Interior Design Assistant

Whitemore & Thwaytes are looking for an interior design assistant to join their talented team based in Penrith, Cumbria. A rare opportunity to “learn the trade” from a talented team.

The Company
Whitemore & Thwaytes is an established supplier of interior design services, soft furnishings, furniture, fabrics, paint and lighting. Our specialism is style that will not date. We work alongside our clients to help make their homes truly theirs – interpreting their needs and introducing them to a wide range of design ideas whilst working within their budget. We have an extensive show-room with a wide selection of pattern books, along with lighting and furniture samples.
All soft furnishings are produced in our own high quality workroom and we are able to draw together a strong team of crafts-people and suppliers to undertake larger projects.
The company is led by Maureen Whitemore. Maureen has a lifetime of experience in the soft furnishing industry, serves as a director of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers and is renowned for her commitment to training and skills development in the industry.

The role.
The assistant designer will work along-side Maureen, assisting in selecting interior design schemes for clients and providing administrative support. Specific duties will be:
• Attending meetings with clients and ensuring follow-up such as ordering of samples, fabrics and components;
• Liaising with the Business Coordinator on quotations and progress of work;
• Liaising with clients on design schemes and project execution;
• Maintaining showroom displays and the pattern book collection;
• Maintaining the company’s profile on social media;
• Entering data to the company accounting system and processing on-line sales enquiries.
Training will be provided as appropriate to the qualifications and prior experience of the successful applicant. Subject to qualifications, experience and aptitude, the successful applicant will, after a suitable induction period, be encouraged to act independently in developing and expanding the business.
This is a full-time employment position. Hours of work are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. The position is hourly-paid with opportunity for occasional over-time as business need arises.

Experience and Qualifications required
We are looking for someone with an interest in interior design, a love of high-quality soft-furnishings and good organisational and communication skills. A qualification and/or prior experience in interior design is preferable but not essential, as training will be given to an applicant with the right aptitude. The successful applicant is likely to have good sense of colour and texture, spatial awareness and practicality.
As elements of the role will be client-facing, candidates must be presentable and of a personable nature, with a good telephone manner and competence in written correspondence.
The successful applicant will be computer literate, able to use basic office applications such as word-processing and spreadsheets. Training will be provided in data-entry to the company accounting system.
A full, clean UK driving license is required.
Please reply with a CV to

Home and Garden show.

It is almost here and it is the biggest and best yet. Liz and I are so excited and we hope you will be too when you see what we have to offer. Please click  Home Show Full to show you what is on offer.






Lighting is so important

I am a really big fan of John Cullen lighting, they are so innovative and they have an incredible design team. This was an idea they had for lighting on a staircase, it is just fabulous. Gone are the days of a “centre light ” which must be switched off the second you leave the room. Led technology is moving ahead in leaps and bounds making lighting a feature rather than just a necessity. Walking into a beautifully lit room is a joy.





A special day

I was recently invited by GP and J Baker and Mulberry, to a fabulous private launch of their incredible new ranges.  I had a wonderful day including visiting their design studio and also being treated to the opportunity to see just a very small selection of their archives.

 GP and J Baker’s collaboration with Historic Royal palaces  has provided a wealth of inspiration for the books in this collection – yet there is something for everyone amongst the three ranges. 

 The Mulberry Festival collection is exciting and adventurous in that special, timeless Mulbery way. These are just a few of my own images but I can’t wait for the books to arrive at Foxton House.
This fabric is a printed velvet suitable for upholstery. We already have an order for a window seat. I can’t wait to see it in place 

This chair is upholstered in printed linen with an embroidered fabric used to make the cushion. A good way to make this fabric go further is to use an less expensive plain for the two side panels and the back of the cushion. A metre of fabric can go a long way used in this fashion. 

I have loved this design since it was first launched as an appliquéd and embroidered linen, which wasn’t suitable for upholstery.  As part of the new Mulberry launch, the same design is now available in a very hard wearing printed velvet. Fabulous !!!

Shepherds’ hut

Okay so the challenge we have to squeeze in for next week , as well as our ordinary work, is the interior of this “shepherds hut” Made by Woodstyle Joinery near Carlisle. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for a spare bedroom in the garden or a home office or studio. It is going to have a lovely sedum roof by Lizzie, Phil and their team. Come and see it at the show !


