Laura and Diana outside 10 downing street on international women's day

My Bespoke Room: A year round up and our 2019 highlights

In the iconic words of John Lennon in So This Is Christmas: 'Another year over, another one just begun.' This is definitely the time  when start reflecting on the year, what you've done, what you didn't do, the ups and downs and what you want to achieve next year.

Firstly, we want to say a huge thank you to you. Without your continued support of My Bespoke Room none of what we're about to shamelessly boast about would have been possible!

This year has been an absolute whirlwind for us at My Bespoke Room; bigger and better than ever before and we don't plan on slowing down for 2020. Before we run and jump straight into the anticipated fast-paced and exciting new year (and decade!), we are going to take a little breather to reflect on 2019, how much we've grown in the year and all that we've achieved. We may also take a moment for a mulled wine or two as well, everyone needs a holiday right? 

Before the mince pies and the festivities really begin, we're super excited to share with you everything we've been up to - because, after all, without you, there wouldn't be us. We've been on TV (more than once!), we visited 10 Downing Street, our fantastic team expanded even more and we revealed a couple of our high-profile client projects - keep reading, all will be revealed! 

 

Did you see us on Sky News?

 

Laura and Diana, My Bespoke Room at sky news on international women's day

Image credit: My Bespoke Room

For the first time ever we were  live on the television. We were interviewed on the Ian King Live programme about My Bespoke Room, our business model and how we've disrupted the industry. We can't lie to you, it was pretty nerve-racking and we received some unexpected questions, but we think we did My Bespoke Room and female entrepreneurship proud! What do you think? You can watch the entire interview below 👇

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We visited 10 Downing Street

Laura and Diana outside 10 downing street on international women's day

Image credit: My Bespoke Room 

It’s not very often an email lands in your inbox from the Downing Street Office inviting you to come and meet the Prime Minister; certainly an opportunity that could not be missed!

 As female founders, we were extremely privileged and honoured to be invited by Theresa May to Downing Street in celebration of International Women’s Day.  

You can read the full blog post, including what we got up to and our review of 10 Downing Street's interior by clicking here. 

 

Ideal Home Show welcomed us onto their stage

the My Bespoke Room team at ideal home show on the interior styling stage sponsored by crown paint

We had the privilege of talking at the Ideal Home Show, giving you lovely people our top tips on creating the perfect family home for you, and making the most of your space. Our Head of Interior Design, Lucy Henderson and incredibly talented in-house designer, Claire Armstrong-Gautier took to the stage twice and talked broken-plan interiors and family home living. 

Friends, family and some of our lovely designers came and supported us at the event.

Don't worry if you missed us at the show, all is not lost! We thought we'd collate our favourite helpful hints into a blog post. This way, we can be infinitely beneficial for your home updates as your living situation evolves. Thank us anytime! 

 

An international supermodel loved our service

Jourdan Dunn in her dark and dramatic living room

Image credit: My Bespoke Room

The secret is out... well, it was out earlier this year, but if you had missed the news then or you're new to My Bespoke Room, we designed Jourdan Dunn's home! 

Jourdan Dunn is a bona fide star; she is one of the biggest British supermodels right now, a complete globetrotter, devoted mother, astute chef AND positive mental health advocate. At My Bespoke Room, we thoroughly believe that a home needs to portray the personality of it's occupant and when we were asked to be her interior designer, we knew there was no doubt that 28-year-old Jourdan's home would be absolutely beautiful and full of character.

It was an exciting project for both us as the designers and for Jourdan, herself. This is Jourdan’s first bought home that she wanted to refurbish herself - particularly as it's in West London where she grew up - and she was keen to put her stamp on it. The period property, full of original features, would be transformed into a stunning family home that she could enjoy. We see her looking ultra glam at the Met Gala, picture perfect on the covers of Elle, Vogue, Glamour and W Magazine, but what does she look like in her home, when she’s Out Of Office, kicking back and relaxing?

You can read the full blog post and see the entire home reveal by clicking here. 

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We collaborated with some amazing brands

Stitched blinds

Image credit: Stitched.co.uk

You can't achieve success on your own and we've collaborated with some incredible brands and companies such as Stitched, DIY Alcove Cabinets and Stepladder

We have had the pleasure of collaborating with the lovely people at Stitched to also grant you heaps of great advice for window treatments from the experts of the curtain worldWe shared how Stitched took the archaic industry online (sound familiar?😜), check out the blog post on the collaboration here. 

