WORK is home from home for a Morpeth entrepreneur.
Beverley Ewen had only been in post as a children’s home worker for six months when she learned she was losing her job.
But not to be down-hearted about redundancy, she decided to set up a new business from her own home.
And as well as finding a fresh vitality through her work, she is also breathing new life into old furniture.
Ms Ewen runs her Lady Be Interiors business from her garage in Stobhill, buying good-quality old furniture and transforming it into unique pieces to sell online.
The artistic entrepreneur paints the pieces with high-quality Annie Sloan chalk paint, then seals them with wax to make sure the furniture lasts for years to come.
She has always had an interest in vintage and shabby-chic furniture and believes it is better to re-use and ‘up-cycle’, rather than throwing things away.
“Too much good-quality furniture is just being thrown away when it is no longer needed. A lot of older furniture was made to a higher standard than some modern day flat-pack furniture that is sold in bulk,” she said.
“I use chalk paint as it gives a lovely distinctive and unique shabby-chic vintage look. Some furniture I buy is in need of TLC and I enhance the piece by replacing handles with vintage-style ones, or slightly adapt furniture to suit a modern purpose.”
When Ms Ewen started her business last month she had little money to invest so decided to run it from her garage through a website — www.ladybeinteriors.co.uk
However, she is already thinking of expansion with a new service where people can take their old furniture to her and have it made-over with colours of their choice, and setting up workshops to pass on her skills.
She added: “I would love to showcase my work to show how nice up-cycled furniture can be by opening my own shop and studio in the town.”