I’ve never used an interior designer before, but Jo was very professional and patient with me, she was able to take my thoughts and present me with ideas from paints to fabrics to wall art, lighting, and flooring. I now have a beautiful, modern relaxing room. Jo is highly recommended.
Annette, Woodley, 2020
Working with Jo was an absolute pleasure, not only has she provided us with a holiday home that we are very proud of and one that allows us to maximise our earning potential, but her lovely nature, responsiveness and her efforts to go above and beyond to make sure we got the intended results were invaluable. She worked brilliantly around our budget and to top it off, she’s an outstanding stylist; this part of the process is very much worth investing in, especially for the holiday let, it took the design to another level and made the house a home. We worked with Jo because of a recommendation from a friend and we look forward to passing on the recommendation as we know she does a wonderful job – we’ve already booked her in for our next re-design project in our home.
Christina, Chapel-en-le-Frith, 2021
I was given Jo’s number as we had 5 rooms to decorate and although I had some ideas, I was struggling with time and choosing shades of colours. Jo was a great help with ideas and bringing samples to us, she saved us so much time which was such a help as the decorator was already booked. Jo is a lovely helpful lady and we are extremely pleased with how are rooms have turned out. We would recommend Jo to anyone who needs some help.
Jose, Chinley, 2020
Jo is warm, friendly and professional. She has a great eye, can really see the potential in a space and was really helpful. I had lots of ideas, and quite a challenging space to work with, and having time with Jo helped me move into action. She helped me to focus, created a beautiful mood board, and gave me a clearer sense of direction. Jo also gave me great suggestions of a few simple things that I could do on my own (as I wanted to do quite a lot of it myself), and some excellent contacts for the bigger jobs. She had images of completed jobs she’d worked on, samples of flooring and wall colours, and names of trades people who did excellent work. As someone who had never worked with an interior designer before, I found the whole process really enjoyable, and I’m loving my new space as it all comes together thanks to Jo being ‘behind the scenes’! I’ve recommended Jo to my friends, and would encourage anyone who needs a helping hand before they decorate/design to give her a call.
Fiona, Buxton, 2020
We used Jo on a large project converting an already converted barn into two separate holiday let’s. Jo was a real God send, using an interior designer like Jo takes a lot of the hassle out of a renovation project. She helps you out every step of the way, helping you choose colour and fabric schemes. Jo will source reliable tradesman to then undertake the work, decorating and curtain fitting etc. Jo will also source furniture and fittings to compliment the project. I would recommend Jo on any project.
Al and Holly, Birch Vale, 2019
I engaged Joanne to smarten up my ‘man cave’ stone terraced cottage in the Peninne foothills before putting it up for sale. I found her thoroughly professional, creative and understanding of what can be achieved. The improvements were such that the house sold within four days of being put on the market.
Peter, Glossop, 2019
Excellent service. More than I expected. Jo was so helpful, coming up with ideas that had never crossed my mind. Her ideas totally changed the appearance and usefulness of my lounge. She suggested furniture , curtains, cushions etc. The whole result was excellent. Although the project took longer than initially expected, that was down to John Lewis, not Jo. In fact she managed to get answers from them that I hadn’t. I will happily recommend her to my friends.
Peter, Cheadle Hulme 2018
Harmony Decor in Marple recommended Joanne to us. I felt immediately she understood the look we wanted. She really listened and cleverly incorporated the items we wanted to keep and then gave our bedroom and landing a completely new look. We are absolutely delighted with our very functional but totally luxurious rooms.
Joanne was able to source fabrics, carpets, wallpapers, lamps and mirrors etc. which really enhanced the look. I wouldn’thave known where to start and probably would have gone for high street products which lacked originality and interest. This saved me hours if not more of my time, Joanne came to the house for several visits until everything was perfect.
We are so very pleased with the end product.
Joanne, Mellor 2017
Harmony Décor recommended Jo to us and we are very glad they did! Jo was lovely to work with and made the whole process of redesigning our living room a pleasant one. Jo is a good listener and it was great as she made some of my sketchy, initial ideas of a “floral wallpaper” into a room that exceeded all my expectations. Jo helped me to come out of my colour comfort zone and introduced some colourways I would never of thought of for myself. As well as Jo’s creative input it was a relief to be able to trust Jo to source furniture and soft furnishings including the upholstering of a much loved, but very old and shabby, family chair. Jo’s idea of a bespoke footstool to match has become a welcome and very versatile addition to the room. Thanks Jo and Harmony Décor!
Linda, Davenport 2017
Having purchased two green sofas for the living room, I had spent literally hours looking for suitable wallpaper, paint, carpets and accessories, all to no avail. Jo solved this dilemma for me with colours and prints that I would not normally have considered and from establishments that were not on my usual radar. Jo has since done the same with one of the bedrooms, where the problem of a long wall and duck egg blue bedding has been dealt with effortlessly and quickly by Jo. I therefore would highly recommend to all the services that jo offers, and cannot speak too highly of her. She has a real and natural talent in the art of interior room design, my only regret being that I did not come across her sooner.
Christine, Offerton 2016
“I am delighted to recommend Jo Ibbotson to you. I warmed to her immediately and she completely understood where I was coming from. She met my brief totally and nothing was too much trouble. I am thrilled with the results. She helped with colour schemes, wallpapers, fabrics and accessories. Most of the paint and fabrics came from Harmony Decor, thanks to Lisa, and my furniture was painted by Dan from The Old Forge in Stalybridge. Now it is finished, I am loving my bedroom and dining room and the stairs and landing tie it all together beautifully. Thanks Jo, I could not have done it without you!”
