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About me

Caroline Cullingham of Godfrey's Ear at work in her studio in Derbyshire

Hello, I’m Caroline, the artist and visionary behind Godfrey’s Ear, based in the picturesque county of Derbyshire. I would describe myself as friendly, down-to-earth, and approachable.

My journey into the world of furniture artistry began with a fascination for interior design, ignited by the transformative power of television shows like Changing Rooms and House Doctor. After years in the finance sector, I took a leap of faith and honed my skills at the KLC School of Design in Chelsea Harbour, achieving an honours grade certificate. My daily visits to the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour exposed me to exquisite fabrics, wallpapers, and home décor, further enriching my design sensibilities.

My “no fixed style” approach sets me apart, which allows me to offer my clients a repertoire of skills and flexibility. I employ various techniques, from hand-painting to decoupage, always aiming to exceed client expectations.

Sustainability is at the heart of my work. I use a range of premium eco-friendly furniture paints and finishing products, ensuring that each piece not only looks stunning but also contributes to a greener planet. My inspiration comes from everywhere — nature, architecture, and even insects.

I’m particularly drawn to mid-century furniture. Not only does it evoke fond memories of my childhood, but I see it as a “golden age” of furniture design that produced many iconic pieces that are as relevant in today’s homes as they were then.

I believe that each piece of vintage furniture has a story to tell. Before I begin the restyling process, I take the time to understand its history, its maker, and its original purpose. This allows me to respect the character of the piece while delivering a structurally sound and fully functioning item of furniture, ready for its new chapter in life.

Looking to the future, I aim to continue elevating the standards of furniture restyling, broadening my skill base, sharing my knowledge through workshops, and contributing to a more sustainable and design-forward world.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me and my artistic journey. I look forward to creating something extraordinary for you.

Caroline xx