In my Bag

In­te­rior de­signer PAULA GUNDRY shares her hand­bag se­crets – and why she al­ways car­ries two phones!

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In­te­rior de­signer Paula Gundry opens her bag

HAV­ING spent 15 years man­ag­ing an es­tate of 70 pubs, Paula Gundry’s role as op­er­a­tions man­ager im­mersed her in all ar­eas of the busi­nesses – in­clud­ing ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment projects.

At the age of 21, she had al­ready taken on her first ma­jor prop­erty de­vel­op­ment and that, com­bined with her com­mer­cial ex­pe­ri­ence in the pub trade, in­spired her to set up her own in­te­rior de­sign busi­ness.

“My father was a brick­layer so as a lit­tle girl I used to sit and study the plans he used to bring home from work. Clearly prop­erty is very much in the genes and I grew and de­vel­oped my skills over the years.”

She opened her first shop in 2013 be­fore mov­ing to the new Westle­gate shop last year combining her com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m very for­tu­nate to have cre­ated a busi­ness which I’m still pas­sion­ate about, meet­ing some lovely clients and work­ing in all types of homes, from manor houses to cot­tages and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

“A key part of my role is to lis­ten and help clients work out what they would like to achieve. I think peo­ple feel a lit­tle bit more re­laxed com­ing into the shop. They can ask us ques­tions and they can also de­cide whether or not we are for them. They can also get some ideas from the soft fur­nish­ings, fur­ni­ture and fin­ish­ings we have in store.”

Paula, who moved from New­cas­tle to Nor­folk 15 years ago, says she loves liv­ing in the county.

“I am quite out­doorsy and sporty so I love that there are so many places to go run­ning or for a walk. It re­ally is a fab­u­lous en­vi­ron­ment to live and work in.”

Westle­gate, Nor­wich NR1, 01603 628007, www.paula­gundry­in­te­ri­ors.co.uk

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