Interior design specialist relocates business to rural studio in East Yorkshire hamlet

Vicki Kress

East Yorkshire businesswoman Vicki Kress has relocated her 22 year old interior design business to a bespoke studio at her Youlthorpe home in response to Covid-19.

Vicki Kress Interiors and Design is currently located within Pocklington business, Grandad’s Shed that Mrs Kress runs in partnership with her husband, Tony, who specialises in cabinet making, furniture restoration and upholstery with his long established team of craftsmen.

Vicki, who works on interior projects for both domestic and commercial premises, said: “During lockdown, clients would order paints and fabrics online and I would leave them in a secure place outside my home for collection.

“It got me thinking that a bespoke home studio where people could benefit from individual attention and  interior design advice in a safe, idyllic and inspirational environment might be the logical next step for Vicki Kress Interiors and Design.

“Most people think that the advice of a professional interior designer is a luxury that they can’t afford, but it’s a service just like any other. More often than not, people just need a bit of guidance and a sense of direction to help them achieve the home of their dreams.”

Each free, no obligation appointment lasts about an hour and includes advice about clients’ interior design challenges.

Opening for appointments from 2 April, the new Vicki Kress Interiors and Design Studio is a bright and airy 240 square feet stable block conversion in the hamlet of Youlthorpe that is ideally situated between York and Driffield.

It is home to over 200 fabric and wallpaper pattern books from leading brands, including Voyage, Linwood, Abraham Moon, Harlequin and Escape to the Chateau plus environmentally responsible chalk and mineral paint from popular brand, Frenchic.

“Individual consultations are invaluable for inspiring fabrics, furniture design and paint colour choices, giving window treatment advice, deciding how best to use a space, addressing lighting challenges and discussing room décor,” Vicki added.

Vicki Kress Interiors and Design employs the services of a full-time curtain and blind maker, three time-serviced upholsterers, five cabinet makers, one French polisher plus Tony Kress who restores antique pieces. In addition, two paint sprayers specialise in transforming kitchens and painting furniture in purpose built spray booths.

Grandad’s Shed began life on a market stall in Vicky’s home town of Brigg in 1998. In 2000 Tony and Vicki invested in a small shop in the town before moving to larger premises in 2003. They opened the second Grandad’s Shed in Market Weighton in 2011 before relocating to Pocklington in 2013. The name is inspired by the times that Tony spent making things in his grandfather’s shed as a child.

The Kress family share their idyllic rural home at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds with rare breed Valais Blacknose sheep, fan tailed doves, chickens, horses and birds of prey.

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