ABOUT JULIA

“The Nigella of DIY”

From continually rearranging her bedroom and offering decorating advice to her parents at the age of 5, Julia has always had an interest in Interiors and when the opportunity presented to work in a soft-furnishings shop as a Saturday girl, the interest became a life-long passion.
From architectural planning to dramatic lighting designs, creative cabinetry to delivering stunning interior spaces, working with her design team, Julia excels at producing elegant yet practical homes, restaurants and hotels.

 

Design

Having worked for various top Interior Design companies, Julia decided to start her own business in 1997 in order to manage her life as a single mum and financial provider more effectively. “I don’t really know how I coped in the early days. It was very stressful and I spent 5 years clinging on by my fingernails!” Sharing a small terraced house with a friend and her two sons in a similar situation, Julia learnt tough lessons in coping with less than ideal living arrangements. “In many ways that time in my life has given me a far greater appreciation of how it feels to be really hard on your luck. My friend Kass and I would often not be able to afford to eat after feeding the 4 children. My daughters, Maddy and Sophie, shared a room 7 feet by 5 feet for several years. I am, therefore, able to empathise with the families we work for on the shows and really appreciate my home and the life I now have. Julia’s enormous energy and determination saw her through and she is now one of the most sought after designers both in the UK and overseas.

 

 

 

 

DIY

Julia DIY

Self-taught, Julia has spent 30 years perfecting her power-tool techniques and is keen to promote the sense of achievement and value that DIY brings! Her hands-on approach has helped her to earn respect on the building site and she is on a mission to teach women and girls to upskill and create beautiful homes for themselves. Julia regularly works with industry professionals and manufacturers to develop new tools and products.

 

 

Upcycling

Always with an eye to re-using and recycling, Julia has become renowned for her original upcycling ideas. Follow Julia’s blog and Pinterest pages for tips and ideas on upcycling unloved and outdated items into pieces of great beauty!

 

 

 

Rebuld title cardTelevision

Julia has achieved great success working on five series of DIY SOS for BBC1 with Nick and the lads and brings an energy and infectious enthusiasm as they transform families homes and lives across the Country. This year she has filmed her sixth series of 60 Minute Makeover with new presenter Peter Andre and prides herself on creating fabulous interiors on a tight budget and limited timeframe.

Her latest programme, Rebuild our Home, with Nicky Campbell for ITV will be on screen in June 2015. A huge thank you to all the suppliers who came forward to help Julia create a beautiful, cosy home for Mary & Joe Bruce who lost everything but the clothes they were wearing when their house burned to the ground on Christmas Day 2013. Click here for the Suppliers List and for information about the mammoth project.

She has also enjoyed working on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Live with Gabby, Daybreak, BBC Breakfast, and Tonight with Trevor McDonald.

“Tonight with Trevor was a great experience. It was a very valuable programme setting out to prove that renovating Victorian housing stock is a more effective solution to dealing with degraded housing areas than demolition. I still keep in contact with the people who work tirelessly to save their homes and their communities.” 

Writing

About JuliaWith so much experience to share from design tips  to environmental issues, DIY to self-building and renovating, crafting on a big scale and organic gardening, Julia is in much demand for her writing contributions. She writes regularly for  ‘Real Homes’ and ‘House Beautiful’ magazines and answers eco and design dilemmas for readers of the Sunday Times. One of these days she’ll have time to complete her book ‘Grit and Glamour’..

Seminars and courses

Seminars and Courses

Now in its 6th year, Julia delivers seminars on Interior Design subjects at the hugely successful National Home Improvement Show, Earls Court and the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show, NEC. She always welcomes opportunities to speak at private or public events and can be booked via her Press and PR agent, Nikki Johnceline.

For those wanting a small-group experience tapping into Julia’s wealth of knowledge to understand how to put interior schemes together, click here to read about and book a place on her brand new range of courses.

Homebase Design Academy

A new challenge for 2015, Julia has been tasked by Homebase Retail Group to mentor their new Interior Design Academy. The design students, based in stores around the Country, will have the opportunity to study for a City & Guilds Interior Design qualification, and receive career advice, design knowledge and insights from many industry professionals and leading product manufacturers in design and DIY.

“I am thrilled to be mentoring the Homebase Design Academy. The students are hugely enthusiastic and very talented individuals and I very much look forward to working with them this year and passing on my accrued knowledge over the years.” 

Visit Homebase Academy News page

Ambassador Role

 

Julia has been working with Hammonds Fitted Furniture during the past 12 months to help launch their latest furniture ranges and inspire their clients with interior design advice.

From monthly design blogs to appearing at the Ideal Home Show, Earls Court, to launch the new ‘Harpsden’ Range, Julia is committed to assisting the market-leader to further their position in the fitted furniture market.

 

Julia is delighted to be working with new wood-burning stove manufacturer ‘Stovey’ to launch the brand in the UK and Europe.

Delivering the best of British design combined with German engineering and with a superior environmental and ethical background, Julia believes the stoves to be the very best available within their price bracket.

Product design and development

Julia is currently busily at the drawing board creating a brand new range of dining room furniture for Danetti.

The fusion range of organic and contemporary tables and chairs will be launching in September 2015. News will be posted here!

“I couldn’t be more excited to have my own dining furniture range in development. Danetti are committed to quality and customer service at the very best price-point which suits my approach perfectly”

Charity
Julia supports three charities, all close to her heart.