Town interior designer bucks lockdown

A Wetherby interior designer is bucking the effects of lockdown and increasing its staff levels to cope with increased demand.

Monday, 14th June 2021, 10:59 am

Richard Grafton Interiors, which opened a showroom in Wetherby just a year ago, has announced the appointment of experienced interior designer Helen Mackay.

“Despite having been shut for six months during lockdown, the Wetherby showroom is going from strength to strength and we are already having to recruit a fourth interior design specialist in response to ongoing customer demand,” said Richard Grafton.

Having worked in interior design for nearly nine years, Helen joins from Furnish & Fettle in Wetherby where she spent over four years.

Prior that, Helen worked with Richard Grafton at James Brindley in Wetherby for more than four years.

Richard added: “Having worked with Helen previously, I have always been impressed by her design flair and I’m really pleased that she’s come full circle to work with us again.

“The Wetherby showroom is performing strongly and Helen’s arrival will further bolster our talented team here.”

Helen is the fourth interior designer to join the team and will work alongside well-known interior design specialists Donna Schofield and Karen Draper who manage the showroom, supported by Rebecca Thomas.

The Wetherby-based team also works with Richard Grafton Interiors’ in-house architectural design specialists who delivery projects for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms as well as cabinetry.

The popular Yorkshire interiors, architecture and design business expanded from its well-established showrooms in Harrogate and Ilkley last June following a £500,000 investment in the renovation of a Georgian building on the High Street, Wetherby.

Helen said: “I’m genuinely excited to be working with Richard again and joining such a renowned team.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming customers, old and new, to this beautiful new showroom where they can get inspiration from our stunning room sets as well as being given informed design advice.”

Richard Grafton Interiors has evolved from providing fabrics and soft furnishings to offering a complete service with its team of designers, spatial planners and installers providing full architectural design and project management.

Since launching in March 2012, the business has grown from seven staff to a 21-strong team, including 13 designers working across its interior design and architectural divisions.