and other unique pieces. Located in Eldwick, West Yorkshire, her shop was founded in 2009, and is home to a carefully curated selection of vintage finds, home fragrances, lighting, furniture and wall décor. Haley works closely with our Harrogate sofa store creating bespoke furniture for her clients.
For this month’s ‘On the sofa’ feature, we chat to Haley about all things interior design, including how she started out in the industry, what gets her feeling inspired, and what she feels are the key benefits of bespoke design.
How did you get into interior design?
After many years of collecting, restoring and selling small and interesting vintage pieces of furniture, I started a small business from my home studio, designing and hand painting children’s furniture and accessories, which were all personalised. These were sold at fairs such as The Country Living Magazine Fair in London, and Burghley Horse Trials in Lincolnshire. Gradually, customers began asking if I could also supply soft furnishings to add to their order, so I started designing and putting schemes together for curtains, blinds and cushions. As I can’t sew for toffee, I had to gather a team of experts who could support my new venture, and 15 years on, I’m so pleased to work with a team of professionals who help bring my ideas to life; sewing, fitting and dressing curtains, laying amazing floors, expertly painting and wallpapering, and of course, making sofas!
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My heart is in the country, so I’m definitely drawn to a classic British country house look, but with some contemporary elements thrown in. I love the seasons too, and like my interior schemes to be able to work throughout the year.
Can you give a little insight into your ethos and process?
I like to meet my clients at their home first, so I can get a feel for their lifestyle. For example, if they have a busy household and furnishings need to be practical, that helps us to decide on fabric and flooring choices. Also, how the light hits a room at different times of the day has a huge impact on the colour scheme, so that’s always helpful when deciding whether to use warm or cool colours. The main target, though, is giving the client a design that best reflects their personality and not mine! You spend many months, sometimes years, working on some homes, so you really get to know instantly what will work for each client has achieved a classic British Country House look using the Alwinton sofa and chair alongside the Bedham footstool.