About me

Caroline Cullingham of Godfrey's Ear

Hello, I'm Caroline.

I want to wish you a very warm welcome and thank you for visiting my online store.

I just want to let you know a little bit little about me, what I do and why it is so important to me.

I'm a Derbyshire girl, who spent many years working in the finance industry, both locally in Derby and Nottingham, but I also spent almost 20 years living and working in London before returning to my home turf.

Furniture in landfill

My little business is all about saving good quality and serviceable furniture from being destroyed and taken to landfill.

It's an alarming fact that in Great Britain alone over 300,000 tons (22 million items) of reusable furniture are thrown away every single year!

I feel so lucky to have trained in Interior Design at KLC in Chelsea. This opportunity arose after I was made redundant, and so I used the money I had from that to fund my studies. I started on a journey to create the designer look using second hand unloved furniture which in time led me into my furniture painting world of Godfrey’s Ear.

I have been taught and mentored by some fantastic people in the painting world. I have been restyling vintage furniture now for almost 10 years. I love to transform my pieces from dowdy to desirable, so they can once again take pride of place in the home.

People love a taste of designer unique, but don't always have the high-end budget that type of furniture requires. By choosing upcycled furniture you can have a good quality piece of furniture. Save the planet, save your pocket!

What do I do?

Stag Minstrel chest of drawers

I paint and restyle quality pieces of furniture, creating beautiful pieces to suit today's homes using low VOC, eco-friendly products. I like to incorporate colour and pattern into my pieces: this could be a beautiful wallpaper or a fabulous stencil. I love dark neutrals and earth tones, but I will sometimes add a pop of vibrant colour for that surprise twist.

I offer a bespoke commission service. You may have a piece of furniture that has been handed down to you, or a piece that is no longer quite on-trend. Why part with it when it can be restyled for you to give it a new lease of life. Old is the new new!

I run painting workshops in my studio at Brailsford. Set in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, the studio is light-filled and it even has a balcony! It makes for a relaxing, informal and friendly environment to brush up on your painting skills.

I have a great range of furniture paints, decorating paints and decorative products. I love them and I am sure you will too. So, if you want to have a go at your very own upcycling, crafting or decorating project, I have got you covered.

I am always happy to help if you get stuck or need some advice. Please do feel free to call or message me.

I really hope that you find products here to inspire you.

Godfrey’s Ear is part of Fur.nish UK, an elite collection of recognised and approved furniture artisans.