About Done up North


Done up North is an award-winning designer of Vintage Modern Furniture.

I'm Nicky, the designer behind the brand, and I create distinctive designs which aim to carefully balance the old and new to elevate them and create eye-catching statement pieces that are designed to last another lifetime.

I also work on pieces to transform their purpose and function, as well as the look, and upcycle them into more desirable pieces more suited to the contemporary lifestyle; simple, old cabinets become stunning Drinks Cabinets.

I have also taught and coached well over 1500 other aspiring upcyclers, sharing my techniques for design and refinishing hough in-person workshops and online classes and groups.  

Having studied Art and Design and Interior Design, I bring that experience to  the way I consults on my commission projects, working closely with you to design and create custom pieces to perfectly suit your style. 

My ethos is essentially to inspire everyone to consider 'doing things up' before replacing them and to inspire others to let lose their inner creative and to design homes and furniture they love.

With the items I select to re-finish and re-purpose for sale, I specifically aim to work with the pieces that would no longer be kept in circulation without upcycling or inherited pieces and I try to re-finish, repurpose and salvage as much of the original pieces as possible.

I use environmentally friendly and non-toxic products wherever possible, making each creation and the process as sustainable as possible.  

I'm delighted to have been featured in Observer Design Magazine, ELLE Decoration and Reclaim Magazine amongst others and shown work and presented demonstrations and talks at events like Clerkenwell Design Week, Grand Design Live, Decorex, The Handmade & Upcycled Fair and Living North Live.

Done up North is based in a converted Woollen Mill just outside of Leeds, where it was established almost 5 years ago, and is an Associate member of the House of Upcycling and an Ambassador for their membership of the British Institute of Interior Design.

If you'd like to talk to me about a project, I'd love to chat to you!

Nicky x

Contact me:  nicky@doneupnorth.com  or call 07786 070809


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