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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, Jun 16 2015 09:29AM

I came across the wonderfully eclectic Lime Lace Interiors last year as I was researching local boutique businesses in Yorkshire offering unique and unusual accessories for the home.

In my business, Clementene Coates, I specialise in restoring and hand painting antique and vintage furniture and I’m keen to build relationships with local interior designers with a view to us working together on new and exciting design projects. Consequently, I got in touch with Sam King (link to your Linkedin profile) who is the lovely and very talented owner of Lime Lace Interiors.

I immediately clicked with Sam; partly because she has a very easy, outgoing personality, but also because she shares the same business values as I do:

* we champion bespoke, individual accessories for the home with a view to addressing the generic, mass-manufactured ones which are currently on the market;

* we embrace a range of different styles, be it cool and contemporary, or more classic, vintage and retro designs

*we work hard to create a totally unique look for our clients and aim to ensure that every step of the process is an enjoyable one for them

As well as having a boutique online store, Sam also offers an interior design service. In respect of the latter, I recently worked on a residential home design project with Sam in Great Ouseburn, North Yorkshire. Sam was employed to re-design nearly every room in the home (of which there are many!). Sam put me in contact with her client and I was subsequently commissioned to restore and paint two large antique pine wardrobes and a further, very large armoire. Sam and I worked closely with the client on colours, styles, finishes and unique touches to achieve the exact look the client wanted. The project was a resounding success and the client was thrilled with the work that we both did.

Here's a selection of photos of the pieces I worked on. The two pine wardrobes were painted with Marston & Langinger paints, whilst I used Annie Sloan chalk paints and waxes on the armoire...

Sam has a wonderfully creative eye for detail and design. She isn’t afraid to step outside of the box and test your imagination, without compromising on the balance and feel of a room. As a fellow professional she is an absolute pleasure to work with and her clients clearly love her enthusiasm and individual sense of style. I can't wait until the next time we work together!

If you have any questions about either of our work, don't hesitate to get in touch either through the contact page on my website or the contact page on Sam's website.

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