Having qualified as a textile conservator, Lisa first came to Norfolk in 1996 from her native Australia to work for The National Trust’s Textile Conservation studio at Blickling Hall. After a very happy and informative 12 years Lisa felt a new challenge was in order and originally started Lisa Dawson Interiors with a view to creating reproduction soft furnishings for historic houses.
While the soft furnishing work quickly grew to include the design and creation of window dressings for private and commercial clients so too did the demand for interior decoration services. Lisa expanded her portfolio of skills and began taking on small refurbishment projects, which grew to whole home renovations and decorative schemes.
As the workload changed and grew the showroom also expanded to include a wider selection of fabrics, wallpapers and paints in order to support the interior decoration services. At the same time staff with new skills and expertise were recruited resulting in a diverse team with the ability to advise on one pair of curtains or the decorative scheme for an entire house. Each and every member of the team is passionate about interiors and this is evident in the work undertaken and the relationships that are fostered with clients.
Meet the team
Lisa Dawson
Founder and Director
As lead designer Lisa remains closely involved in all aspects of the business and is equally happy wielding a tape measure on a muddy building site as she is choosing stunning decorative finishes and accessories. Her work with the National Trust has left her with a love of English Country House interiors although her personal style leans more towards the simplicity of scandi and mid century modern influences. Lisa enjoys working closely with clients, ensuring that she truly understands their requirements before guiding them through every stage of their project from conception to completion.
Jane Dubinski
Showroom Manager
From helping clients pull schemes together to estimating, ordering and scheduling fitting, Jane is the lynchpin that keeps the showroom organised. She is the first line of contact with all of our suppliers and has been responsible for curating the showrooms invaluable library of fabrics, wallpaper and paint. As a trained seamstress and qualified upholsterer Jane understands all aspects of the industry.
Debbie Gooden
Head Seamstress
With over 25 years’ experience as a seamstress Debbie’s talents have proved almost limitless and visitors to Aylsham often stop and watch her in action through the floor to ceiling windows. Debbie oversees all aspects of the workroom services ensuring that all items are finished to the high standards for which Lisa Dawson Interiors has become known.
Zara Ellis
Office Manager
From managing all the accounts to ensuring everyone gets paid, Zara keeps us organised and ensures the business is running efficiently. She loves to get involved in all aspects of the business and is always ready to lend a helping hand, whether that’s hanging a pair of our beautiful curtains or serving clients in the studio.
Gemma Radley
Originally engaged to manage the showroom Gemma showed a natural flair in the workroom and after a lengthy period of training is now a highly skilled and extremely talented seamstress.
Fayanne Connelly
Interiors Advisor
After serving in the Royal Artillery Faye joined the team to assist Jane in the management of the showroom. She has since embarked on an Interior Design Diploma with KLC and with natural artistic talent Faye has an excellent eye for design.
Jaymi Scrafton
Although originally engaged to assist Christine with the accounts, as a trained tailoress Jaymi was soon moved into the workroom to be trained by Debbie. Coupled with her natural talent, Jaymi has successfully transferred her tailoring skills to soft furnishings and is a valued member of the workroom team.
Cat McLaughlin
Studio & Workroom Assistant
Cat is completely hands on in supporting both the studio and the workroom. From ensuring all our deliveries are carefully unpacked, assigned to clients and stored away safely to checking the countless metres of fabric we receive, serving clients in the studio and overseeing our famous remnant collection.