An interior designer has helped transform two very different houses – the drawing room of a traditional home on the outskirts of the Ribble Valley and a contemporary new-build in Clitheroe

When product specialist Cheryl Fitton down-sized from a 14-room barn conversion in Chaigley to a three-bedroom contemporary new-build, she turned to interior designer Maureen Bentley of Whalley-based Theofano to help transform her new home.

“Maureen had helped with the interior of my previous home, so I trust her completely. We could only bring a few things to the new house as it is considerably smaller, so Maureen helped choose wallpaper, she sourced beautiful lighting and had cushions, soft furnishings and sofas made especially.”

Cheryl opted for blues, greys and neutrals that suited the modern sophisticated look that she wanted to achieve: “Maureen has a real eye for colour. She is really personable and easy to get on with, that’s why I keep going back to her,” says Cheryl, who intends to move south with her husband in a few years’ time to be with family.

“I have told Maureen she will have to come with me! I really can’t recommend her enough.”

In a contrasting project, Maureen was asked to totally refurbish a large drawing room for retired dentist Nigel Bramley-Haworth, who recalls: “I really hadn’t a clue what I wanted in the drawing room. It is a traditional L-shaped room, but it had a marble and mahogany fireplace which effectively divided it into two.

“When Maureen came to the house, she suggested we remove it completely, so we did, and it has completely changed the dynamics of the room.”

Maureen also advised Nigel on wallpaper and soft furnishings as well as painting a traditional oak bureau and bookcase, which is now a lovely focal feature.

“The bureau incorporates a bookcase with glass doors and is painted in a soft grey-green – it’s a very gentle shade. Maureen was also very specific about how to organise the bookcase – she insisted that the books and items on display should reflect my interests,” says Nigel, who enjoys opera, poetry, cruises and travel: “I have travelled the world and one of my most memorable trips was to Japan.”

Choosing colourways for the room, Maureen and Nigel chose a wallpaper featuring stunning oriental flowers which blends beautifully with shades of dark green and off-white.

“I have many treasured items from my travels that are now displayed on the shelves of the bookcase that looks amazing. I can’t praise Maureen enough – she has redefined the whole room.”

Speaking about the projects, Maureen adds: “Both Cheryl and Nigel were open minded and listened to advice – the ideal clients! We changed Cheryl’s solid doors to glass allowing light to bounce around the space.

“Nigel was happy to go along with our ideas. We suggested changes to the original space which then enabled him to make it his own with the addition of artwork and books. The room is a reflection of his diverse interests and delightful personality.”

Theofano Interior Design
5a Accrington Road, Whalley BB7 9TD
01254 825275



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