Anneliese Bates, the owner of an company that sells upcycled furniture, has taken the opportunity to present her work at a major home design exhibition.

Bates has previously put her furniture on display at a show in Ashbourne. If her talk at Grand Designs Live has a positive reception, it could influence the tastes of people who use home extensions in Cheshire.

She told the Ashbourne News Telegraph:

“I suppose that over the years I have built up a reputation for the style of work I do, but even so it was still a big surprise, not to mention an honour, when the organisers of the show recognised me and asked me talk at the event.”

Bates has confirmed that she is a major admirer of the television programme Grand Designs. As a result, she was happy to agree to do two sessions at Grand Designs Live.

The exhibition in question has been modelled on the television series shown on Channel 4. About 500 people elected to follow in the presenting footsteps of design expert Kevin McCloud.

Entrepreneur Bates has set up her own company called the Fox and Bear Studio. This project is all about empowering individuals to do their own work with used furniture.

According to Bates, many consumers want tips to produce a certain type of aesthetic in their homes. As a result, her business sells items like chalk paint and different furniture papers, while also giving advice in relation to stencils.