The Bernard Interiors style is born from our clients’ vision. Our role is to facilitate our clients’ business aspirations or dream lifestyle and our goal is simple: to exceed their expectations.
Bernard Interiors is an award winning interior design studio specialising in commercial and residential projects throughout the UK and abroad.
We earn our clients confidence and trust through building relationships with everyone we work with, through sound business decisions, grounded in collaboration and experience.
We provide turnkey solutions, consultancy and procurement services for a variety of sectors, including; hospitality and residential with specialist knowledge in retirement, healthcare for the elderly and dementia care.
our core values
We are a dedicated team of like minded individuals with a ‘can do’ approach.
Everything we do is tailored to the vision of our clients with impeccable attention to detail.
We are passionate about design and passionate about delivery.
Building strong relationships with everyone we work with is key to delivering exceptional design.
The bernard interiors team
Jen has worked in the architecture and interior design industry since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in interior architecture. She founded Bernard Interiors in 2008 and has earned an enviable reputation for designing exceptional interiors with a tailored approach. Jen’s ability to put clients at ease, along with her infectious energy, creativity and effortless attention to detail are the driving force behind the success of Bernard Interiors.
“My team inspire me daily, we challenge each other which helps to drive us all.”
Lisa studied interior design at Glasgow School of Art. She has experience of major commercial projects across a wide variety of sectors from retirement to hospitality, including environments for dementia care and high end residential. Prior to joining Bernard Interiors Lisa designed and project managed the UK refurbishment programme of an international hotel group. She plans the design team’s workload to ensure consistent delivery, on time and on budget.
“The creative energy in the office is contagious, with great team spirit and collaborative working.”
Following qualification at Northumbria University, Les gained invaluable knowledge at a number of iconic North East companies including J Barbour & Sons where he was company secretary. Every project at Bernard Interiors is different, requiring him to draw upon the breadth and depth of this experience every day. Les is firmly focused on driving efficiency for the continued strategic growth of the business, whilst at the same time helping to maintain exceptional quality of client service.
“We have a great, positive, supportive team and work on wonderful projects.”
Kathryn graduated from Northumbria University in interior design and interior architecture in 2010. Her career began at an architectural practice on a number of projects which received national and international recognition. Kathryn has experience across a wide range of sectors including working for IHG, Hotel Collection and Marriott. She loves to see her design vision come to life and how people react and interact in the space.
“We are a like-minded team although each of us has a different background, and we challenge each other to achieve the best outcome.”
Julia graduated in interior architecture from Leeds College of Art. Her passion is working with historic buildings. Julia's experience prior to joining Bernard Interiors includes designing for boutique hotels and healthcare with the UK-wide rollout of a scheme for a private cancer treatment provider. Seeing the delight of clients and end users at the end of a project is what she finds most satisfying.
“I love the team spirit at Bernard Interiors. Everyone is excited to be part of a successful growing business.”
Gabby graduated from Northumbria University in 2013 with a first class degree in interior design. After graduating, Gabby spent a year in Australia working for an interior design practice specialising in fashion retail, followed by 5 years designing for high profile clients in London across the workplace and hospitality sectors. Gabby enjoys being involved in all stages of the design process and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
“I love seeing designs right through to completion. It’s always fantastic to see how happy the clients and end users are with the finished project.”
Cameron graduated from Northumbria university in 2019 with a degree in Interior Design. Since graduating he has held a number of internships for prestigious practices in London including Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam and Helen Green Design. Cameron has a strong interest in traditional and contemporary interiors to help inspire design ideas.
“With a fresh approach to interiors, Bernard Interiors is a very exciting company to work for. It’s great to be part of such a creative team.”
Celine graduated from Kingston University in 2019 with a degree in Interior Design. Since graduating, she has worked within the Regeneration Team of Sunderland City Council on various schemes, most notably the Guisborough Town Hall Gateway Project where she developed designs for a mixed-use development of the Grade II Listed building. Celine particularly enjoys the early design stages of a project, creating concepts and developing initial ideas.
“I learn something new every day which is very exciting. It’s great to be surrounded by such a talented and friendly team.”
Beth graduated with a first class honours degree in interior design from Northumbria University in 2020. Since graduating she has worked on a number of residential and commercial projects in the north east, including the design of The Holy Hobo with The Apartment Group. Beth loves to work on projects from the concept stage - researching the history and site locality of the project is one of her favourite parts of the design process.
“I’m so excited to be part of the team, working with like-minded people who share the same passion for design. The studio is a buzz of infectious and creative energy.”
Vicky graduated from Northumbria University with a first class degree in Interior Architecture in 2013 and has since worked in high-end hospitality design for a number of prestigious London studios. Vicky worked extensively on the refurbishment of The Gleneagles Hotel as well as Private Members Clubs based in Mayfair and Edinburgh. She loves being on site and finds it extremely rewarding working with historic and listed buildings.
