Inspirational Cotswold entrepreneurs: Amanda Hanley

We talk to Amanda about the new Fabric & Wallpaper Studio and how her Burford store is doing on its first birthday.

A year after the opening of her Burford premises, interior designer, Amanda Hanley, invites us to her new Fabric & Wallpaper Studio. Amanda, a renowned designer and a familiar face to Cotswold Homes readers, has added a fantastic new interiors resource to her showroom Amanda Hanley by Design in Burford.

Hello, AmandaYour showroom on Burford High Street is now one year old – so how has your first year been?

Well, it has been a very busy and exciting year. The showroom has gone from strength to strength - particularly with the addition of our new Fabric and Wallpaper Studio - and we have spent the year developing our product range through listening very carefully to what our customers want.

We are lucky enough to have already established a good reputation for top-notch customer service and an extremely hands-on, friendly approach. Having worked in the business for 30 years we have a very loyal clientele who have supported us in our big move to the High Street.

We couldn’t be happier with the welcome and response we’ve had!

So what inspired you to set up a new Fabric & Wallpaper Studio in your showroom?

We have great relationships with a wide range of fantastic fabric designers and like to stock samples of the most iconic and latest fabric collections that we know our customers will love. This means we have hundreds of fabric and wallpaper sample books and swatches to display, as well as accessories, which take up a huge amount of space!

We decided the space upstairs in our showroom could work perfectly for a studio, and would mean we could keep all samples together so clients can compare and mix and match with ease. So we transformed the room into a wonderful space that clients can relax in comfort and take their time over making their interior choices.

How will this benefit your customers?

Our local customers now have somewhere they can browse a huge selection of the latest designer fabrics and wallpapers without having to go to London.

We pride ourselves in offering the best customer service possible. So when our customers visit the new studio they receive as much assistance as they need - from a few tips to a full consultation.

We quite often have visitors stay for the afternoon so we work through the best solutions together and come up with truly exciting, inspirational ideas.

We offer a full service from upholstery to full renovation projects, and have an excellent network of trusted local suppliers, tradesmen and architects that have worked with me on a number of successful projects.

How do you source your stock?

We have been taking frequent buying trips to Europe for a long time now, building up excellent relationships with suppliers and designers on the continent so we can showcase an exclusive stock that is different, quirky and full of character. We are also very proud of our designer collection of prestigious brands such as Mulberry Home, GP & J Baker, Designers’ Guild and Lewis & Wood. | T 01993 822 385 | M 07976 353 996

Amanda Hanley by Design, The Gallery, 69 High Street, Burford, OX18 4QA