Toni, Broadbottom 2015.
“We got in touch with Jo to get a helping hand with the complete redesign of an awkwardly-shaped living room / lounge. Within 30 minutes of our first client briefing Jo started to suggest some really practical solutions for how we could optimise our space and create a welcoming yet stylish family environment. Jo led us through the entire process – from inception to completion – always creative, always incisive and tactfully adept at handling our sometimes conflicting input – we’ve ended up with a living space that we are all extremely proud of. Jo’s eye for detail, her contact list and her friendly and patient approach made the project delivery straightforward and high-quality. If you are thinking of taking on a redesign in your home then we would absolutely recommend that you get in touch with Jo – you’ll end up with a space that you’ll want to live in.”
Sam and Julie, Whaley Bridge 2014.
“I decided to enlist the help of an interior designer to give my home a style makeover after watching several house and home television programs and seeing for myself what could be achieved with the right help. I located and contacted several interior designers for an initial discussion. Joanne stood out from the rest as I loved the schemes displayed on her website and she was so friendly and helpful and understood what I was looking to achieve. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Joanne and she interpreted and delivered exactly what I wanted. Joanne even sourced all the items including blinds, carpets, wallpaper, paint colour, curtains, cushions, footstools, lamps, light fittings and shades, furniture and pictures/mirrors (all to suit my budget and she even got costings to have the made to measure items made). I love my home now and feel very proud of it and there is no way I would have been able to achieve that without Joannes help. I have no hesitation in recommending Joanne for your next project and I do hope that I have reason to work with her again in the future.”
Naomi, Cheadle 2014.
“Harmony Decor recommended Jo to us when we were looking to redecorate and update our dining room. We weren’t entirely sure what kind of ‘look’ we wanted for this room and so we welcomed Jo’s suggestions. After the initial discussion, Jo then returned with samples of suitable fabrics for the blind, sofa and cushions. She also researched into lighting for us.
We found Jo to be really helpful and patient as we made our decisions. She was easy to work with and was happy to fit round our schedule, visiting us in the evening and at weekends. We are delighted with the final results and wouldn’t hesitate to use Jo again in the future.”
Ian and Andrea, Mellor 2014
“At one time I would never have imagined myself using the services of an interior designer as in the past I have always managed to put together a room myself. However when the time came to re-decorate and update our lounge I found that there was such a vast array of colours, styles, designs etc. to choose from that it was just becoming all to time consuming in our busy lives and something that was supposed to be enjoyable was becoming a chore – that was when Joanne came to the rescue! My one dread had been that someone would come into my home and tell me what I should have………thankfully this wasn’t the case. Joanne was lovely, I found her to be patient and extremely thorough, discussing our likes & dislikes which then enabled her to pull together the perfect look for our room. The end result of this is a lounge that we are absolutely thrilled with and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Joanne’s interior design service.”
Katrina, Marple Bridge 2013.
“I should like to express my grateful thanks to Joanne for all her help, patience, expertise and enthusiasm in what has been a rather lengthy redecorating programme.
Harmony Decor of Marple recommended Joanne and she helped me to pick some beautiful fabrics for my curtains and blinds and introduced me to paint colours that I would not normally have chosen, but the finished result is lovely and well worth the small cost for her services. She visited me several times bringing samples and fabric books enabling me to see them in the comfort of my own home which saved me many hours standing around looking through pattern books in the shop. She encouraged me to be more adventurous and I was able to gradually build up a colour scheme which I am delighted with and now want to carry throughout the rest of the house. Nothing was too much trouble for her and her advice has been invaluable.
I should also like to thank Harmony Decor for their recommendations and patience and a special thanks to Lynn who made the curtains and blinds and to Lee for his curtain hanging skills; I would not hesitate to recommend them all and hope to use their services again in the not too distant future.”
Elizabeth, Offerton 2013.
“Firstly, may I say it has been an absolute pleasure to have had Joanne as my interior designer. We were a little apprehensive at first as we didn’t want somebody coming in our home telling us what we needed. We couldn’t have been more wrong. Joanne arrived and listened to everything we had to say colour wise and couldn’t have been more helpful, even suggesting having the furniture upholstered which we had never considered, and what a marvellous job she has done!!!! Nothing was too much trouble. Joanne responded within the hour with e-mails and telephone calls and on one occasion we met at John Lewis. Joanne was a pleasure to work with on the redecoration of my dining room and conservatory, we wouldn’t hesitate to engage Joanne’s services in the future.”
Debbie, Bredbury 2013.
“After one visit, Joanne put together a scheme which transformed our ensuite / bedroom and saved me hours of shopping, stress and indecision. Joanne was able to interpret our preferences and style expertly by guiding us through her portfolio of colours and patterns, and within a fortnight had produced a coordinated scheme for tiles, towels, mirror, lights, bed linen, blind, curtains, cushions, throw and pictures.
I was totally delighted with the result. Stylish and modern, yet comfortable and relaxed.
The curtains and blind (beautifully made and expertly fitted ) subtly tie together all the other elements. Joanne obviously knows her way around all the different suppliers as well as her, tones, colours, textures etc. Her fee was modest and worth every penny. Highly recommended, brilliant service.
I’d recommend Joanne to anyone stressing about improving their home.”
Eden, Marple 2013.