Let us take this opportunity to introduce you to our team here at Amy Nicholas.

Amy Hardman

Managing Director & Senior Designer

Amy started her working life in IT, as Sales and Marketing Manager for a large IT company based in Lancashire, specialising in the sales of audio visual products such as home cinemas, business conference suites and networking. After 5 years, Amy decided to launch her own Audio Visual Company with business partner Amanda Parker and Intellexa Limited was born. With formal training in Marketing, Graphic and Interior Design this formed an excellent background on which to build her interior design business. In 2005, Amy Nicholas Interior Design was launched with her now husband, Nick Hardman. Since then the business has gone from strength to strength with the opening of their first flagship showroom in Barrowford and now the launch of their online shop and new range of furniture 'Furniture by Amy'.

With a passion for mixing old with new you will find Amy’s signature style to be eclectic and exuberant yet with a timeless and classic appeal. Amy’s fervour for antiques and furniture with character and style, means there is always something exciting to be found within her designs. As an interior designer, Amy has undertaken many diverse projects such as a boutique hotel with a design brief of classic, bold and textured; Recreating period style with a slight contemporary twist in a small country cottage; Developing cutting edge contemporary style in a number of wooden styled lodges right through to a seven bedroom house in St Tropez where the requirement was for a light, airy scheme to enhance the clients beautiful collection of original artwork and antiques.

The diversity of all her projects has afforded Amy a wide range of skills and experience on which to apply to future projects. Amy also writes a monthly 'Interiors' column for LIVE Ribble Valley Magazine which is the North Wests premium lifestyle publication.

Kate Shoebridge

Studio Manager

Kate joined the team at Amy Nicholas in 2015 as Studio Manager. She is responsible for the day to day running of the business, managing the workroom and project management. After working for many years for the renowned wallpaper designer Sheila Coombes at Brian Yates, Kate gained valuable experience in how an international design business was run.

Kate has a passion for textiles having grown up in the Textile industry with her father being Sales Manager for Lonhro and her mother being Sales Manager for Brian Yates. Her knowledge of fabrics and papers is extensive and her love for different, layered textures is apparent in her luxurious and neutral schemes. Kate is a keen artist and has produced numerous pieces which now hang in many homes across the UK.

Kate’s career has also involved 6 years working in the giftware design industry where she had key input in the development and manufacture of historical giftware pieces. Kate spent her university years studying History in Canada and has also lived in Prague where she submerged herself in their vast culture and studied for her Law Diploma whilst raising her brood of 4 boys with her husband. Back in the UK now, Kate is throwing herself into the World of Interior Design and is making a huge impact at Amy Nicholas!

When not managing the office or her children, Kate enjoys running, art, sewing, is a great cook and loves History. To contact Kate please email

Kirsten MacKay

Interior Designer

Kirsten obtained a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in 1992 and then decided to pursue her real passion and retrain as an Interior Designer at Leeds College of Art. Kirsten then gained valuable experience running an Interior Design showroom in Rotherham. Here she was responsible for all aspects of the business from initial design, through to costing and even ran the work room and did fittings. This gave her in an in depth knowledge of fabric and how to use it to best effect. After relocating to Lancashire, Kirsten worked as a freelance designer before joining the Amy Nicholas team. Now with several years experience behind her and a natural passion for colour and design, Kirsten has all the necessary skills required to advise and assist you. Kirsten’s personal style leans towards the classic, with simple lines and a tailored look. She is confident with colour and has the occasional quirky whim.

Samantha Jeffrey

Junior Interior Designer

Samantha, a registered Nurse, made the decision in 2007 to retrain as an Interior Designer. She currently works part-time for Amy Nicholas assisting in the running of the shop and the administration side of the business whilst also helping out in the design room. On the days she is not working for Amy Nicholas Interior Design, Sam is a highly trained nurse specialising in Coronary Disease and Aspiratory Disease as well as being mother of 2 children and training for her Interior Design qualifications.

Jenna Woodcock

Junior Interior Designer

Jenna is currently studying for her Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Interior Design. Working one day a week for Amy Nicholas Interior Design, Jenna feels this is giving her valued experience in the day to day running of an interior design business. Jenna is a great asset to the team as her ideas are fresh and not limited by practicality. With a penchant for space and design innovation, Jenna is producing some inspirational and unique designs for both residential and commercial projects paying particular attention and emphasis on the fabrication and materials of a building.