We are experts at creating beautiful places, so that you can live your best life at home. 

A life-long infatuation with art and interiors led our founder Bess away from a successful career as a solicitor to train in interior design  in 2010.  She quickly established herself as one of the leading designers in the region - having designed hundreds of rooms for clients in and around Yorkshire, Bess has won multiple industry and community Design Awards for her work.  Her expertise is frequently referenced by national press and she also been commissioned to design for BBC One.

Bess is one of only a handful of interior designers in Yorkshire who meets the highest standard for interior designers in the UK, as set by the British Institute for Interior Designers


If I didn't understand who I'm designing for, I'd only be designing for myself

Bess is passionate about putting our clients at the heart of their design experience.  She looks to deliver design that not only 'looks better', but actually helps you to 'live better'.


To achieve this Bess spends time getting to know you, how you live and what makes you tick.  Finding out where the kids kick off their muddy boots, who watches the most telly or how often you like to entertain allows Bess to create a home that works for you in ways you never imagined possible. Immersing herself in your world from the outset establishes a close, enjoyable and fun working relationship that continues from the start of your project, through to completion. 



Our capable studio team supports Bess in the design and delivery of each project to ensure that you are well looked after whilst we transform your home or business.  Accuracy, foresight and our friendly, can-do approach to your project are all part of the Sturman & Co. design service, so you can concentrate on the excitement of watching your beautiful home unfold.

Holley Spiers

Studio Manager

Holley (yes, where did that 'E' come from?) has a high calibre corporate background in delivering exceptional client care and project management. She is on hand as your first point of contact from the start to finish of each project and will keep you updated on progress at every turn.

Claire has a degree in Architecture from Glasgow School of Art and having moved over from the dark side, she joined the team in 2018 to train as an interior designer.  Working with Bess on your designs, she will magic space out of nowhere and ensure every finer detail in your design is taken care of.

Molly Smith

Design Assistant


Molly graduated from Manchester School of Art with a Degree in Interior Design and has recently joined Sturman & Co. as our Design Assistant after completing a summer internship.  Molly's keen eye for detail and technical wizardry with CAD makes her a valuable support on your designs as she completes her training to become a fully-fledged interior designer. 

Claire Hargreaves 

Junior Designer

Laura Hitchcock

Project Co-Ordinator

Laura's role is to power our projects through to a perfect completion and her attention to detail is second to none.  She is a talented artist and has been part of the team since 2019.

Grace Clarke

Finance Manager

Grace lives in Ilkley and has an amazing international background in Audit.   She works part-time with us and is our very own spreadsheet formula heroine, which comes in very handy.

Princess Leia

Team Dog

Leia can often be found peering out of the studio window.  She is a calming influence and we highly recommend popping in to hear her say "woof-woof".



We are proud to have our new studio up and running on Wells Road, Ilkley. We have worked hard to create a welcoming and inspiring environment where we can produce great work in collaboration with our trusted suppliers and contractors.  We welcome our lovely clients to pop in for a coffee and a catch-up on your project.


Getting the right vibe for the studio was essential.  Bess selected soft earth-based tones contrasted with darker shades alongside bespoke handcrafted furniture, all designed by Bess and the team to create a unique space. 

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