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
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