Coral Interiors - Creating homes and holiday homes with soul in Dorset, Hampshire and Devon.
We love removing (most of) the stress and decision paralysis that can come with renovating, extending or just moving into a new home.
After living many years in London working in investment banking IT, I now live in beautiful Bournemouth on the South Coast, following my dream career. My IT background has actually been a huge benefit as spreadsheets, communication, and people management are a big part of interior design. I collaborate with clients in an online studio as well as in person, creating a highly focused and streamlined process and allowing my clients to keep up to date at a time to suit them.
My other passions include walking my white German Shepherd Luna along the beach – and caring for the environment. I take part in beach clean events and as a student and surfer in South Wales, was a member of the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage.
Why Coral? - I chose to name my company Coral Interiors to reflect being a coastal business and to highlight the threat posed to the ocean ecosystems by industrial fishing. We'proud to support the Marine Conservation Society.
As an animal-loving vegan, I try as far as possible to be mindful of the environment and animal welfare and select sustainable, cruelty-free materials when designing. I'm so excited by the new technologies and products coming along all the time (see pineapple and mushroom leather and super-sustainable crops like hemp and bamboo).
These are often more durable and better for our health than the animal-derived alternatives.
I'm also a regular interiors agony aunt for Houzz.co.uk and local House magazine.
The team at Coral have 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. This may be with some design tips, tweaks and accessorisijng, or making more significant adjustments depending on the situation.
My favourite place? I love escaping for any length of time to Lime Wood: a 5 star hotel in the New Forest. The grand Georgian scaled space, offers peace and quiet and true luxury with absolutely impeccable interior design. The Herb House spa is voted one of the top in the country I was bowled over by my first raw vegan pizza there.
Head over to the blog for vegan design advice, trends to follow (and avoid) and find out some of my insider secrets of interior design.
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We specialise in holiday homes, boutique B&B accommodation and Airbnb rentals. We know what your guests are looking for and will create luxurious and eye catching rooms which stand out from the rest. Let us design, source and project manage your commercial inerior design, whether you're starting a full extension, change of use, renovation, or just want some styling for the new season - get in touch to find out how we can help.
"Helen came on board shortly after we moved into a period house. Daunted by the prospect of making costly mistakes and keeping true to the essence of the house we intially asked Helen to moodboard throughout. She also project managed our bathroom whilst we were on holiday and we are absolutely delighted with the results.
I can honestly say that having Helen's expertise feels like the best decision we could possibly have made in relation to our home. Initially it felt like a luxury and something 'other people' did; but we rationalised it by comparing the cost to the price of a holiday.
Helen has given us the confidence we needed in updating our home. She works in partnership with you so you feel you are still in control; and for us that has taken away weeks and months of procrastination driven by lack of confidence and by connecting us with skilled trades.
We have even jokingly called Helen our marriage counsellor on occaiosn; but it seriously does help to have her knowledge and experience when there's a difference of opinion in the household.
Thank you Helen. We look forward to continuing our work with you".
"Helen from Coral Interiors has been great to work with on our lounge. The outcome is far beyond what we expected and the lounge really is now the comfortable and stylish space we wanted it to be.
We will definitely be working with Helen again in the future".
"I have been a client of Helen, and worked alongside her professionally. She staged my house when i put it on the market and i must say it really brought the place to life giving it a warmer feel and demonstrated to the buyer the potential of what would have otherwise been a harsh empty space. When i have worked on Helens projects as a builder i have always been impressed with her ideas and attention to detail. I am always amazed at how the subtlest of things can make a difference to a room or space. If you are passionate about your home, want a change or you are lost in your own ideas I couldn't recommend a consultation with Helen highly enough to make your space a beautiful one."
"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 .