Style hero

Lisa Broad has a love of colour that re­veals it­self in her home and in her de­sign choices as the head of buy­ing for Har­veys

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Meet Lisa Broad of Har­veys

Lisa has worked for Har­veys for seven years, most re­cently with Louise Red­knapp to cre­ate a new fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion, Bold, that launches this sea­son. She lives with her hus­band, David, in Es­sex.

Colour, style and tex­ture con­nect spa­ces.

Even though each room has its in­di­vid­ual pur­pose and vari­a­tions, there should be a flow of colour and tex­ture. I used to plan in­te­ri­ors room by room, but now I like to plan the whole over­all feel of a home.

You can go too far with colour!

I once thought it was a good idea to paint a wall in the bath­room of my first flat bub­blegum pink – it wasn’t my finest mo­ment, but at least it brought a pop of colour and fun to the win­dow­less room!

Since buy­ing our house a cou­ple of years ago,

David and I have painstak­ingly trans­formed it. We’ve taken floors back to the dirt, stripped walls back to the brick, moved ceil­ings and walls to max­imise space, while re­tain­ing its fea­tures. It was hard work but to­tally worth it.

Richly coloured fur­ni­ture and deep colours

on the walls makes a room feel re­ally cosy. Our rooms have a mix of deep and moody colours,

and our favourite shade is Far­row & Ball’s Rail­ings, a soft blue-black, which we’ve used through­out.

Even our kitchen units are blue-black.

It’s an open-plan room with Shaker cab­i­nets in the same shade. It’s all bro­ken up by crisp and clean-look­ing off-white Sile­stone work­tops. Kitchens are such a mas­sive part of our lives, they give me a lot of in­spi­ra­tion. I love coun­try-ca­sual style, com­bined with a darker, more in­dus­trial edge.

We’ve used the most colour in our sit­ting room.

It has Rail­ings on the walls, ac­cent chairs in mus­tard and green and a gold Ch­ester­field sofa (the Winslet from Har­veys is sim­i­lar). I love it be­cause it’s so big – David and I are both tall, but we can both fit on it com­fort­ably at the same time, so it’s our place to re­lax to­gether.

I try to squeeze in as much up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture as I can.

In the sit­ting room, ev­ery­thing’s fo­cused around the fire­place, with two ot­tomans that dou­ble as cof­fee ta­bles. We of­ten have fam­ily here, so we have to have loads of seat­ing! Our snug has a this­tle-coloured wool sofa, a rich berry-vel­vet ot­toman and a tan leather chair.

I of­ten get asked how Har­veys fur­ni­ture is made.

Peo­ple as­sume it is put to­gether by ma­chines, but each piece is hand made. We de­sign and make all of our up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture in the UK. And I couldn’t live with­out our Be­spoke Heir­loom mattress from Ben­sons for Beds (Har­veys’ sis­ter com­pany). It was a night­mare to get it up­stairs, but it was worth it thanks to the squishy com­fort it gives night af­ter night!

As you col­lect things, they can evolve with your style

to cre­ate some­thing dif­fer­ent. It’s pos­si­ble to make some­thing per­sonal, re­gard­less of bud­get. I’m for­ever gath­er­ing ideas for my home, but that means I’m al­ways want­ing to change colours, rearrange fur­ni­ture and add some­thing new!

WHAT I’VE LEARNED

“Never be afraid to buy loads of paint tester pots! It’s far cheaper than be­ing dis­ap­pointed when you’ve spent lots of money on the wrong paint.”

SIT­TING PRETTY Linc three-seater sofa in Zinc, £899, Har­veys. Buy now with OWNABLE

BIT ON THE SIDE De­stro sofa ta­ble, £99, Har­veys. Buy now with OWNABLE

TAKE YOUR SEAT Ro­mano ex­tend­ing din­ing ta­ble with six Al­cora chairs, £1,049, Har­veys. Buy now with OWNABLE

CLEVER STOR­AGE ‘Hav­ing a kitchen is­land al­lows me to have no wall units as I pre­fer to keep ev­ery­thing sim­ple and at one level’

clas­sic CAB­I­NETS Lisa is a big fan of de­vol’s kitchens, such as the Clas­sic English, from £25,000. Buy now with OWNABLE

‘I LOVE NEW YORK’S RED BRICK BUILD­INGS AND BLACK WIN­DOW FRAMES’

IN THE ROUNDFir­bank mir­rors, £99 for two, Har­vey’s. Buy now with OWNABLE

SU­PER SMART Roo­sevelt love seat in Dark Olive leather, £1,285, Har­veys. Buy now with OWNABLE

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