How did Semper Hopkins begin?

Many years ago, I started creating furniture for my own home. I enjoyed working with an exciting variety of fabrics, quickly developing a passion for creating beautiful pieces to complete my home beautiful.

I found myself spending many an hour providing ideas for interiors or soft furnishings for family and friends. I thought to myself there is a business here? Determined to pursue my passion beyond this I started a Diploma in Professional Interior Design through the National Design Academy in Nottingham, whilst holding down a full-time job in the corporate world, and then later on enrolled onto the Ministry of Upholstery business course.

After investing in training I was able to leave my corporate job and take the necessary steps towards creating Semper Hopkins Upholstery and Interiors. At first, I started just in our family home – which as you can imagine got quite chaotic amongst all the fabric and tools! But then at the right time, we placed a bid on the gorgeous Old Kent Methodist Chapel which is right next to our home, and we won what is now our wonderful workshop.

With the help and support of all my family, we started the process of obtaining planning permission to transform the chapel into a workshop studio for Semper Hopkins Upholstery and Interiors. Once planning permission was successfully granted, the renovation of our future business premises began with my long suffering dad being in charge of sympathetically restoring the chapel, in which he has spent many a painstaking hour, in preparation for opening The transformation of the premises is testament to his hard work and dedication to the business and of course his enduring love for me.

Dad hasn’t just helped with the transformation of the workshop though; he is the other half of the team and creates many of the stunning pieces of furniture.

How have we changed over the years?

Since first starting, we have changed and adapted our business. At first, we started out making soft furnishings and creating new pieces out of reclaimed materials, and then introduced custom made furniture as one of our services. But as the business grew, we started thinking, wouldn’t it be great if we could teach people what we knew? Similar to how I learnt actually…

So, in 2019, we introduced our first Upholstery Workshop… ourselves and the clients loved it… so we decided to do more! Since then, we have introduced brand new workshops for different styles of furniture and it has become one of our main services which we offer. We now teach clients how to make storage crates, stools, footstools and benches! I love being able to teach others a passion of mine- it reminds me of many years ago when I was starting out myself…

If you would like to find out more about us and our journey, visit our Blogs page, where you can read various articles on what we have been up to recently!

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