Richard Grafton Interiors, which opened a showroom in Wetherby just a year ago, is already expanding its team in the market town with the appointment of experienced interior designer Helen Mackay.
Having worked in interior design for nearly nine years, Helen has a loyal customer following in the local area. She joins from Furnish & Fettle in Wetherby where she spent over four years, and, prior to that, she worked with Richard Grafton at James Brindley in Wetherby for more than four years.
Helen is the fourth interior designer to join the Wetherby team and will work alongside well-known interior design specialists Donna Schofield and Karen Draper who manage the showroom, supported by Rebecca Thomas. The team also works with Richard Grafton Interiors’ in-house architectural design specialists who delivery projects for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms as well as cabinetry.
The popular Yorkshire interiors, architecture and design business expanded from its well-established showrooms in Harrogate and Ilkley last June following a £500,000 investment in the renovation of a Georgian building on the High Street, Wetherby.
Richard Grafton comments: “Despite having been shut for six months during lockdown, the Wetherby showroom is going from strength to strength and we are already having to recruit a fourth interior design specialist in response to ongoing customer demand.
“Having worked with Helen previously, I have always been impressed by her design flair and I’m really pleased that she’s come full circle to work with us again. The Wetherby showroom is performing strongly and Helen’s arrival will further bolster our talented team here. It’s important that we continue to invest in future growth and bring the right people on board in order to deliver outstanding design projects for our customers as well as exploring new opportunities.”
Helen adds: “I’m genuinely excited to be working with Richard again and joining such a renowned team. I’m looking forward to welcoming customers, old and new, to this beautiful new showroom where they can get inspiration from our stunning room sets as well as being given informed design advice. Being able to offer a complete service from concept to project delivery, all under one roof, is proving to be extremely popular.”
Located in a high profile location on the high street, the 1,700sq ft showroom includes a fully furnished sitting room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom and dressing room, showcasing the company’s hand-crafted cabinetry and designer furniture as well as its huge range of design-led interiors products. There is also a design studio equipped with hundreds of fabrics, wall coverings and flooring libraries.
Richard Grafton Interiors has evolved from providing fabrics and soft furnishings to offering a complete service with its team of designers, spatial planners and installers providing full architectural design and project management. Since launching in March 2012, the business has grown from seven staff to a 21-strong team, including 13 designers working across its interior design and architectural divisions.