With a New Year 2012 came a New Year’s resolution. It started with the living room and quickly became the whole house. Was this a project to far we asked ourselves? On our own yes but we were recommended Natalie at Inside Story which made our life so much easier and exciting.
Since then we have not looked back. Each room has been transformed to a modern, light home but still keeping the cottage-style setting. Natalie made us think outside the box and introduced us to ideas, fabrics and color we would not have otherwise thought about. All of our friends cannot believe it is the same house and love the change.
We are now on the last room and it is as exciting as the first one. Natalie showed us how to stand back and take some time before choosing the style and this certainly paid off. Nothing is too much trouble for Natalie. She spent a lot of time understanding what we were trying to achieve, so doing some of our own homework really was useful before work started.
We shall be always grateful to Natalie for changing our home for the better and letting in the light, creating a super place to live.
E. Cook Oxfordshire 2012-2013, 2014
I had an idea of what I wanted, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Natalie interpreted my desires and patiently and skillfully guided me to the end product – a plain guest bedroom transformed into cosy elegance. No matter how big or small the project, Natalie dedicates her time and effort to ensure the customer is always delighted.
S Wood, Warwickshire 2012-2013
We met Natalie several years ago and have benefited greatly from her expertise, knowledge and advice.
Natalie is very friendly and welcoming, has great ideas and suggestions and nothing is too much trouble. She always responds to questions and requests in an extremely positive manner, with good advice forthcoming. The studio is an aladdin’s cave of fabrics, finishing’s,
wallpapers and accessories and you would be hard pressed not to find exactly what you need.
Our last two projects were the master bedroom in 2012 and the hall, stairs and landing in 2013 both of which we love. In fact, our entire house is an accolade for Inside Story gaining many admiring comments. We would never go anywhere else.
Andrea and Malcolm Moodie, Oxfordshire. 2012, 2013
I was introduced to Natalie by a good friend, who has been delighted with the help Natalie had given to her in renovating her home.
Having made a visit to Natalie’s studio to look at fabrics, I quickly became overwhelmed by the amount of choice, falling in love with far too many! Without me realising, Natalie had made a mental note and then visited me at home, bringing with her a more concise selection of fabric books. Natalie impressed me with her knowledge of the fabrics she supplies and she went out of her way to select fabrics which were within my budget. She even persuaded me to have my four existing sofas recovered, rather than incurring extra unnecessary costs in buying new ones!
I am absolutely delighted with the finished effect. Thanks to Natalie, each room has its own individuality, which is exactly what I wanted to achieve.
C. Andrew, Oxfordshire 2013-2014
Natalie provided me with some inspirational advice and ideas when I moved into a new and very white warehouse conversion flat. In particular she found some very attractive and practical solutions for the window blinds, a difficult proposition as they are all recessed and arched, recommending designs and colours that worked extremely well with pre-existing furniture and lighting, ideas that I certainly wouldn’t have found without her guidance.
I would add too that Natalie has a highly developed professional approach to the business of interior design, from the exactness of specifications and keeping occasionally wayward suppliers on schedule to following up on every detail with the client at the completion of the project to ensure satisfaction.
I would recommend her services without hesitation.
Richard B, London 2013
I first met Natalie a couple of years ago when I popped into her Banbury shop. I immediately felt welcome by her attentive and friendly manner and was very impressed by the wide range of books with fabrics and wallpapers.
Our collaboration has continued and blossomed since then taking us through various projects big and small. Whether its a new fabric for a chair, a sample of a wallpaper, ideas on curtain poles and different finishes, paints or furniture, Natalie is always there to help. Natalie’s patience, brilliant feel for style, colour and texture and an impeccable efficiency is a winning combination. She makes you feel important and is ready to put in a generous amount of time in order to achieve a fantastic result. I don’t know many people in a trade who would be prepared to spend a whole day in Chelsea Harbour with a client.
One of my biggest projects in the house was a dining room which needed a complete refurbishment. It included a new floor, fireplace, wood panelling, painted silk on the walls, new curtains and poles. The whole project took nearly a year, during which Natalie was there to advise, research, help negotiate with suppliers and finally deliver on time and with a smile. As a result we achieved the most stunning result – we have a room with the ‘wow’ factor, which doesn’t stop to impress our guests.
Needless to say that I will use Natalie’s help in the future with our new exciting projects to come.
O. Allen, Northamptonshire 2010-2011, 2012, 2013
Acknowledging that choosing colours and interior decor is not my area of strength, a friend recommended that Natalie at Inside Story might just provide the help that I needed.
Natalie has been totally irreplaceable. She’s listened to my extensive brief, challenged my thinking and been willing to wrestle with ideas until we’ve reached a conclusion we both feel happy with. She’s great fun, full of ideas and works quickly, concisely and to budget. She has brought a totally new dimension to my project.
The end result is wonderful and I’m delighted. I could not have created something so lovely without her.
