We provide residential Interior Design for home owners and property professionals in Dorset, Hampshire and surrounding counties.
Helen Winter launched Coral Interiors in 2014 after working in Investment Banking technology for many years. “I always had a strong passion for interior design – and was so pleased to be able to move on from banking and work in a field I truly loved”.
After 10 years in London she now lives near Bournemouth on the South Coast. Her other passions include walking her German shepherd dog Luna along the beach – and caring for the environment. She takes part in beach clean events and as a student was a member of the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage. She chose to call her company Coral to highlight the threat posed to the Great Barrier Reef. (see her blog on the naming of her company here)
Indeed, Helen is careful to choose sustainable materials when designing. She’s also a regular interiors agony aunt for Houzz.co.uk and House magazine.
She’s very focused on the tremendous satisfaction that good interior design can bring to customers:
“I love helping busy entrepreneurs, executives, doctors and other professionals to design their homes to work for them. I can save time wasted traipsing round the shops, or making the wrong choice with a large item of furniture. With my team of trusted trades and suppliers I can turn your home into your sanctuary and a true reflection of your tastes”, said Helen.
Her team has also helped many homeowners and property developers in the Dorset and Hampshire area to sell homes faster with home staging. This is the process of taking a fresh look at a property on the market and enhancing it to its highest potential for prospective buyers, it may be with design tips and recommendations or making more significant adjustments depending on the situation.
Helen’s favourite place? Lime Wood: It’s a 5 star hotel in the New Forest, and it’s where she goes to escape to peace and quiet and enjoy the absolutely impeccable interior design. Head over to the blog where she brings tips on environmental design, and reveals the insider secrets of interior design.
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"Helen & her Team provided us with inspirational ideas which were practical when designing our open plan kitchen/family room. Our initial consultation involved completing a questionnaire so that Helen could work on the colour schemes, themes and styles that we liked. I had in my own mind what I wanted to achieve but just needed help to bring it all together and more importantly ensure that the colours worked.
We were kept informed every step of the way with Helen's recommendations - the colour schemes and space saving ideas that were suggested have worked so well and she helped us to source soft furnishings and furniture that would fit the area perfectly. We now have a gorgeous sociable living area that we use all the time as a family of 3 - it has transformed our house into a family home which we love.
Helen is professional and very personable - I must admit I was a little hesitant to contact Helen at first as I thought her services would be far 'out of our league' in terms of budget and design costs but how wrong was I she was amazing every step of the way and I cannot wait to work with her on our next project.
I have recommended Coral Interiors to my friends already and will continue to do so. Brilliant service every step of the way."
Mrs Wagner, Bournemouth
"I was sceptical about using an interior designer because I thought I could probably pick colours and furnishings that would go well together myself but I soon realised that doing this for one room is no where near as challenging as doing this for an entire cottage. This definitely requires a different level of skill. I found Helen on Houzz and decided to commission her based on the look she had created for other customers.
Working with Helen has been a very enjoyable experience. She really understood my requirement which was to create an aspirational holiday let. She produced a beautiful design concept and was patient with the many iterations to the layouts as they changed several times during the renovation.
What I have loved most about working with Helen is that she knows what she is doing. Even when I changed my mind several times about something, I always ended up back to what she suggested in the first place because it simply worked with the theme she had produced and created a flow throughout the whole cottage. She was also flexible with working within my budget for the furnishings.
I would highly recommend Helen and would definitely use her services again in the future".
Mrs Knight, London
"I wanted to put my house on the market for the second time - having had no success for being on the market for 10 months. I invited an independent agent to view and advise on marketing my home.
Helen came recommended to me. Helen responded promptly - she was very pleasant and explained her services clearly - I was left with her company profile brochure and costings involved. She was clear and friendly and I wanted to work with her from that point.
I decided to choose Helen and am extremely pleased of the outcome. On the first visit Helen went through each room and advised me what was needed to be done - I was impressed as Helen made sure that I didn't spend extensive amount of money as I was selling. She also said that if it was to be for my own use she would advice me differently.
Written report followed shortly which was easy to follow for me and the decorators. Once the work was done and ready for viewing Helen came and added finishing touches - again very pleasant and professional. Although I was not able to finish 100% to her profile not a word was said to me in a negative/critical manner - utterly professional.
My house is sold within ten days of advertising - yes it is the truth. I would recommend all sellers to use an interior designer - my concept was that this type of service is expensive but I have had an excellent service and result from Helen for a very reasonable cost."
Ms Naik, Poole
“Helen worked with us on a Christchurch property which had been on the market for some time. She reviewed everything from the exterior presentation, to the layout and furnishing of each room and provided a clear and simple Action Plan for the homeowners.
Within a week, (actually before they'd had time to implement everything) they received an offer close to asking price. The buyers were very happy, and I would highly recommend Coral Interiors' services. ”
Simon Ward, Mr Green Estate Agents, Bournemouth
“Helen of Coral Interiors was recommended by a friend, who knew we had an ultra modern house which was furnished but was not selling. Partly because it was a ‘house’ rather than a ‘home’, and needing finishing touches. So we met and subsequently retained Helen to ‘dress’ it; and, boy, what a difference its made!
We decided to be led entirely by Helen rather than have a say in all of it, and that was the best decision. Within a couple of weeks, Helen had planned, sourced, bought and dressed our house, making it a beautiful and appealing home.”
Mr Briggs, Dorset
I worked with Helen to develop a home staging plan for an apartment that we were selling.
Helen did a great job designing a suitable scheme and arranged all the furniture and blinds including delivery, installation, removal and making good.
We also got a great set of pictures which we could use for our website.
Mr Luke, Dorset
“Helen carried out a home staging assessment on my property after I had been on the market for 5 months and had not secured a buyer. Her approach was very professional and she came prepared with information about my property and also similar properties for sale in my area. I found this useful to be able to make comparisons. Helen’s report was very comprehensive and included pictorial examples of changes I may wish to make, with details of where products and services could be sourced. This certainly saves a lot of time for the seller. For me the suggestion to declutter and start to pack a lot of personal items away was particularly helpful and when I had done this I could see the huge difference it made to the overall look of the property. I am pleased to say that I secured a buyer for my property within a few weeks.”
Ms Byrne, Bournemouth
“Helen came to advise us and even took us to the local DIY and home decorating shops to buy the “finishing touches” such as throws, vases and cushions. We’d also bought tie-backs for all our curtains but never got around to using them so Helen took charge and showed us how different our rooms looked with the tie-backs in place. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Helen for helping us to finally achieve the look and atmosphere we were striving for in our home. It was good having someone else come in and take any of the “emotion” from the situation and offer practical and inexpensive options. She supplied the missing pieces in our jigsaw. I am happy to say we accepted an offer close to asking price within a couple of days of going on the market.”
Mr. Bradford, Worcestershire
“Coral Interiors caught our attention with high recommendation. I was amazed how Helen turned our bland spare room into a very desirable bedroom with a touch of modern sophistication. We got great compliments even from our friends with distinct taste. Fantastic work!”
Ms Holland, Lyndhurst
“The home staging offered turned out well and helped towards selling my property. I would use this service again.”
Mr Grenall, Poole
As well as interior design, we’re passionate about the natural world, especially the beautiful world under the sea that needs protecting. As a coastal-based business, we’re proud to support the Marine Conservation Society .