About Averil

AverilHaving established her design career in London working for Nina Campbell, Averil then founded her own interior design practice working between London and the North of England. Recent projects include a 5-bedroom house in South Kensington, a 25-Bedroom boutique hotel in Harrogate, and the conversion of a derelict farm into an 11-bedroom guest lodge in the North York Moors National Park. Averil puts an emphasis on the function and experience of a space, creating schemes that are simultaneously classic and current, often with a dash of English wit. Throughout her work there is a sense of quiet grandeur with a constant underlying emphasis of homely comfort.

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”

Coco Chanel


Having achieved a BA in History of Art from University College London I realised that although I thoroughly enjoyed the course I wanted to follow a more creative career. I have always had a keen interest in interior design, probably as a result of growing up in the midst of a constant cycle of “projects” and therefore the move to interior design seemed a natural progression. I therefore made the move to study at the highly regarded KLC School of Design in London’s Chelsea Harbour where I achieved their full-time Diploma in Interior Design. On completing my design qualification I spent the first four years of my interior design career working in London for the internationally respected Nina Campbell.

Whilst working at Nina Campbell Ltd I was privileged to work both nationally and internationally on some very interesting projects. Although I am fortunate to have worked on some exciting commercial projects that I am able to discuss several of my previous projects have been residential, I feel that it is important to respect client confidentiality and therefore there are several projects I have worked on that I am not able to discuss in detail. When working on residential properties I relish the opportunity to be able to help clients create a home that they not only love but that enables the space to work for them to its full potential.

I feel that the essence of good interior design is to not only reflect both the owner and the setting, but also to function well for the client’s individual requirements; be that a comfortable homely space for the family to relax in or formal entertaining space which allows the client to be the perfect host. I also believe that it is important, especially for more traditional properties, for the space to feel as though it has evolved through generations into something that has heritage but is also appropriate for today. I enjoy working in the interior design industry as it is such a well-rounded vocation and I love discovering new ideas and being able to meet and work with a wide range of interesting suppliers and craftsmen.

Outside of interior design I keep involved in the equestrian world and own several horses with my husband Jamie Gornall who is an international show jumper. I also have three miniature dachshunds, who can often be seen with me in the office. I have a keen interest in art and fashion and find that these can be useful sources of inspiration for interiors, and also love visiting antiques shops and fairs not only to find both quirky and individual pieces for clients but also to get inspiration for bespoke commissions.