Caroline is an interior designer and consultant in Fine Art and Antiques. As well as designing interiors, she advises clients on the acquisition and sale of antiques, including furniture, objets d’art and paintings.
Caroline grew up surrounded by historic and important works of art. This fostered an interest in the decorative arts and encouraged her to acquire a wide knowledge of historic interior styles.
She has lived in Italy, France and Spain and speaks those languages fluently. Visits to museums and private collections around Europe increased her knowledge of continental art and interiors.
While living abroad, she worked with Spanish antique dealers, sourcing antiques for export to Spain, thus building up a large network of wholesale antique specialists. On returning to live in England, she has continued to successfully source antiques and works of art for a wide international clientele.
The interior design side of the business developed in response to clients’ requests to create interiors suitable for the period and style of their house or for their collections.
Caroline has worked on a number of high profile design projects for both historic and modern Interiors and has appeared on various television programmes commenting on antiques and the interior design of historic houses.
For some of our projects, Hotspur Design enlists the expert assistance of independent consultants, including Amanda Ransom and Catherine Fellowes.
Amanda trained at the Inchbald School of Design, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Architectural Interior Design. She then worked with a number of leading interior designers before joining Hotspur Design in 2011.
Prior to her career in interior design, Amanda read History of Art at the University of East Anglia, achieving a first class grade for her dissertation on the work of the contemporary classical architect, Robert Adam. She worked in the city of London for 14 years as a stockbroker at investment banks including UBS and the Royal Bank of Canada.
We have more than just a visual response to interiors and Amanda believes it is important to understand how the senses enhance our experience of a place. She considers the impact of light, texture, sound and smell in addition to the visual dimension when designing a project.
Catherine’s main interest has been in antiques and Interior design.
Her working life started at Mallets Antiques.
She then managed the London Racing office of a Greek Shipping family, followed by a period as PA for a venture capitalist firm.
She was a showroom and client account manager for Colefax and Fowler for 8 years