Our business started in 1979 when my father accepted a bet that he dare not take a stall on Beverley’s Saturday Market. Winning the double whisky was just the beginning.
With a love of selling, and connections in the fabric trade from time spent in Huddersfield, the gamble paid off and, after a number of years in Beverley, my family took their first shop in Newland Avenue in Hull. It was here that the soft furnishing business began and flourished.
Moving to Beverley was always in the long-term plan and, when St Mary's Arcade opened in the early 1980s, Carol Bird of Beverley was one of the first shops to open. Later, another shop was taken in the arcade and, for a while, one was run as a fashion fabric business and one as a stand-alone interiors showroom. The growth of the interiors business provided the impetus to buy the next door premises at 47 North Bar Within. In October 1993, after a six-month renovation, Carol Bird Interiors opened its doors. I returned from working at Liberty’s in London to open the new shop with my father.
Beginning on the ground floor, we restored the Georgian coaching inn to its former glory, opening our upstairs showroom, barrel vaulted cellar, curtain workroom and upholstery workshop. My mother retired and we sold the fashion fabric business to concentrate our efforts on growing Carol Bird Interiors. In 2001, my father retired, and I have continued to build on his success.
Today I employ seven staff; designers, upholsterers, seamstresses and curtain fitters. My approach has always been to offer something different. Innovation is at the heart of our business – designing our own curtain headings, pelmets, sofas and chairs. We source furniture and fabrics from all over the world, bringing the most exciting collections and displaying them in lavish settings throughout our showrooms. We have not only designed and furnished homes across the UK but also internationally, in private apartments and villas in Spain, Italy and the Caribbean. Alongside our business growth has been our utmost commitment to giving the highest level of personal service. Above all, it is this attribute that has served my business well and will continue to do so.
This website gives a flavour of what we offer. I do hope that you take the opportunity to find out more by paying us a visit.