“I’m passionate about creating beautiful, timeless and carefully curated projects that will feel stylish and comfortable now and in years to come.”
Lead Interior Architectural Designer
Lizzie graduated from Northumbria University in 2018 with a degree in Interior Architecture, where she won the National Heritage Adaptation Award from the National Trust for her final project. After graduating, Lizzie moved to London for two years and worked for a practice specialising in high end residential interior design, working on projects ranging from mansions to palaces throughout London and the Middle East. Lizzie is a great problem solver and loves that no day is ever the same.
“It’s fantastic to be part of such a supportive and hands-on team like Bernard Interiors.”
Interior Architectural Designer
Will graduated in 2021 with a first class degree in Interior Architecture from Northumbria University. During his studies, Will was shortlisted for two Interior Educators awards as well as gaining work experience at a number of architectural practices in Nottingham. Will enjoys sketching out floor plans and spaces to make them as user friendly and aesthetically pleasing as possible.
“I love problem solving in existing interiors, transforming them into amazing spaces and working with such a great team!”
Interior Architectural Designer
Connor graduated from Northumbria University with a first class honours degree in Architectural Technology and has 8 years experience working as an Architectural Technologist in a variety of sectors from specialist care to bespoke residential. Connor enjoys finding technical solutions to complex problems within the design process and endeavours to create designs that are carefully considered and beautifully detailed.
“It’s been fantastic to join a practice of creatives who have a contemporary and forward-thinking approach to interior design. I love applying skills from my architectural background to assist in the delivery of great design.”
Emmie has a degree in fashion from Northumbria University which included a placement at Alexander McQueen. After graduating she became involved in interior design, working as a freelance designer on a number of restaurant projects including the renovation of a Grade II listed building. She loves knowing that many people will benefit from designs she has worked on, and seeing designs being brought to life by the development teams on site is hugely rewarding.
“Bernard interiors is a talented, driven and fun-loving team.”
Miriam graduated with a fashion and textiles degree from Manchester University in 2015. She has since been working on her career path into interior design, spending her time completing a HND. Developing a spaces true potential and seeing a clients reaction when a concept comes to life is what Miriam loves about design.
“It feels great to be part of an easy-going yet hardworking team at Bernard Interiors. Creativity is in everything that we do.”
Since graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in interior design, Laura has worked in a number of creative managerial and coordination roles. Laura manages the busy studio and with a keen eye for design, she coordinates all things PR and marketing related to ensure the profile of Bernard Interiors continues to grow and develop.
“It’s fantastic to be part of such a creative and hardworking team where everyone is dedicated to the future success of the company.”
Practice Manager & Communications Coordinator
Judith has over 20 years experience working in financial and administrative roles within architectural and digital marketing practices. Judith supports the directors and wider team to maintain effective delivery of services and procedures, allowing the business to run smoothly. Judith is very organised and an excellent multi-tasker with a logical approach to problem solving.
“I love working alongside such a talented, supportive team and being surrounded by so much creativity”
Administrative & Accounts Assistant
Hayley joined the team in 2016 having previously worked in purchasing in the engineering sector. She has a degree in logistics and supply chain management from Northumbria University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. As each project is bespoke Hayley’s role is varied, involving contact with a wide range of different suppliers worldwide.
“I love how the whole team works together to take projects through to completion. Seeing the amazing interiors we produce makes all of the hard work worth it.”
Graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in IT, Kerry has experience working in a variety of sectors, including fifteen years in the TV industry. With experience in both client focused and administrative roles, she is extremely organised and adaptable. Kerry ensures the studio runs smoothly and efficiently, allowing the team of designers the freedom to develop their creativity.
“I am really excited to be part of such a creative, dynamic and forward-thinking team.”
Studio Coordinator & PA
After graduating from Teesside University with a degree in Interior Design, Claire spent 11 years working on high-end residential projects in London and the Home Counties before relocating back to the North East. Highlights include re-designing the main bathroom for the Chief Executive of Grosvenor Estates and the design and project management of a 12 apartment multi-plot development for Selfridges Group. Claire loves capturing a clients brief and bringing it to reality, seeing ideas form and evolve from paper to completion.
“It is a real pleasure to work with such a creative and friendly team.”
John has over 35 years experience working in the interior design, fit-out and architectural sectors as both a designer and a project manager.
“I love resolving the practicalities within a project,enabling a great design to happen.”
David has over 50 years experience of working as an architectural technologist for architecture and design practices throughout the north east. With experience in a wide range of sectors including healthcare, leisure and residential, David provides architectural technical knowledge and solutions to support the delivery of interior design at Bernard Interiors.
“I really enjoy assisting and working with great designers to deliver their vision.”
Architectural Technology Consultant
A brief journey through the history of Bernard Interiors from our inception in 2008 to now.
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