AN award-winning Cheshire interior design business is opening its first studio in a Cheshire village.

Lewis Knox, which was established by Simon and Helen Knox four years ago, has been working with the Barnston Estate to transform Top Farm in Farndon.

Due to open in May, the studio will be the new headquarters for the company. The 160sq m of design studio will include an interiors showroom to showcase artisan British-made products.

These will include products made by a small family-run furniture makers, a local pottery studio in Malpas, a soy candle company, artists from Cheshire, throws and rugs from recycled plastic bottles as well as bespoke cushions made within five miles of the studio.

Customers will also be able to browse wallpapers and fabric as well as a carefully curated selection of lamps and lighting.

Lewis Knox, a Northern Design Award Winner, works with residential and commercial clients across Cheshire, Lancashire, North Wales and London.

Helen said: “I grew up in Farndon – my parents are dairy farmers in the area and my brother has just taken over its running – and my family’s connection with the Barnston Estate goes back many years.

“It’s a lovely village and Simon and I are really excited to be opening our first studio here.

“We are a team of five who have all been working from home on some amazing projects across the region since we launched.

“We wanted our own premises to be full of character and a little bit different to blend in with what we do for a living. Top Farm is a lovely building in a rural setting and the Barnston family are great supporters of new businesses.

“Wherever possible we will be championing the work of UK and small family run companies to support our small British business ethos and local artisan makers and designers.”

Estate manager Edward Barnston said: “We’re delighted that Helen and Simon have chosen Top Farm in Farndon for their new studio. We wish them continued success with their business.”

The Barnston Estate is one of Cheshire’s oldest family estates and was recently announced as the runner-up in this year’s Rural Business Awards.

The private estate consists of 1,800 acres in and around the villages of Farndon, Churton and Hapsford in rural Cheshire.