What our customers say
"I’d been wanting to give my living room a makeover for quite some time and decided to take the plunge after Guthrie & Kirkwoods services were recommended to me.
I wasn’t sure of what to expect from an Interior Designer but Elle was able to put me at ease and explained the process in full. I welcomed her approach and complete professionalism from beginning to end. Elle was able to guide me gently and show me the possibilities for my room by gently pushing me out of my comfort zone.
She gave me an understanding of how colour can transform a space along with mixed materials, pattern and surface finishes. It took time for me to understand that certain elements in my existing room, if kept, would limit the opportunity for change. For this reason I relented and decided to replace the existing carpet and I’m so glad I did.
My new living room is my haven and I enjoy spending time in it. Elle interpreted my ideas along with her own beautifully and with great skill. I have now decided to have my downstairs toilet redone and cannot wait to see another neutral space injected with new life.
If you are apprehensive about seeking help for your home i can’t recommend Guthrie & Kirkwood enough. "
"Being based in South Africa and having furnished numerous apartments myself in South Africa, it was difficult for me to “let go” and trust Elle to run with the furnishing of our apartment in London, remotely.
Having never personally met with Elle and with technology being our only means of correspondence on all decisions, this was by no means an easy project. Elle had been highly recommended to us by a previous client.
I cannot express my absolute gratefulness towards Elle for her professional approach and understanding throughout the project. Nothing ever seemed to be a problem, decisions were made efficiently, and my indecisiveness and uncertainties were addressed and considered in every aspect, always being satisfied 100%. Timelines were tight, and deadlines were met with perfection.
Finally, 6 weeks after assigning Elle to furnishing the New Build the results was exciting and wonderful to personally see.
From the pieces of furniture sourced and installed, to the private contractors being assigned to make up and install bespoke items like mirrors, curtains, blinds, headboards and desks, were a true reflection on Elle’s promise to supply the best, at a well-researched competitive price.
We are delighted with our new home! We wish you and your business all the best and would not hesitate to recommend your services.
Thank you so much Elle."
Trevor and Jacqui Quigley, Fulham, London
"G&K worked closely with us and what we liked and didn’t like and opened our eyes to schemes, bold colours and prints that we wouldn’t have ever considered in our own right. Access to beautiful furniture and lighting that our department store shopping wouldn’t have uncovered was a great delight.
I absolutely love our kitchen/family room and how the space has been totally transformed without replacing the original kitchen itself.
With clever storage for children’s toys this room is now both a play area and a grown-up chill out area. Our dining room is now used daily – rather than reluctantly only on Christmas day – and we are enjoying entertaining again.
We have had so many positive comments of both rooms we are planning on G&K redesigning our lounge next. Watch this space….."
"Since moving into our new build in 2011 we have never loved the lay out of our lounge but hadn’t seen beyond colours and sofas . Elle’s vision meant a much bigger project than originally envisaged , and trusting her implicitly after having been wowed by her work in our dining and family rooms , we subsequently changed the flooring and moved the Media in addition to boarding up our fireplace to completely change the layout of the room.
The effects are way beyond our expectations .
As ever Elle’s colour choices are bold but create stunning rooms , and the space now works much better for us as a family , giving me a peaceful spot for reading and working, with an amazing family space to watching movies and chilling out.
An added bonus means as we benefit from better views of the garden for the summer months ."
"We moved into our new build home in 2011, with two young children, white walls and neutral décor. As the downstairs rooms started to become more our own, and less of a crèche, we started to think about how to add some colour and personality to our kitchen and family room – plus we had never enjoyed our dining room, with furniture brought from the last house that didn’t quite work.
We had always thought that interior design was scary and expensive, but our experience with G&K overcame our fears and exceeded our expectations.."
"Working with Elle has been great fun. From the initial design layout of our room to her ideas around paint colours, fabrics and furniture was without complication and exciting. Gauging our preferred design style quickly , Elle encouraged us to step out of our comfort zone to achieve a worthy wow factor."
"Elle’s creativity inspired ideas that never would have occurred to us. Initially we approached her about ideas we had for elaborate curtains in our living room. Following a thorough consultation we entrusted her and her curtain maker with the entire process of design, sourcing fabrics and installation . We are delighted with the finished result.."
"Having been initially sceptical about seeking help with our home, after meeting Elle we were assured that her involvement wouldn’t firstly blow our budget , or secondly create a fanciful design that wasn’t to our taste . We look forward to her input with our next project."