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.

ABOUT US

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

PERSONAL

We are a dedicated team of like minded individuals with a ‘can do’ approach.

POLISHED

Everything we do is tailored to the vision of our clients with impeccable attention to detail.

PASSIONATE

We are passionate about design and passionate about delivery.

PROFESSIONAL

Building strong relationships with everyone we work with is key to delivering exceptional design.

The bernard interiors team

Jen bernard

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Jen Bernard

Managing Director

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.”

Managing Director

Helen Fahy

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Helen Fahy

Operations Director

After graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in fashion marketing Helen worked for River Island, Arcadia Group and Fenwick. Her extensive experience includes forecasting, procurement and project management. At Bernard Interiors Helen is responsible for delivering the promise and driving the procurement and FF&E teams. She derives most satisfaction from being on site for the final fit out to see the whole interior come together after months of hard work.
“At Bernard Interiors I work with a passionate team and no two days are ever the same.”

Operations Director

Lisa Orrick

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Lisa Orrick

Design Director

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.”

Design Director

Les Irving

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Les Irving

Finance Director

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.”

Finance Director

Simon Traynor

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Simon Traynor

Associate

Simon is a chartered MCIAT architectural technologist and heads our Architectural Design & Delivery team. He has extensive knowledge and experience in Autodesk Revit and BIM and is a graduate of Northumbria University. Previously with a London-based architecture practice for eight years he has worked on major residential, commercial, health and education projects. Simon provides architectural technical knowledge and solutions to support the delivery of interior design.
“Knowledge is key to successful design. We are passionate about sharing architecture and interiors knowledge within our design team to create coordinated products for our clients.”

Associate

Laura Monaghan

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Laura Monaghan

Practice Manager & Communications Coordinator

Since graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in interior design, Laura has worked in a number of creative managerial and coordination roles. Laura ensures the day to day smooth running of the studio, allowing the design team the freedom to develop their creativity. With a keen eye for design, she also 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

Giedre Kazlauskaite

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Giedre Kazlauskaite

Senior Designer

Giedre has a degree in architecture and studied at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. Since graduating she has specialised in high end interior design. Her greatest satisfaction is seeing projects through from pre-planning to completion. Before joining Bernard Interiors Giedre worked with a London-based practice on high end residential projects in Europe for international private clients and on hospitality projects across the UK and internationally.
“We have a great team of very talented designers who are not only good at what they do, but are also happy to help each other.”

Senior Designer

Kathryn Mason

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Kathryn Mason

Senior Designer

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.”

Senior Designer

Julia forster-smith

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Julia Forster-Smith

Senior Designer

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.”

Senior Designer

Sophie Coatsworth

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Sophie Coatsworth

Designer

Sophie studied interior design at Northumbria University, including a six-month study exchange at Melbourne University, and began her career with an architecture practice. Prior to joining Bernard Interiors Sophie worked on several large commercial projects as well as niche projects such as designing bathrooms for treehouses, and sustainably-built cabins for walkers in a remote part of Africa.
“At Bernard Interiors I have the opportunity to work on incredible high end retirement and residential projects as part of a fantastic, enthusiastic and creative team.”

Designer

Natalie Straker

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Natalie Straker

Senior FF&E Designer

Natalie joined Bernard Interiors in 2014 after graduating from Northumbria University in commercial interior design. Working on projects from concept to completion, with her particular attention to detail, gives her the greatest satisfaction. Natalie’s experience includes healthcare and luxury residential design, including The Manor House Harrogate and multi-million pound residences for private clients.
“I am surrounded by a great team and clients - we are lucky to work on some of the finest listed buildings in the country and manage to enjoy it all along the way.”

Senior FF&E Designer

Emmie Sutter

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Emmie Sutter

FF&E Designer

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.”

FF&E Designer

Hayley Proctor

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Hayley Proctor

Purchasing Coordinator

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.”

Purchasing Coordinator

Sophie Isabella Overton

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Sophie Isabella Overton

Purchasing Coordinator

Sophie Isabella is an experienced buyer and a graduate of Teesside University in fashion retail and enterprise. Before joining Bernard Interiors she worked in the fashion retail and manufacturing electronics sectors. Sophie Isabella negotiates with suppliers across the UK and internationally to help ensure projects stay on budget and on programme.
“At Bernard Interiors I am part of a strong, positive and creative team. I enjoy purchasing a diverse range of luxury products for each bespoke project. Every day is different, it’s an exciting and lively environment to be a part of.”

Purchasing Coordinator

our history

A brief journey through the history of Bernard Interiors from our inception in 2008 to now.

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