Grafton Freestone, the installations specialist of growing interiors firm Richard Grafton Interiors, has hired experienced interior designer Sarah McIntosh (27) to join its 12-strong Harrogate team.
Sarah joins having spent six years working with Summerbridge-based kitchen specialist Clarity Arts, and is the fifth interior designer to join the firm since its launch just 18 months ago. As well as her experience in interior design, Sarah also brings a wealth of computer aided design (CAD) experience.
The move is a return to her roots, as the young designer had her very first job working with Richard Grafton in 2001, before going on to study Interior Design at Leeds College of Art & Design.
She will now work closely with Andrew Freestone, director of installations specialist Grafton Freestone, as well as again working alongside mentor and managing director Richard Grafton.
Andrew Freestone said:
Sarah is a fantastic interior designer and will be a great link between the interior designers and our installation teams and contractors.
The ability to precisely design cabinetry and installations in-house will make our service unique, and allow our designers to bring alive their ideas for kitchens, bathrooms, bespoke furniture installations, dressing rooms and even libraries, all without the need to involve outside designers and suppliers.
Richard Grafton added:
We first worked together over a decade ago, and since then Sarah has matured into a great interior designer and it is fantastic to be welcoming her back on the team.
Having Sarah available here full time will allow us to offer more technical elevations, plans and designs as well as mood boards, allowing clients to be really involved in the design detail of bathrooms and kitchens as well as the other installations and living room projects we undertake.
Sarah, who joined the team on 1 September, will work at the firm’s 3,000 sq ft showroom and design studios located on The Ginnel in Harrogate.
I am really excited to be joining such a great team with a mix of interiors, installation and retail experience. Working with the designers on such a broad range of rooms and building designs is going to be really rewarding, especially with so many familiar faces.