Jill Eilbeck

Interior designer

I always remember moving my bedroom furniture around as a teenager creating new layouts depending on what season it was or just to experiment with how things looked. I suppose I have been interested in interiors for as long as I can remember and am fascinated as to how they can create a mood and make a really positive impact on your life.

I left Northern Ireland in 1998 to study Interior Design at Edinburgh College of Art. I fell in love with this stunning city and my future husband. This is now home to us, our 2 cats Mick & Keef and our daughter Amber Wren, a recent arrival.

I have been working at Jeffreys ever since we opened our Stockbridge studio over a decade ago and have really enjoyed the journey so far. The business has seriously evolved over the years and it is exciting to see where the future will take it. Each day is a real adventure here, no two days are the same which is one of the reasons I truly love it.

 

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CHALLENGING PROJECTS

I worked in Shanghai before I came to Jeffreys interiors. It was such an experience working with a large team of local people and it is amazing how you can communicate through actions and gestures when you can’t speak the language.  I think interior design is a language of its own which can be interpreted in so many ways.

At Jeffreys I have been fortunate to work on some amazing projects ranging, from show homes for many developers, hotels, bars and of course residential, my favourite. Show homes can be challenging as you aren’t designing for an individual, but for everyone. They take a huge amount of organisation and planning and timescales are usually tight. One of my favourite showhome projects at Trinity Park was featured in The Andrew Martin Review book which was such an honour.


Inspiration

FAVOURITE PLACE

This has to be the iconic Algonquin Hotel in New York, 59 West 44th Street. They have had a resident cat since 1923, Matilda being the current feline who greets you at reception.

The interiors are also stunning, due to the genius work of Alexandria Champalimaud. The Blue Bar is definitely worth a visit to sample a cocktail or two.

 

FAVOURITE OBJECT

This has to be anything from Porta Romana. I just find myself in a happy place when in their showroom surrounded by the most exquisite lamps and furniture. The detail and finish is pure perfection and each piece is just like a piece of priceless sculpture.

In particular I love the humour that they inject to some of their pieces (humour in interiors is a must) like the Duck feet lamp which was inspired by a Dior grey ostrich dress. Apparently they are only owned by fabulous people!

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