The show is almost here !

What is the show all about ? well take over 60 exhibitors ;

From fireplaces to furniture, plants to ceramics, garden design to wool throws, stencilling to showers, kitchens to carpets, door furniture to alternative energy, fencing to photography – and everything in between.

Add our celebrities and Garden question time in the theatre and a host of experts at our free seminars in the hall and you will have a fantastic day out. Take for instance Helen Morris  of the Stencil Library


helen27I can imagine that your image of stencils and stencilling is the traditional border of a teddy bears type border on the wall of your child’s room, but think again and let Helen show you how to transform whole rooms, floors, furniture or walls.

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Tell all your friends and come and have a fun day with us.  Don’t risk disappointment, book your places at the seminars now on the website

Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show.

What an amazing few months – apart from being wonderfully busy in our business, my associate Liz Newport of Buzy Lizzie garden design and I have been working on a fantastic project – a wonderful new Home and Garden show to be held at Rheged on February 28th and March 1st this year.  There is so much to tell you about including our speakers Sophie and Daniel presenters from The Great British Design Challenge and so much more.  To get all the info, the latest Cumbria Life tells you all about it. Including details of over 60 exhibitors.

More to follow but for now please click on the attached poster for a few more details.

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Charity day

First of I want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported our charity day – we made £840 for  Hospice at Home and met many lovely ladies who want us to put on more demonstrations.  I would love to do that – but I am afraid it won’t be until the Spring.

In the meantime I have been working on a wonderful project, initially working with the clients here in England to make selections of colours, fabrics etc then by remote whilst they returned to the USA to pack up their home.  I have such a wonderful team of very talented people now which means we can offer a really unique service.  Everything from new fireplaces and chimneys, paint, curtains and poles beds and sofas, floor stripping, electrical work and plumbing, TV’s and TV systems to new doors and windows.

The focal point of this room was a cupboard, but it needed to be a fireplace of course.  Burning Desires of Preston helped to create something really special with the aid of our joiner John.
























Today was one of the final moments before their furniture arrives – the new front door was hung. It was made locally by G and S Timber of Stainton Penrith, it is hardwood and very heavy but stunning.  The Croft door furniture was supplied by More handles of Carlisle

The before




and after pictures.

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Special day of ideas and techniques in aid of Hospice at Home

Home ideas in aid of Hospice at Home October 10th – please come and join us and tell your friends !


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Myself and my workroom team are planning a day of demonstations on Friday 10 October in aid of Hospice at Home.

We hosted a demonstration evening for Penrith Rural Women’s Network earlier this year and everyone seemed to enjoy the combination of ideas and inspiration with practical hints and techniques. We’ll be organising three different demonstrations through the day on 10 October, refreshments will be provided and all the proceeds will go to Hospice at Home. In addition, there’ll be a selection of gorgeous cushions and luxury furnishing fabric remnants on sale and 50% of the sales from those will also go to the charity.

The three demonstrations will cover cushions, with hints on piping and putting in a zip, at 9.30-11.30am, Roman blinds and achieving a professional look at 1.00-3.00pm and, in the evening, transforming a bedroom with a fabric-covered headboard at 7.00-9.00pm. Each demonstration costs just £15 including refreshments.

We’re having to limit places so that there’s plenty of room for people to browse the showroom and also to see the details of the techniques on a sewing machine or as they’re demonstrated, It should be an excellent day that raises plenty of money as well as being fun and useful.”

To book a place for any of the demonstrations, please contact us on 01768 863895 or email as soon as possible.



Cumbria Life features

I am not sure if many of you subscribe to Cumbria Life, but it is a really wonderful magazine and I am totally thrilled that I get to write their interiors page.  Apart from anything else, in my researching as well as just reading the magazine, I am getting to meet so many small businesses and artisans, making incredibly beautiful products. I like to use a mix of locally sourced ideas together with more widely known companies.  My lovely editor has allowed me to use PDF’s of my page onto my weblog so I hope you enjoy it.  Here are the first three months which were simple columns, then we progressed to a whole page !  My thanks to Sally Seed of Stoneleigh Communications who helps with the words and also for the companies who allow me to use their photography.

Please click on the links below to see the copy.

Foxton House feature

Apr 2014

Mar 2014

Feb 2014