We worked with Stepladder to educate on how you can collaborate with others to achieve your interior dreams (and funds to do so) sooner. Missed the original blog and want to learn more? Don't worry, all will be revealed by clicking here. Stay tuned as we are doing something very exciting with Stepladder in early 2020

Another company that we collaborated with is also embracing the online world: Introducing DIY Alcove Cabinets. They create alcove cabinets (shocker!) and wardrobes 'supplied as a kit for you to fit.' So basically, they do the tricky bit (building the shelves and cabinets to exact dimensions) and then just send it across to you in a simple, flat pack package. You can then fit this yourself, or alternatively, hire a handyman to do the final leg, and it's all organised online! Learn more on our blog post. 

 

More happy customers, more home reveals

Victoria Baker in her classic traditional glam living room

Image credit: My Bespoke Room

Hundreds of room designs are sent to delighted customers every year (set to be thousands next year! Eeeeek) and we wish we could photograph them all. In 2019 we've photographed a few of our multiple room projects featuring the content clients themselves and for your viewing pleasure, we created blog posts to show them off.

One of the room reveals that hit our blog was a modern mid-century open-plan space with a statement blue ceiling.  

As an online interior design company, we don't always get to see our designs come to life. Luckily for us, one of our lovely customers, Kamran, let us pop around for a cuppa and a little photoshoot! His home was designed by Nardus, and it's safe to say both designer and client are over the moon with the final result... 

You can Shop The Looks of all of the rooms on our Inspiration page. Want to see the full blog post and home reveal? Just click here. 

Another happy customer: Victoria Baker submitted her first room design over a year ago and after that, she was so taken with the My Bespoke Room process, she continued to work with us on the rest of her home.  After designing for the lovely Victoria, we then had the pleasure of visiting her in the comfort of her new home! It was such a delight to be able to see these online designs become a reality and we were super excited to share this with you.

Once Victoria received her complete designs, she used our free personal shopping service to order all of the lovely items that Rachel, her designer, had sourced for her. All the furniture and finishing touches from multiple retailers were bought in just one click, all on the My Bespoke Room website, and the personal shopping team took care of the rest. Easy as Sunday morning! 

See her full home reveal and blog post by clicking here. 

 

Our first vegan room design for TV Presenter Jasmine Harman

A place in the sun jasmine harman in her vegan living room design

Image credit: My Bespoke Room

When Jasmine Harman contacted us about designing her vegan home we jumped at the chance. Not only do we love her show: A Place In The Sun, but we had never completed a totally vegan design before, and were totally up for the challenge!
 
Jasmine Harman took inspiration from her personal passion to update her home, and we were happy to help her on her way (and we still are - stay tuned for future vegan room designs). 

Jasmine, who has presented the Channel 4 series for 15 years now, has been a vegetarian since the age of six and has been vegan since shortly after giving birth to her daughter five years ago. 
 
She decided she wanted to reflect her new lifestyle when it came to the makeover for the stunning 1830s home in Carshalton where she lives with her husband Jon and children Joy and Albion. Her husband Jon found us whilst browsing the internet and then we were off!
 
Want to read the full blog post? Just click here
 
 

West Elm invited us on their Sustainability in Design panel 

Lucy Henderson Bhavin Taylor Design and Daniel Hopwood on West Elm Sustainability panel

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We were lucky enough to be invited to West Elm's event on sustainability in design at their beautiful store on Tottenham Court Road. Not only did we get the exclusive invite, Lucy, our Head of Interior Design, was talking on the panel alongside Bhavin, of Bhavin Taylor Design, and Daniel Hopwood

They talked trends, how to be more eco-conscious in interior design and what they consider to be design faux pas. Click here to learn more on the full blog post, and to see the most gorgeous spread of food 😍

The event was the perfect balance of comfortably casual and perfectly professional. Hosted in West Elm's Tottenham Court Road store, we were surrounded by fabulous furniture and finishing touches; if you've seen any of West Elm's products, then you can imagine that this was a complete feast for the eyes. (You won't believe what the actual feast looked like - picture on full blog post!). 

The panel, including Bhavin Taylor, Daniel Hopwood and our own, Lucy Henderson, were sat on a beautiful sofa with West Elm's lovely Ben Hanley

We were greeted by friendly faces (and a very welcome G&T). We had a number of our designers, who are dotted all over the country, meet us at the event, so it was lovely to catch up in person and also have the opportunity to chat and network to other likeminded designers and experts within the industry. 

 

the my bespoke room team at west elm sustainability event on tottenham court road

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Our team is ever-expanding with our fast-growing online interior design company, and we are strong advocates in a friendly and positive community within a workplace, this is even more important when our designers are dotted all over the UK. So, we are always so grateful for occasions such as this event where we can all meet and catch up in person, for a face to face chinwag with a G&T (and some honeycomb infused Brie). 

