“We all need more colour in our lives” says interior designer Fenella Cockroft, her conviction reflected in the bold, beautiful spaces she creates. Based in North Yorkshire, Fenella’s aesthetic is best described as tasteful flamboyance; using standout, ‘wow’ pieces against an immaculate backdrop.
The effect is fresh and modern yet refined – a formula that works in homes throughout Yorkshire that are often more traditional in character. Fenella’s work often extends to London and beyond, however, showing she’s just as capable at transforming a Fulham town house as a Georgian country manor.
While many properties that have undergone the professional design treatment wind up looking very ‘done’, hers never do. A slightly messy bookshelf; a glam dash of bright pink; a witty wall hanging or a squashy, inviting sofa: it comes together to look artfully effortless.
Fenella Design lampshades, handmade in Yorkshire, exemplify what she’s all about. Featuring striking colours and patterns, ideally placed atop quirky stands, they instantly lift the mood of a room. Often made using ikat fabric, they bring a warm, elegant feel with a sense of fun.
It’s the design equivalent of ‘no-make up’ make up, with a red lip and loose wave hair. Perfectly thrown together, without looking like the wearer has tried too hard.