T. Martle, Warwickshire 2011-2013
I met Natalie through the personal recommendation of a trusted friend. I needed help and inspiration with every room in my house, which had to begin when the builders were only part of the way through the project!
From the moment that she arrived, full of enthusiasm, Natalie was excellent at listening to what I wanted and gently nudging me in the right direction. Her vision for my home was easy to follow and I knew immediately that I could trust her. She worked tirelessly bringing endless samples of materials and colours and researching new products: glass curtain poles – beautiful! This meant that my decisions were easier to make which, for me, was fantastic.
When the decisions were made Natalie ensured that the curtains, poles, upholstery and even the finishing touches were delivered and in place very quickly which was an added bonus.
Natalie has created a beautiful home for me which I enjoy and appreciate every day.
Cathie Hurst, Oxfordshire. 2011
“We approached Inside Story to help with redecorating our living room and to organise the room for us. Try as we might we just could not achieve the warm, welcoming ambience we desired. Natalie came to the house, talked about our likes/dislikes and before leaving threw some suggestions our way on how to rearrange furniture. Amazed by the difference (we just wouldn’t have considered some of the changes) we couldn’t wait to see the design ideas.
Three fabulous mood boards later, our minds made up, work was started. Every detail was thought about and our own ideas and thoughts always considered. We now have a fabulous living room and could not recommend Inside Story highly enough.
Kareen and Anthony Bagot-Webb, Northamptonshire. 2011
“The whole experience from start to finish, with choosing the fabrics to hanging the curtains, has been a pleasure. Natalie helped me create the look I was after, coming up with brilliant suggestions to make the overall look perfect. Thanks Natalie.”
Caroline Proud, Oxfordshire. 2009-2011
“A big thank you to Natalie and her team at Inside Story for their, ideas, support and personal commitment to help me design the entire interior of my house! Their commitment and inspiration has created, for my family, a house into a home and for that I am very grateful.”
Vicky Bennett, Oxford, 2009
Embarking on such a huge project as renovating our house, I did not have a clue where to start with colours. Natalie was brilliant with putting me on the right track. When it came to choosing curtains, fabrics, style, curtain poles etc… it did not take Natalie long to understand the style I was after, and I am delighted with all of the curtains and blinds that are now in my house. Working with Natalie, I never felt pressurised into making a decision, and if she knew I was after a certain type of fabric or pattern she would find it for me.
I also had chairs recovered and lots of cushions made and again, I am delighted with the final results.
I am almost sorry that we have now finished decorating my house as Natalie helped me make it into a great experience and I would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone.
B Beaumont, Warwickshire 2008-2009
Natalie transformed the new wing of our home. We had the basic pieces and Natalie pulled it together with the right colours, fabrics and styles. She was great to work with – just the right combination of creative talent, organization and follow through to help us.
We highly recommend her.
Marjorie and Dean Glasgow, Oxfordshire 2008
Three years ago I moved into an old house in a village just outside of Banbury that needed a complete interior overhaul and Natalie, the owner of Inside Story in Banbury has proven to be the best find of the project. When I walked past her shop I knew she was exactly what I was looking for; her display used a variety of beautiful fabrics and accessories mixed with antiques and contemporary furniture in an artful and eye-catching way and through a combination of careful listening and deep knowledge Natalie has helped me to achieve exactly the right look and feel for my home.
Inside Story is home to Banbury’s own Interior Guru Natalie Wallis. The frequently changing but always beautiful displays in her shop window are testament to Natalie’s knowledge and ability to encompass any style, traditional or contemporary, and give it a twist to make it both gorgeous and unique.
I have used Natalie’s wealth of knowledge time after time in the decoration of my home. She has listened to the look I have wanted to create and then like a magician pulled from her huge stock of sample books exactly what I needed.
A. Owen, Oxfordshire 2007-2009, 2011, 2012
During 2009 I asked Natalie of Inside Story to design, provide and fit furnishings to all the windows in our new home. I am pleased to say that Natalie’s knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm have been instrumental in a highly satisfactory conclusion to the project. Our furnishings range from beautiful silks, linens and embroidered voiles to wood and metal poles all chosen from Inside Story’s extensive range. Nothing was too much trouble for Natalie and I would be very happy to recommend her services to anyone needing help with Interior Design.
P. Godson, Warwickshire. 2009
Natalie listens to my thoughts and ideas and translates them perfectly into exactly the right colours, fabrics and textures to make the transformation a reality – sometimes including ones I would never have considered on my own but without which the room’s look would not be complete.
J. Pollard, London SW7. 2008, 2009, 2014
Fantastic selection and ideas, organised, helpful and easy to work with – pleased with the results and bill!
C. Kelly, Warwickshire 2009, 2014
I am absolutely delighted with the work that you have done in my flat. I love the colours, furnishings and curtains that you suggested as well as the finishing touches in every room. You really took the hassle and hard work out of decorating and furnishing the flat and gave it the “wow” factor I was looking for. I was particularly pleased at the approach you took and your ability to deliver an incredible quality product on such challenging time lines. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to my friends.