What People Say
Jo worked with us on our renovation for over a year (curtains, carpets, sofas, paint colours, lights and rugs), always happy to help as much or as little as was needed. The time and dedication Jo gave to our project was truly valuable. Jo is someone who listens to the sort of look you want to achieve and will not rest until she has found solutions to satisfy everyone involved, this included husband, wife and in-laws at times! Jo is a professional, warm person, who will keep your budget in mind. Jo never forced her own style on us, she was happy to suggest ‘looks’ and move forward with the choices made during each meeting…even when these changed over time! I highly recommend Jo, I’m thrilled with our home and I know it wouldn’t look half as good without her.
Her attention to detail, customer satisfaction and after care is unlike anyone else I have encountered. She believes in the quality of the products that she recommends and the service she provides, as do I.
Lynne – East Sussex
We have worked with Beth Barker on a number of projects over the past 10 years in our last two houses. Both of these were large refurbishment projects on Grade II Listed properties, requiring sensitivity for the listing restrictions as much for our own desire to end up with a home that didn’t look out of keeping with the style and character of the property. We didn’t want a modern makeover, but also we didn’t want it pretending to be a style from the past that it’s not today. We wanted both projects to look sensitively restored rather than having had a makeover, but yet still wanted it appropriate for modern-day living with two young children.
Beth’s approach has always been to spend time to get to know us and what we’re trying to achieve from the work before proposing detailed designs. But in doing this, she doesn’t just follow our precise asks but also proposes other approaches – ideas, styles and techniques which challenge how we had been thinking about it. For me this is key to Beth’s approach – she works with you, brings new ideas, challenges our thinking and helps us arrive at a design that is exactly what you wanted, but we just didn’t know how to ask for it before!
We have loved all the rooms she has worked on in both our houses, but particularly for me the children both adore their rooms. Our daughter loves her stylish and sophisticated bedroom with subtle colours and a mixture of reclaimed and hand-made furniture designed to cope with the sloping floor inherent in a 600 year old house. It suits her now when as an 8 year old it can feel like a bedroom fit for a princess, yet is designed in a way that it will grow with her and her tastes change. For my son, he has a vibrant and exciting room fit for a 10 year old who loves his computer games – exciting colours and more modern furniture but done to work perfectly with old oak beams and the other character features of his attic bedroom and study that he enjoys inviting his friends to for sleepovers. For me, Beth’s work on our new kitchen is again the perfect mix of a large modern working kitchen with a sensitivity for the style of the house its in. The overall style guide on this house for us has been honesty – quality materials, not pretending to be an age they are not, working with the complexity and style of an old building, rather than trying to hide it. But also not becoming a pastiche of a bygone age.
In addition to the design element, Beth has also project managed a number of large projects for us including the most recent work over the past year on our current house. Big refurbishments are complex, time-consuming and stressful, but we have always found it immensely reassuring to know Beth was managing it with precision and detail, in partnership with a great network of suppliers and trades who she will keep on their toes, keeping them to time and to budget. Beth is a perfectionist on the finished result, works with trades that know this about her, and she makes sure nothing is finished until it is spot on.
John and Kelly Smith – Kent
I have known Jo for a number of years and she has assisted me on several projects at our country house in Sussex and holiday home in East Devon. Jo is great to work with as she listens as well as offering her own ideas.Jo has a wide knowledge of fabric collections, wallpapers, paints and home accessories. She can also recommend the websites to browse. Jo has some fresh ideas and good taste and will always work to budget. She is trustworthy and honest and I would not hesitate to recommend her.
Jan – East Sussex
Millers Ley is an 18th century Grade II listed property with early 19th century additions and was in a very poor state when I acquired the property. Consequently, this involved a substantial, back to skeleton renovation to the highest sustainability standards in line with SPAB accepted procedures and materials application
I engaged Beth Barker to design & project manage both the interior and exterior at Millers Ley in late 2015.
Given the volume of structural renovation and refurbishment that had been undertaken it was critical that we took great care in providing an internal environment that reflected the building’s history, provided the optimum comfort for modern day living and, importantly, avoided unnecessary period pastiche.
Beth provided invaluable advice and guidance. She carefully took time to understand how I wanted to live and work in the property then skilfully crafted a comprehensive programme for the entire property.
Beth was instrumental in the design across the whole property, inside and outside. Her attention to detail is second to none and the copious research undertaken across the spectrum of finish, materials, furniture and accessories has yielded an environment which begs to be adored. Her management of the project and of the various contractors employed has me wishing I had engaged her far earlier in the renovation process where she would have undoubtedly improved contractor performance and budget compliance.
I now am the proud owner of a superb property which receives frequent admiration from friends and those passing by. Beth’s knowledge in working with buildings of this nature is beyond measure and has allowed this, now, beautiful house to breathe proudly once again. Of considerable value was her depth of experience in construction and finish, it is no false statement to say that had I proceeded without her the overall impact of the house would have been a pale shadow of the home I now have the pleasure of living in.