Creating a personal interior style

I’d like to introduce you to an amazing lady: Hester Cresswell, a specialist furniture painter, working in and around Lincolnshire.

Hester Cresswell at work in her Lincolnshire studio

I have known Hester for a few years and over that time her work has changed in line with fashion and interior styling. She has a great eye for the sort of piece of furniture which will look good painted and manages to pick up some amazing items which can transform a home. Some years ago she began teaching this to others too. Then in 2010 she built ‘The Studio’ at her home in Haconby near Bourne, Lincolnshire and this now houses both her painted pieces of furniture and accessories as well as lovely vintage finds, upholstered pieces and lamps.

 “When my father retired he worked at Richardson’s the auctioneers and was always picking up a bargain and transforming it into something beautiful. I learnt a lot from him and for many years we had an antique stall together. I had never thought it would turn into a business but I decided to change career and the business was born,” Hester explained.

working with paint colours


Hester worked as a medical secretary at the doctors’ surgery in Bourne and some 14 or so years ago gave it all up to follow her dream of working with paint and colour. She still uses some of the drag affects she used to use on walls but much of the dragging and washes which were so popular then are now unpopular ad interior effects. When she first started painting furniture the ‘New England look’ was very popular with dark green, blue and terracotta being used most often. Then for a long time pure creams dominated our interiors. Now we see a lot of grey and blue coming to the fore with Swedish tones dominating our interiors.

“I love what I do and love the freedom of working from home,” Hester explained. Being able to work and yet walk the dog and enjoy the local countryside is something I never take for granted,” she says. Hunting for the next piece of furniture to paint is an endless task. “I’ll often be up and out of the house by 6am and a buying trip to the Newark antiques fair. It might be driving rain on the A1 but I still anticipate the bargain I’ll find and think it’s a real thrill,” Hester laughs.

beautiful colours come through this stained glass

“I have made so many friends through my courses and love being able to share my passion for colour and fabrics,” Hester says. Alongside her regular courses which teach the techniques for distressing and painting furniture and interior accessories in Gustavian and French antique finishes, Hester now runs a follow on course for people who have attended one of her courses and are moving onto larger projects. “People bring a piece of furniture which they have sourced, maybe a chest of drawers or a table and we work on this together. They then take home a finished piece,“ Hester  explains.

 To book on one of Hester’s courses ring her on: 017778 570952 or

Hester has a special Christmas opening on Thursday 17th November 6.00pm to 9.00pm, Friday 18th November 10.00am to 4.00pm and Saturday 19th November, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Chapel Garden House, Chapel Street, Haconby, Bourne, Lincs, PE10 0UL

 If you need some help or advice with an interior or garden project, or have fallen in love with one of Hester’s painted pieces but don’t know how to fit it into your own interior, then give me a ring: Alison Tel: 01572 747318/08973843020.