 

Heaps of room designs completed and 5* reviews received

living room 2d visual design

Image credit: My Bespoke Room

 

As we mentioned earlier, this year we've sent off hundreds of room designs for you lovely lot (roughly 750), and we never get tired of receiving your lovely feedback which makes us smile from ear to ear. 

To see some of our completed room designs, visit the Projects page on our website

We would like to share a couple of our recent reviews:

"I have received the absolute highest level of service from the entire team at my bespoke room and cannot praise them enough. Sarah who did my designs listened and translated every detail into the perfect bedroom. Exactly what I had in mind. Sarah was extremely patient and helpful offering various options and explaining all the steps to me. The process was really simple from beginning to end with regular contact from Sarah to answer any questions or suggestions I had at any stage. The personal shopping service is a brilliant idea to simplify everything I need for my room. Thank you all. I have and will continue to recommend this service to anyone who is renovating or doing a redesign.Thank you all. I will be sure to send pics of the finished room!" - Kay F

"Olivia was amazing all throughout the design process. From the first conversation to the final reveal, she really got a grasp of what I had envisioned in my head, and much more. My biggest challenge was achieving the 'right' room layout. Olivia delivered layouts I hadn't even considered before, chose furniture items and designs that just made perfect sense and highlighted the real value of hiring a designer! Really happy with the result and now in the mode of purchasing the items and bringing it all to life. The shopping team are also very helpful. Remy has been very efficient in handling this stage. Already receiving compliments on the space :-)" - Anonymous 

Check out loads more reviews from delighted customers on reviews.co.uk and Houzz

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We hit the screens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the first time ever, My Bespoke Room has hit the screens! Are you avid watchers of Four In A Bed? A sucker for Location, Location, Location? Is More4 or Home your go-to channel, when you want to put your feet up and relax into some easy TV?

Well, don't fast forward your adverts, because nestled between these fab programs we're the first ever UK interior design brand to air TV adverts, and we are super excited! 

In celebration, we took you behind the scenes of the making of our first ever TV commercial, check out the blog post

 

Another award!

GWG AWARD good web guide best of tech award

 

We were crowned WINNERS at The Good Web Guide awards!

We're honoured to receive the The Good Web Guide website award for Best Use Of Technology.

"MyBespokeRoom edged a tough category because of three things; firstly, their concept is very clear. Secondly, there is always a clear call to action and assistance via live chat. And lastly, a lot of effort has been put into providing extra value for their users through engaging blog content. It was the extra value that won this category - MyBespokeRoom care about their customers and that shows throughout their website." - Alex Minchin, founder and MD of Zest Digital

They even wrote an article about us: Shining The Spotlight: My Bespoke Room. You can see the full list of winners here - we're in great company

 

New friendly faces in HQ

Team HQ my bespoke room team collage photo

 

This year our in-house team at HQ has grown even more (we're needing to move offices AGAIN - 3rd time in two years!) and we are so grateful for each and every one of them - those who have been there from the first hire and the most recent additions, you're all fantastic.

Our newbies have been highlighted by a gold star (everyone that works are MBR is a star but we wanted to highlight our newest members so we can all collectively say a big WELCOME):

We've been lucky enough to gain John Cushing and Karen Allen our new NED and CFO respectively in our HQ team. In our office we've warmly welcomed Roseanna Au, a talented Interior Designer, Remy Brown, our lovely and incredibly efficient Personal Shopping Executive and last but not least, Pippa Yeates, our super friendly Customer Success Executive. 

Money and strategy are important (especially in tech start ups!) but its people that make things happen. Without the constant support, passion and hard-work that our HQ team brings to the table, we wouldn't have achieved so much in 2019 - big thanks to our fantastic in-house team. 

 

More incredible designers

my bespoke room designers

 

More customers means more room designs and more room designs means we needed more designers. We hand-pick our professional Interior Designers, so we know they're the best of the best and this year we had to go on the hunt for even more talented interior extraordinaires and decor devotees.

They have top-notch design qualifications and hands-on experience across all kinds of projects. The nitty-gritty, essential abilities aside, they're all delightful humans. They love working directly with clients, are team-players, ambitious and thoroughly enjoy the whole collaborative process. 

You can't run an interior design company without designers and we feel so grateful and lucky to have such a lovely and skilled team of designers working for My Bespoke Room.  Thanks for being awesome

 

So there we have it! A little snapshot into some of those moments that made 2019 blooming brilliant. We can't wait to see what 2020 brings us, but we can't forget about you either! We hope you all have a fantastic start to the new year and 2020 brings you happiness, love and success - whatever that may mean to you. Love L&D. 

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