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Hill House Interiors of Weybridge

PUBLISHED: 09:49 26 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 20 February 2013

Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves of Hill House Interiors in Weybridge

Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves of Hill House Interiors in Weybridge

If you want to give your home an extra-special look, an interior designer could be just the help you need. JANET DONIN meets two of the most successful in Surrey, Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves of Hill House Interiors

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2009

If you want to give your home an extra-special look, an interior designer could be just the help you need. JANET DONIN meets two of the most successful in Surrey, Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves of Hill House Interiors





Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves: 01932 855901
Name of company: Hill House Interiors
Address: 32-34 Baker Street, Weybridge KT13 8AT






From the moment you enter the offices of Hill House in Weybridge, you know that this is an interior design consultancy that's got the wow factor; with heavy glass doors, high backed chairs and subtle lighting setting the scene.

Partners Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves, both in their forties, started the company some ten years ago, creating interiors for individual clients and small niche developers. Soon, they graduated to styling show houses for Octagon, the luxury house builders, and now they have clients from Surrey to the South of France and beyond.

"Our style is tailored and timeless but with glamorous features," says Jenny. "And our clients, both men and women, seem to like what we do."

A touch of glitz
And it's true glamour that is always part of the Hill House look. In all their schemes, you'll find surprising elements like an exotic chandelier that's actually made up of silver cutlery, or some dramatic black wallpaper created from real Moreno glass crystals - stunning details designed to add value to your home and create the look of your dreams.

Jenny and Helen invariably get to know a new client during an initial consultancy. From there, they will create a layout on the computer then back this up with mood boards. This professional presentation gives the client a complete visual interpretation of the finished scheme.

"Most people have an idea of what they like but scale and size are often difficult concepts," says Helen. "So an interior designer stops you from making expensive mistakes."

The best advice is don't skimp on the basics, like comfortable furniture and good quality materials, as new furnishings should last you at least ten years. And, above all, if you don't like what you see don't buy it.

To this end, Hill House has a team of experts on hand like carpenters to make beautiful yet practical storage and upholsterers who interpret Jenny's designs - from comfortable curvy sofas to dining chairs. In fact, this summer they are also putting together a small range of furniture so anyone can get the Hill House look at an affordable price.

"Our signature style is basically a neutral tonal palette built up with texture and accent colours," says Helen.

It's a palette of tones that suits any home, whether classic or contemporary, but the skill is to get the style of the furnishings just right.

This year, the trend colours have moved on from gold with lime to platinum and cranberry, amethyst and raspberry, and lots of metallics.

"We also like contrasts," says Jenny. "Light sofas and chairs with dark wood tables work well together with a mix of textures on walls and furnishings."

All in the curves
Key shapes right now are curvy - from sofas to column table lamps and oval coffee tables, while textures can be stone, silk, leather or wood, all designed to create a comfortable yet opulent interior.

"It makes me mad that no one ever has enough storage space in a bathroom!" adds Jenny. "Where possible, I like to include a run of deep drawers so you can hide things away.

"And cloakrooms are always overlooked when in fact they are little gems. In such a small space, you can go for impact with fabulous crushed crystal paper or huge faceted mirrors."

Hill House also pioneered what they call 'the super room'. Essentially, this entails bringing down the walls so that the ground floor is one huge open-plan room.

"It's a much more sociable way of living," says Helen, "as nobody is very far away from you and it's perfect for today's more relaxed lifestyle."

Making dreams become reality is what the interior design business is all about and at Hill House you certainly get that with added glamour.





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