" We were in no doubt as to whom we wanted to help us as we contemplated the complete renovation of our dilapidated two bedroom flat in one of the iconic square gardens in SW1. Karen, you have been creative and patient in completing the make over of our reception rooms and a bedroom here in Cheltenham and we were all thrilled with the results. We enjoy the changes every day, especially the full length curtains in the master bedroom, which seemed an extravagance at the time but are an absolute delight with exquisite workmanship.
We wanted your involvement in London from the very beginning, as we discussed the work with the builder and property agent. We sought to make the most of the square garden location and create a relaxing, up-to-date environment that would show good design and be very comfortable. The collaboration of Lawrence from Highgrove in the creation of an open plan kitchen area with interesting finishes in the bar eating area, and in the bedroom cabinets adds significantly to the style of the completed work.
Mike and I would like to thank you and the team, every one of them, for the enthusiasm, commitment and flair that you have offered to us so unstintingly throughout the job. And, unbelievably, it has somehow been made easy for us and enjoyable. You have been so successful in understanding our personal style and finding helpful selections of design/ furnishing items from which to choose, guiding us through to the brilliant result "
R R – Cheltenham
" Karen worked with my partner and I on the re-design of our house for approximately one year. She was involved in the project from the very beginning and her advocacy skills were in evidence from the very beginning. She keeps her clients in the forefront of her work when in conversation with architects, builder and decorators. I was particularly appreciative of her ability to make assertive and knowledgeable suggestions when in conversation with this groups, especially as as a client you can become overwhelmed at times. I felt she was our guide in many ways.
She is patient and clear but never forceful in her suggestions, has a great sense of humour which was very welcome and we absolutely loved her colour suggestions which were perfect. Karen is also very generous in acknowledging others contributions and is a great networker. She has a great team and we benefited from their expertise. We are very grateful for her skill and expertise and would wholeheartedly recommend her "
T M – Worcestershire
“ I thought I knew what I wanted in my Drawing Room, until Karen came to have a look and helped me work more effectively with what I had already. She saved me a lot of money and I have ended up with something a lot better. Now Karen is helping me with an extension on our house and introducing me to her lovely tradesmen, so she will be involved with the whole project, which is very exciting! ”
Z P – Ashton under Hill.
“ Karen has helped me on two of my properties and I couldn’t of done it without her. As a busy business owner I just don’t have the time to oversee everything. Having Karen who we can completely trust and her team is just brilliant. She also has the eye for colour and design that just finish the property in a way I could never achieve. I have had the pleasure of referring friends to her and would not hesitate in recommending her for any project large or small ”
S H – Cheltenham.
See project here: Classic Town House
“ I have used Karen for many years now and we have become great friends. She has helped me create beautiful interiors, advising and helping me select curtains and blinds to suit my home. From designing magnificent silk curtains for 14ft high windows in my Regency apartment to creating the most luxurious bedroom with gorgeous teal velvet curtains, she never fails to deliver the best.
She provides a wonderful service and is always very patient. Her work is always to a very high standard and whatever she provides will last many years. Some of my curtains and soft furnishings have moved with me and they still look as good as the day they were first made ”
N G – Cheltenham.
See project here: Elegant Regency Apartment
“ We were delighted to have found Beltaine Design when we bought this fabulous old Listed Building. We struck up a good working relationship where nothing was too much trouble. The constraints of the job meant some detailed planning and I’m pleased to say that Karen and her team were certainly up to the job. We look forward to working again in future ”
A J – Lypiatt Lodge
“ Karen is easy going, efficient and a pleasure to deal with. I have no hesitation in recommending her services ”
J S – Cotswold Perfumery.
“ When we bought our Georgian Townhouse we were faced with the exciting but rather daunting task of restoring an old and neglected house back to its former glory. Karen designed and project managed the restoration of our home. In the design phase, Karen produced stunning designs which really captured the essence of what we were trying to achieve in the house.
Furthermore, Karen’s attention to detail and professional knowledge ensured that we avoided time-consuming and costly mistakes. In the project management phase, she called on her excellent team of friendly, skilled and professional tradesmen all of whom did a fantastic job and were a pleasure to have in the house.
The curtains and soft furnishings designed and made by Beltaine Designs are breathtaking. Working with Karen and her team has been an absolute pleasure and we are delighted with the results ”
Mr & Mrs W – Cheltenham
“ I contacted Karen for help when we wanted to add some visual glamour to our large Reception area. We had spent weeks agonising over what to do and she produced a stunning suggestion for us. Karen managed the whole process for us and provided calm advice and support throughout. I would recommend her to anyone looking for helpful, friendly and insightful advice, however woolly the brief she receives! ”
Solicitors – Cheltenham
“ When we finished the structural work to our 1930’s house, we realised that we could not achieve the internal design look that we wanted on our own. We saw Karen’s work for Beltaine and thought she might be the right person for us.
She was quick to understand our tastes and lifestyle. Within a few weeks we were in her Studio looking at fabrics, furniture and style options. We commissioned her to work on our reception room.
Through Karen we have been introduced to a range of skilled craftsmen able to restore and upholster period furniture and create bespoke bookcases. We decided to ask her to project manage other rooms as well and are delighted with the results. More has been achieved through her working with us than we could ever have managed alone and we love our new rooms and whole-house look. We highly recommend Beltaine Designs and are already planning our next project ”
Mr & Mrs R – Cheltenham
Mr & Mrs R went on to do a further project with Beltaine, in which their London apartment was renovated throughout.
See their London project here: Belgravia Apartment
“ We are completely enchanted with the curtains that we commissioned from Beltaine Designs. This is thanks to Karen whose expertise and good judgement made us feel confident that the curtains would be just right for our home. The sublime quality of the curtains, the attention to every detail and Karen’s understanding of and commitment to meeting our needs means that we will certainly be returning to Beltaine Designs and would highly recommend them to friends ”
L & G – London