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

Founded in 2008 by Jen Bernard, Bernard Interiors is an award winning interior architecture and design studio specialising in later living, healthcare and luxury residences throughout the UK and abroad, with offices in both Newcastle and London.

We earn our clients’ confidence and trust through building relationships with everyone we work with and through sound business decisions, grounded in collaboration and experience. We tailor our designs to the vision of our clients with impeccable attention to detail. We provide turnkey solutions, architectural and design services, consultancy and procurement services for a variety of sectors, including hospitality and healthcare. Our PI Insurance cover is currently 10 million.

Mission Statement

We are a company that cares about every detail, resulting in positive change for our clients. We are a friendly team of highly creative people with a commercial edge, bringing value, confidence and warmth to every project.

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

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

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 Lead Designer

Kathryn Mason

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Kathryn Mason

Associate

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.”

Associate

Oliver Holmes

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Oliver Holmes

Operations Director

After graduating with a Masters degree in Global Management from university in Arizona, Oliver has spent the last 10 years working in Banking Operations, including time spent at Deutsche Bank. Oliver oversees all operational aspects at Bernard Interiors, developing strategies and working closely with the wider Senior Management team.
“Bernard interiors is a talented, driven and fun-loving team.”

Operations Director

Cameron deakin

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Cameron deakin

Designer

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.”

Designer

Celine Santiago

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Celine Santiago

Designer

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.”

Designer

Elizabeth Clarke

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Elizabeth Clarke

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 Grieve

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Will Grieve

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

Miriam Peers

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MIRIAM PEERS

FF&E Designer

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.”

FF&E Designer

Kyra Gibbs

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Kyra Gibbs

FF&E Designer

Kyra graduated in 2020 with a first-class degree In Interior and Spatial design from Newcastle College University Centre. Whilst studying she gained experience working on various live projects including homes, bars and theatres. She joins us from a Danish furniture company.
“It’s inspiring being able to collaborate with such a talented and passionate 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

Emily Hannant

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Emily Hannant

Purchasing Coordinator

Emily studied art and design at university before moving into finance and sales within the construction industry. With over six years experience in this field, she is an adept problem solver and excellent at developing and maintaining supplier relationships. Her creative background combined with her love of interiors brings a keen eye for detail to the role.
“I love being part of a team who are so passionate about design. Ideas become reality and it’s so satisfying to know that every person in the company contributes to that same goal/end result.”

Purchasing Coordinator

Emilie Crowther

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Emilie Crowther

Graduate Interiors Designer

Emilie recently graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Interior Architecture where she developed a passion for heritage buildings and designs that are sympathetic to the history of the existing building.
“I am enjoying learning new things and seeing the projects come to life. It is so inspiring to be surrounded by such a talented and supportive team at Bernard Interiors”

Graduate Interior Designer

Claire Ackworth

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Claire Ackworth

Design Consultant

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.”

Design Consultant

John Willmore

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John Willmore

Technical Consultant

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.”

Technical Consultant

David Bithell

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David Bithell

Architectural Technology Consultant

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

our history

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

Accreditations And Affiliations

We hold a number of prestigious accreditations, demonstrating our commitment to excellence and professionalism.

We are a BIID registered design practice as well as an SBID member. In July 2020, we also became affiliated to ARCO, the main body representing the retirement community sector in the UK. In addition to these accreditations and affiliations, we also hold strong links with Northumbria University and the National Innovation Centre for Ageing.

Accreditations

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