Do you remember the House Doctor, Ann Maurice? She was the Californian real estate stylist, interior designer to you and me, who specialised in decluttering and restyling homes to sell during the late 1990′s?
Well it seems we have our very own house doctor in Wales. She is an American too or I should say a Welsh American.
Deborah Withey, an accomplished artist and designer, has lived in St Davids for the past 5 years. You may have enjoyed one of her design workshops in her Cheese and Pickles Studio or admired her work in galleries all over Wales.
Deborah is also experienced in ‘Speed Design’ and promises she can transform your living space with a moderate budget.
Deborah said “I have experience in interior design in the States but not in Wales — yet — and I’d like to change that. I am particularly strong in “speed design” as in….. a client gives me a budget which does not have to be large, and says “ help us to make our property look fresher, more contemporary or make my property look more classic and sophisticated….. or warmer, more inviting, etc. and I make it happen. Sometimes it’s deciding on a new colour palette for the wall, paint and cushions or removing clutter or making the most of what they already own by repositioning the furniture.”
Deborah also said “I would be willing to travel around Wales — in fact, it would be inspirational and a nice challenge. One of my creative director positions in the States was to oversee the design of more than 30 publications around the USA where reflecting a sense of place was important to the success of each. Every village and landscape, even a mile in each direction has its own character. Its a smart idea to reflect some of it in the interior design.
Of course, the property can also reflect the character of it’s owners – but holiday homes can be fun and look quite different to owner’s main residence which can be an exciting concept for both the home owner and their guests”.
If you would be interested in having Deborah restyle your Wales holiday cottages or any other Welsh home do get in touch.
07570 872 400
If you want to make a special romantic gesture, celebrate an anniversary or snuggle up in a secret hideaway, where better than in one of Wales’ Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The vibrant coastal village of Abersoch on the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula is an all year round destination. Continue reading “Abersoch – an all year round destination” »
Seeing Newgale flourish this summer has been a real pleasure. Following the severe storms that played havoc earlier in the year it was hard to believe the beautiful coastal village and 3 miles of golden sandy beach would ever be the same again.
A storm surge and high tide collided one wild and wet night in January. Gigantic waves tore over the beach and rolled up and over the pebble bank washing all in its path onto the road behind. The road disappeared under tons of pebbles and biblical floods consumed the buildings and fields beyond.
Determined locals, business owners, volunteers and Pembrokeshire County Council pulled out the stoppers. They worked tirelessly for days. Diversions were set up redirecting traffic through the country lanes to bypass the devastation. Meanwhile the big clean up operation got under way. Heavy plant was required to shovel up the pebbles and clear what was left of the road. New tarmac was laid, pavements too.
Great swathes of sand were washed away from the beach revealing more pebbles, bedrock and petrified forest. Fortunately the beach is so vast there is still plenty left for the usual beach fun, walking, watersports and all important surfing. The beach is still beautiful and over time we expect nature will replace what it has displaced with such ferocious force.
The long hot summer of 2014 has seen many visitors, perhaps more than ever, all thoroughly enjoying Newgale again. Guests in Newgale holiday cottages have certainly had a wonderful time. Many already planning their return visits.
That’s right – there was a big fuss made over what food was served to the heads of state who lead NATO member countries, with a number of Welsh delicacies cooked, served and eaten. Continue reading “Delicious Cardigan Bay Crab” »
Tails were wagging at the show last weekend, when dozens of dog lovers brought their dogs to the town in aid of a charity which helps elderly and terminally ill people and their pets. Continue reading “Doggie delights at Bodelwyddan dog show” »