Renowned designer George Bond joins North East Life
PUBLISHED: 00:16 20 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:18 20 February 2013
Internationally-known interior designer George Bond joins us as our regular design expert, bringing interior design to life with his unique flair for colours, textures and the latest trends
George Bonds skills - as well as his face - are well-known. His ability to mix classical styles with contemporary fashions appeals not only to the most discerning of home owners, but also to those who are complete beginners looking for easy-to-follow advice and tips.
Many will already recognise George, who was the resident designer on ITVs Better Homes, a show hosted by his good friend, Carol Vorderman.
His beautiful makeovers and natural charm in front of the cameras made him a household name for the many millions who tuned in each week. In more recent times George has played consultative roles on a range of TV shows and major design fairs, including Channel 4s popular Grand Designs and the Ideal Home Show in London.
George was born in Newcastle, from where his father hailed. Early years were spent in Newcastle and York, where his mother was born, but then they settled in the North East.
He says: Although I havent always lived here, I am proud to call myself a Geordie lad.
George started his creative career working for fabric and wallpaper designers but soon realised his interior talents were capable of being utilised beyond wall coverings.
However he admits it was a fantastic grounding. I gained first-hand experience at the sharp end of the home interiors industry.
Since then, his career, spanning more than three decades, has seen him working extensively throughout the UK, the United States and worldwide.
From his Jesmond base in Newcastle, George leads his team at Brandling Park Interior Design. His work is now in hot demand from private clients, as well as major corporate clients, hotels, restaurant and bars looking to create the wow factor in their own premises.
George believes that our home is an expression of ourselves and our lifestyles.
George says: Whether it be a slick apartment or a grand country home, you can find materials, designs, colours and textures for any style.
By using the space that a home provides and designing it around the occupant, I have no doubt that we can all create our ideal home, given the right encouragement and guidance.
George has strong ideas and prides himself on the philosophy that a home should be both a practical base and a relaxing haven.
Crafting the perfect home will be possible for even the most uncreative among us, using the latest fashions, products and styles - and Georges expert knowledge.
Watch out for Georges first feature in Januarys North East Life, when hell be describing his own home in Jesmond in Newcastle, talking about its history, and offering tips on that classical look.