Textured Lives is the story of my journey through 30 years in the textiles industry. This chapter of my life has led me to curate an alternative brand that celebrates products that flow effortlessly to create a calm and comfortable environment. I hope that the Textured Lives collection reflects the passion that has driven me to continue with the project through both personal and professional challenges in order to deliver a range that I am immensely proud of.
I wanted to create a lifestyle experience that brought together beautiful homeware products and my own range of personally designed fabrics and textiles. My dream is to empower my customers to curate their own beautiful spaces with the reassurance that whatever they choose has been personally and consciously selected or designed. Respect for individuality is of paramount importance to Textured Lives which is why nothing is mass produced and we celebrate organic not prescriptive.
I would love you to join me on the Textured Lives journey
After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1990 I worked hard to build a successful career in the textile industry, designing wallpaper, fabric and bedding for the world marketplace. In 2000 I became the Design Director for the leading curtain manufacturer and retailer in the United Kingdom. This wealth of experience has formed the foundation for Textured Lives, however I wanted textiles to be so much more than just an “off the shelf” solution.
Textured Lives is a collection of carefully curated objects and textiles that evoke emotion and engage the senses. My vision is to help customers easily achieve a stylish yet comfortable personal space that respects both elements in equal measure by empowering them to have the confidence to build on their existing canvas or to be bold and create a completely new look.
Outside of work, I keep myself on the right side of relaxed by walking in the lovely local woodland with my gorgeous whippet, Hendricks or by taking a hot yoga class. And most weekends are spent cooking for a house full of friends and family – it really is food for the soul!
The absolute green shoot to any design business ,is the creative process which starts from our design team . Creating inspirational story boards of endless amazing ideas and designs that leads to someone’s favourite throw , rug or design piece. With our passion for global travel and international sourcing we produce all our designs exclusively in house here in Chester . Without the design concepts , the ideas and the gorgeous colour palettes our studio produces we don’t have a business .