"I enjoyed the course immensely, Lucy made me feel welcome and it helped that the other participants were super friendly and helpful as I managed to learn a lot from their individual projects. Lucy was keen to share as much as she could possibly could and no question is a silly question either. I came away having learnt how to sand down a chair, decoupage (both paper and material) on a chair and a picture frame and reupholstering a dining room chair. As well as observing whilst others were being explained the various steps. Lovely snacks and lunch available. I highly recommend this course."
"Lucy made me very welcome; right from the moment of first contact.
Her enthusiasm and expertise twinned with encouragement and guidance made for a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
If I lived closer to Lucy, I would be back often. The home cooked food was also delicious."
"An excellent day. As a complete novice I learned a huge amount in a warm, supportive and inspiring environment? Excellent value for money, the day will help me avoid costly decor disasters going forward and helped me revive my creative streak!"
"Another fabulous day with Lucy Renshaw.
This is the second course I have been on, a great introduction to interior design giving you lots to think about and go away and play with colours and design.
We were lucky with the weather again, sunny and warm sat outside for a lot of the day.
We did loads of painting, as well as putting ideas together using materials.
We are all looking forward to a follow-up day in autumn, many thanks"
"I can highly recommend this one day course. Lucy was a fantastic host who provided a lovely lunch while sitting in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales. I learnt so much from the course and meant some really nice people. It has given me confidence that I needed. Once again thanks you so much Lucy."
"Lucy lives in a beautiful part of Derbyshire and invites attendees into her lovely home, which is set up perfectly for small workshops, which means you almost get 1-2-1 guidance and assistance on your chosen project. It is a fun, relaxing day and I think it works really well other folk bringing different projects as it means you get to learn from each other. I would highly recommend a day with Lucy, she gave me lots of practical advice and showed me plenty of techniques. It was a joy!"
"I had an excellent day with Lucy and came away with a reupholstered chair which I was very happy with. Learnt a number of useful tips; I"m looking forward to starting another project.
Wonderful location in Lucy's beautiful home with a wonderful lunch served on the terrace.
A perfect day"
"Great day. Lucy is excellent at holding a workshop. Friendly,
Relaxed flexible attitude to everything and everyone. She could not have been more accommodating and welcoming. An intimate experience in Lucy's home, with great input and
assistance as required. Lunch prepared by Lucy, in her garden was a definite bonus, the food was delicious, and the
amount of 'time out' just right, as the afternoon raced by to 4pm. I didn't quite finish my upholstery project, but was
Confident enough to do the last bit at home. Lucy made sure
we all got as much done in the time as we could, without 'pressure'."
"Absolutely loved the course, Lucy is a great teacher. Classes are nice and small (only 4 on the upholstery & upcycling I attended). We all happened to bring a chair each but they were all completely different. Lunch (& cakes) provided were home-made and superb, we even sat outside to eat in the lovely garden. I enjoyed the course so much I have booked the Interior Design course!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed this one day upholstery course, learnt lots of different upholstery techniques as well as some sewing techniques & shortcuts. Was made to feel very welcome & homemade soup & cake was delicious. Lovely location. I will definately be attending again & will recommend to family & friends."
"Lucy is very welcoming and an excellent teacher. I had a brilliant day and learnt lots of new skills. Lucy made everything seem so easy. I made buttons for my footstool and piping for cushion covers. Things i always thought were too difficult. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable day with delicious homemade cake and lunch. I would definitely recommend the courses and hope to go back myself."
"I thoroughly enjoyed my day on this course with Lucy. Learning about colour schemes, patterns and textures and how to put this all together was very informative. I now have the courage and some basic principles to apply to my interior design project. We were also treated to an amazing lunch and cakes.
I am really looking forward to joining you on another one of your courses.
Thank you Lucy."
"Excellent course with Lucy as always. Previous courses I have attended with Lucy have involved making or adapting things whereas this course was more theoretical although Lucy does include some practical tasks. I really enjoyed the day, learned a lot and it gave me a really good foundation in the principles of interior design, tips and 'rules' but with allowance for personal style and creativity. Lucy is always fantastically welcoming and generous with her knowledge, resources and of course food and drink! Highly recommended."
"What a fabulous day resulting in the successful completion of a project involving a king-size headboard. This was a great personal achievement with thanks to Lucy for her knowledge, patience and advice. The bonus of a beautiful setting with a delicious lunch and cakes throughout the day made the experience most enjoyable. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending the course"
"A thoroughly enjoyable and productive upcycling day with a welcoming friendly tutor in a delightful relaxed environment in beautiful Derbyshire countryside. The addition of a tasty lunch and delicious home made cake made the day complete."
"Wonderfully practical for a total novice like myself. I had very little confidence(and nearly didn't go) as this is a totally new arena for me. Kevin came too and he did the sanding and painting.
The very small class (3 of us) was perfect as I think if there were more people, it could be irritating I you had to wait for help. Wonderful homemade cakes and flapjacks served too!
We left at the end with some pretty passable creations: a wrecked footstool destined for the tip became a rejuvenated piece that will sell; a tatty cheap chair with an upholstered seat looks amazing now with a new lease of life - and a boring brown nest of tables began to become interesting again with paint and decoupage applied!
Highly recommend this course and can't wait to go again! Hope to take some others with us next time as it was such fun, so perfect for a corporate small team-building day out. :-)"
"A truly amazing course and I am gutted the four weeks are over!
I was very lucky as had another 3 fantastic girls on the course with me, I felt that I'd made new friends as well as learning so much from Lucy.
The relaxed atmosphere of Lucy's home made a brilliant learning environment and I feel confident enough, after only 4 weeks, to take on my own project.
Thank you Lucy (and fellow students) for 4 great weeks!
"Absolutely loved the course. Lucy is a good Tutor and excellent host .
I am very pleased with the result of my project , which was upholstering an 100 year old dining room chair. Lucy's advise not to paint the chair but just strip it down to the natural wood proved right.
My 17 year old daughter also enjoyed it very much and felt treated as an adult.
"Superb day in every way! This was my first visit to Lucy's and was a bit nervous but Lucy is so friendly and welcoming and her knowledge is exceptional; she is full of patience and whilst I was concentrating on my project ( a Roman blind) Lucy manages to advise / assist the other ladies but was always on hand to answer questions or help out. We all had different projects and it was great seeing other people's ideas. I managed to go home with a completed blind and the confidence to make more. We were also spoilt with lovely home cooked lunch with plenty of tea and cakes. A thoroughly relaxing day which I hope to repeat again soon."
"Had a really lovely day getting creative on Lucy's course. She had some great ideas and was very knowledgeable. I took a couple of wooden storage trays looking for inspiration, I was very pleased with the results ending up with a lovely piece of furniture. Highly recommended, very relaxed and the home made soup was delicious. Thanks Lucy, I hope to be back for another course."
"Absolutely loved my day with Lucy. I spent the day transforming an old coffee table with decoupage and a paint effect. Lucy is extremely knowledgeable about all sorts of techniques and I learned loads from listening to the other ladies on the course as well as my own project. Lovely lunch and homemade cakes too!"
"Lucy stuffed so much content into our 4 weeks that it was mind blowing, yet she also gave us lots of practical activities, laced with cake and tea, so that the whole course was an absolute joy. With four of us, in Lucy's kitchen, the atmosphere was friendly and warm and she has so much to teach ! I really looked forward to the course every week; we all made so much progress with our respective designs and were sad to leave at the end. Outstanding course - I'd recommend it to anyone that wants to design and decorate a room, or anyone who wants to start to learn about interior design in a lovely relaxed environment. Thanks Lucy; can't wait to bring my own new design to life."