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GIVING A NEW LEASE OF LIFE

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By Clementene Coates, Jan 7 2016 09:57PM

What a truly wonderful year 2015 was. A couple of years ago I’d never have imagined that I’d leave my legal career behind me to pursue my passion for restoring and painting furniture.


This time last year I had just launched my website and online shop and was about to sell my first piece of furniture. The thought of leaving a career you know so well to start a completely new one can be an extremely daunting one. I made the leap and I haven’t looked back. Not once.


There’s no denying that starting a business from scratch has its challenges, but that’s part and parcel of the journey. And what a journey I’ve had so far!


Of course I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing family and friends. In particular I want to thank my fiancé Pete, whose constant support, encouragement, advice (and technical wizardry!) I shall never forget.


I also want to thank my clients who’ve bought my furniture and trusted me to paint their own. Each and every one of you have been an absolute pleasure to work with and I’m overjoyed by your feedback. Last but not least I thank all of the lovely strangers who’ve taken the time to follow my work and who’ve been so generous with their kind comments.


So, to celebrate my first official year as Clementene Coates, I thought I’d take a little look back at some of my most memorable moments of 2015…


* I sold my first piece of furniture, a pretty black and grey bureau I named Beau. And then I sold some more…


* I was commissioned to restore and paint an array of beautiful furniture here in Yorkshire, in the South and as far afield as Scotland…


* I was invited to 10 Downing Street by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to showcase my work to Lord Young, James Caan and the PM himself…



* My business featured in The Yorkshire Post, The Telegraph &Argus and Yorkshire Living Magazine…



* I worked on a fabulous collaboration project with the very talented daughter and mother duo, Stephanie & Michelle Witts of Witts Design


* I collaborated with gifted interior designer, Vanessa Rhodes and Turnpost Four Poster Beds and our work was exhibited at Decorex International in London


* I was asked to be a Features Writer for Country Living Magazine and Reloved Magazine


* And, at long last I got to meet one of my idols, Annie Sloan, THE world's most respected expert in decorative paint, colours and techniques...


For more information about me, my other features and my hand painted furniture business visit my website www.clementenecoates.co.uk and get in touch.


By Clementene Coates, Aug 19 2015 05:00PM

I’m very excited to be teaming up with the eminently talented textile design and screen printing mother and daughter duo, Michelle and Stephanie Witts of Witts Design.




I was very flattered to be approached by Michelle and Stephanie to work on this unique project with them. They’d seen my work at the Country Living Spring Fair earlier on this year when they were exhibitors and I was a guest painter and speaker.


Together we’ll be showcasing our individual skills and talents in an exciting collaboration where we work closely together to upcycle, restore, hand paint and reupholster this beautiful pair of antique chairs.




a little bit about Witts Design…


Like me, they’re a relatively young business, but already they’re making big waves in the world of bespoke textile design. I just love their beautiful, cutting edge and contemporary fabrics, which ooze individuality and charm.



the collaboration…


Together, they came up with the fabulous idea of our two businesses working on a project together. They got in touch with me, I loved what they had to say, I adore their work and I couldn’t wait to get on board! Here's a sketch of the chairs I did, with my ideas for paint colours alongside some samples of fabric...



As a specialist furniture painter who strives to create unique pieces, I knew our designs and work ethos would mesh together perfectly and I’m very excited at the prospect of what this collaboration could lead to and the doors it could open for both of our businesses.


upcoming exhibitions…


Over the coming months we’ll be showcasing the chairs and lamp at a series of shows. The first of which is Kirsty Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace in London between the 19th – 21st September. So, if you’re in the area do stop by and say “hello”



let us create your very own bespoke furniture…


We’re also delighted to confirm that you can purchase the chairs and the lamp at The Handmade Fair. Alternatively, if you’d like us to create your very own completely bespoke hand painted and reupholstered furniture, just get in touch.

If you want to know more about Witts Design, take a look at their website. Likewise, if you want to know more about me and the furniture I transform, just visit my website.


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