In Your Bag

What’s in your hand­bag? In­te­rior de­signer Col­lette Han­lon’s bag com­bines beauty must haves with tool box essentials

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Col­lette Han­lon of Home Stagers re­veals her se­crets

SHE SPENDS her days trans­form­ing prop­er­ties into stun­ning, de­sir­able dream homes – but, says Col­lette Han­lon who runs Home Stagers in Nor­wich, her job isn’t al­ways as glam­orous as it sounds.

“My hand­bag is less glam­our, more tool­kit. It also weighs a ton – last week it was a whop­ping 4kg,” she laughs. “I am not sure whether I should ad­mit to this but I also have my own ‘hand­bag ham­mer’ which is great for putting up art”.

Col­lette started out as a fran­chisee of Home Stagers, be­fore tak­ing over the com­pany with her busi­ness part­ner. For the past year, she has been the sole owner.

“I went to art col­lege, so had a cre­ative back­ground, and had worked as a dis­play man­ager at Deben­hams for 18 years. My hus­band and I had also dab­bled in prop­erty de­vel­op­ing so I think all these things came to­gether and I de­cided to re­train as an in­te­rior de­signer.”

Home Stagers works closely with prop­erty de­vel­op­ers, home­own­ers and es­tate agents to turn empty prop­er­ties into stun­ning show homes ready for the mar­ket.

“I love my job as no two days are the same. I have just been work­ing on a Ge­or­gian prop­erty in Suf­folk, while also work­ing on two mews houses in Bel­gravia in Lon­don. But I also do a lot of prop­er­ties in north Nor­folk, in par­tic­u­lar coastal houses and barn con­ver­sions. Of­ten I am cre­at­ing an in­te­rior look for a prop­erty which is be­ing ren­o­vated and read­ied for sale which will be mar­keted not just lo­cally but glob­ally.”

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