Being involved in the interiors space for some time now, I am familiar with visiting design and interiors hubs to source pieces to furnish my property renovation projects. Few places, however, are capable of making my heart skip a beat the way it did when we walked through the doors of Hutch Interiors on the Golborne Road to meet the owner Georgia Hendey.
What lay in store was a veritable collection of 20th century pieces and decorative objects merging happily with carefully chosen more recently produced accessories and lighting. Individual artwork graces the walls and we faced the dilemma of where to look first. Georgia is clearly someone with that indescribable gift of just getting things right. The space is confidently uncluttered allowing each piece and object to breathe and be appreciated – we wanted the lot!
We chatted with Georgia about her history, her inspirations and what’s next for Hutch.
Do you come from a design background?
I spent 15 years immersed in the world of advertising and more than three years based in the Paris office of Ogilvy. The seeds of the business were sewn there as I shared a home with two specialist 20th century antique dealers and I regularly accompanied them to various trade shows and fairs in and around Paris. My late Mum was also involved in the world of interiors within the yachting space, so design is something I have always been surrounded by and drawn to.
How did you get started?
I returned straight back to work full-time after babies one and two but then when number three came along, I began to contemplate doing something different so I could spend more time with the children. I live locally and noticed that this shop on Golborne Road had become available and before I knew it, I found myself pitching for it! The planets aligned and my ‘something different’ quickly materialised. I spent two months decorating the space and sourcing pieces ready for the opening in February 2013, quickly realising that my definitive style sits within 20th century design. I’m also drawn to some French and European painted furniture and I think there’s still an appetite from buyers for these pieces.
What is the first piece you sold?
It was two metal trollies from a Boeing 747 which were purchased to sit as part of a free standing kitchen. It wasn’t a safe purchase – but the buyer ended up absolutely loving them which is what it’s all about!
What is your personal style at home?
I like to mix things up a lot. I live in a Victorian House just around the corner from the shop and I love to blend G-Plan chairs around a big French farmhouse table as well as 1950s cocktail chairs in the same space. I just make sure that I buy things I love and then they all seem to work.
Who does the furniture restoration?
Beautiful mid-century chairs are a constant at Hutch and I carry out the wood restoration myself. In the 1950s in particular, the wood was very heavily lacquered and this doesn’t tend to age well so I strip everything back before applying a tinted or clear wax.
I also use a trusted upholsterer to recover the fabric once I’ve decided on the specific colour and fabric combinations.
What are your favourite pieces at the moment?
It’s so hard to choose but I’m going to pick two quite different pieces. The first is a beautiful French bistro garden table which is sitting outside. It has a unique sculptured iron base and the restoration of the top was a labour of love!
Secondly, the lime green Danish armchair at the entrance to the shop is a real favourite of mine – I just love how the fabric complements the newly waxed wooden arms and legs.
How do you choose your accessories and soft furnishings?
I only buy things I love from people I like working with. The striking cushions are supplied by two small businesses and I think that the pops of colour complement the furniture perfectly. The eye-catching pineapple design and the aztec checks are two of my favourites. The lighting pieces are bold and graceful with an industrial theme, alongside shipping pendant lights and the stunning newer pendants supplied by Buster & Punch. I have a keen interest in art and I regularly buy pieces from a trusted Belgium art dealer. I also love showing work from ‘the now’ by emerging artists who I just happen to fall in love with (their work that is!).
What is the most rewarding part of the job?
I absolutely love what I do. My favourite part of the job is working with customers to understand how a piece could fit into their home. When someone falls in love with one of my pieces it is reward in itself! Customers often send me through photos of the piece in situ and it’s so rewarding to see something re-generated and being loved again.
I sourced a very unique brass light that had been used on a fighter jet to help the crew read the maps in the dark. After some restoration, I sold it to an American couple who were so appreciative and in love with its history that it made it all worthwhile.
So what is next?
I’m starting to spend more time now working with interior designers and also project managing directly myself.I’m expanding my sourcing business and am constantly on the look out for specific items for clients. I have just finished a full restoration of my own home which has been intense but so worth it!
I’m also a Mum to three young children who come into the shop most nights after school so things will continue to be a family affair. Just last week my son was playing outside and decided to forbid entry to a customer – Kirsty Allsop no less! Luckily she charmed her way past my son and came into the shop. It’s never dull here!