Recovering chairs, upholstery supplying of kilims and tapestries.
Company description When an upholstery craftsman merges with a textile designer it’s a safe bet the result will be something special - which was exactly the case with Stuart Henderson and his wife Carla, who together run Castle Cottage Interiors in North Berwick. Having trained in Furniture Craft and Management at High Wycombe, in 1989 Stuart opened his first business, Castle Cottage Upholstery, in East Linton. He later moved the business to North Berwick where he specialised in both modern and traditional bespoke and re-upholstered furniture, curtains and blinds. Carla meanwhile, graduated with a BA in Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels and initially had her own hand screen-printed textiles business in Tweedbank.
After moving to North Berwick in 1989, she worked as an exhibition co-ordinator/buyer at The Westgate Gallery. The pair met through mutual friends, married a few years later and now have three children. Carla joined Stuart in the business in 2002 at which time they acquired the upper part of the building and created two specialist areas, a ground floor workshop accessed from Abbey Road and a soft furnishings/interiors shop upstairs entered from Station Road.
The business name was changed to Castle Cottage Interiors to reflect the couple’s individual but complementary skills and the range of services they offer which could literally be anything to do with interiors for a castle to a cottage and all things in between. Carla and Stuart’s main focus is making bespoke furniture and footstools, using beech, oak, ash and traditional hardwoods, and creating unique and beautiful room schemes as part of a design service that caters for all tastes and budgets to ensure customers achieve exactly the look they want. Inspiration for their designs comes from living on the coast and from fabrics - the latter range in price from £10 per metre to £300 per metre and include the most famous names in the business, such as Zoffany, Jane Churchill, Romo, Mulberry, Osbo