Workshops are run from my 17th Century colourful home in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales.  Located in the pretty village of Turnditch, 10 minutes from Belper, Ashbourne and Wirksworth and only 15 minutes from Derby.

Furniture upcycling (painting, decoupage, re-building) contemporary upholstery, Interior Design, Soft furnishings and not forgetting what I'm best known for.....lampshades, are all skills you can learn on one of my bespoke workshops! I have over 15 years knowledge and expertise in this field so you will gain plenty of skills and oodles of new ideas and inspiration.  Come along for a day, design and make something to be proud of as well as meeting like minded people and enjoying a spot home made lunch and plenty of cake!

Classes are kept small, with lots of one to one tuition and not only will you gain skills from me, but also the variation of projects other students are working on.

Weekend Courses are available on request and there's also a charming Holiday Cottage attached, with discounts for workshop students (please enquire). 


GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE.......a unique present idea!



Socially Creative

Are you an independent business looking for guidance with your social media? Or a creative looking to gain confidence online?

Whether you’re looking for guidance on your current social media accounts, or starting from scratch, join marketer Lucy Smithson for an interactive evening designed to give you the skills to go it alone, across the channels that are right for you. This workshop aims to strip back the jargon to provide you with creative and engaging social media solutions that work, allowing you to grow an authentic community.

Join us for a glass of fizz and cake and an opportunity to meet other small creative businesses as we explore a number of themes

  • Why social –navigating through the noise

  • Find your tribe - be part of the conversation

  • Be discovered - the joy of the hashtag

  • Image is everything – your time to shine

  • The good, the bad and the ugly - what’s going on online

When: Tuesday 8th October, 6pm – 9pm

Where: Turnditch. Derbyshire Dales.

Cost: £45pp 

Lucy has been working in the marketing industry for over 15 years’, in a variety of roles and is passionate about helping people to make authentic connections with their audience online, through the creative freedom social media offers.



2019 Dates-

25th September, 16th Oct, 12th November, 26th Nov, 10th Dec, 22nd Jan 2020, 5th Feb, 4th March.


Whether you want to upholster an old foot stall, recover and revise a lampshade and stand, use decoupage to create a quirky chest of drawers, make a roman blind or simply learn to use a sewing machine....this is the workshop for you! Lucy has endless skills and ideas to inspire you!

From decoupage, paint effects, fabric application and quirky design concepts, this workshop will give you the skills and inspiration to transform your interior product.  As well as learning many skills and techniques from Lucy you will also gain inspiration and ideas from students working on other projects.

''What a fantastic day, Lucy was so helpful and patient. She gave us a delicious lunch. I managed to finish my project and learnt so much.''

''I thoroughly enjoyed this one day upholstery course, learnt lots of different upholstery techniques as well as some sewing techniques & shortcuts. Was made to feel very welcome & homemade soup & cake was delicious. Lovely location. I will definitely be attending again & will recommend to family & friends.''

''Lucy is very welcoming and an excellent teacher. I had a brilliant day and learnt lots of new skills. Lucy made everything seem so easy. I made buttons for my footstool and piping for cushion covers. Things i always thought were too difficult. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable day with delicious homemade cake and lunch. I would definitely recommend the courses and hope to go back myself.''

Please email an image of what you hope to transform prior to the workshop, to check it is achievable in one day. This one day workshop is not suitable for large pieces of furniture (Winged back chairs, 3 piece suites!) and internal repair. 

10am-4pm. Home made lunch, tea and cake included.




2019 Dates: 10th Oct

An exciting workshop mixing practical tasks and theory- kick start your knowledge and be inspired to re-design your home. Colour theory, colour schemes, technical drawing, pattern and texture and how to create innovative mood boards are just some of what you'll learn on this inspirational day.

''Amazing day. Lots of great ideas and inspiration given in a short space of time. A very relaxed and pleasurable day given by a great tutor. The cake and soup was also very good!''

"This workshop was amazing !
I learnt so much from Lucy in just one day ... having the skills and wisdom of Lucy there but also being able to actually do the steps myself was hugely rewarding. I still can't believe how much I learnt in such a short space of time ..... oh and the cakes are pretty amazing too !
I would highly recommend anyone to enjoy this fabulous experience."

"What a FANTASTIC day yesterday. You are a superb teacher, using brilliant group work and learning techniques to enable us to understand the theory. Considering how much you had to cover in a day, knowing that it's only an introduction to interior design, we came away full of new knowledge and a few skills to help us move forward in planning our colours. We loved meeting the others on the course and it was great to hear their ideas and share some of their project thoughts. Thank you so much for all the great input, for the delicious food which you kindly made suitable for us, and for showing us your gorgeous home. We don't often do courses together but I'm so glad that we invested in this one as a couple so that we can plan with the same understanding."

10am-4pm. Home made lunch, tea and cake included.


Colour Explosion: AFRICA

11th September 2019. 10am, 4pm. £120 All materials and lunch/sweet treats included.


Colour Explosion: Africa.
Lucy Renshaw will be hosting and running this amazing one off day, focusing on colour and pattern for fashion and interiors, inspired by African fabrics.
Collaborating with Zuri Djan from Oshun, who has an extensive range of beautiful African fabrics suitable for Interiors and dress making.

The day will include pattern and texture theory, which will inspire you for Interior Design and Fashion. Make a simple smock top and some Interior products, either a lamp or cushion.
If colour and pattern makes you nervous, there will be top tips and practical tasks of how to use in subtle ways! 

Delicious vegetarian lunch and treats for the day will be provided by Ghanaian pot, beautiful food full of colour and flavor.

This is a real treat day not to be missed, get inspired, gain confidence and the food is going to be amazing!

One-to-one tuition and coaching.

£70 per hour

Tailor made coaching for all your Interior Design and Sort Furnishing needs.

Whether you need specialist help with your soft furnishing projects or confidence in your design ideas, you may just need an hour or two of tailor made tuition, without the hefty costs of paying an Interior Designer. Use your creativity and develop confidence in your style!

With 15 years experience in the industry, a Masters from the Royal College of Art and a broad range of skills- including Interior Design consultation, upholstery, colour theory, pattern and texture, embroidery, soft furnishings, space design, sewing machine skills, design and tuition, Lucy can provide you with a high level of advice and guidance for all your Interior needs.

-Meet at a fabric shop and receive guidance on pattern and texture choices. 

-Visit Lucy's home and studio to Upholster furniture with tailor made Interior Design theory to suit your home.

-Bring your Interior Design plans along to a meeting and work on ideas together.

-Coaching with mood boards and expert advise on colors and  the best places to buy discount top quality fabrics. 

-Design ideas to help you with your house and make it truly unique and add your personality.

You will go away with top tips, vast new knowledge and the inspiration to design and create for yourself! 

"I attended a 1-2-1 session with Lucy about 2 weeks ago. I couldn't have asked for a better day. My aim was to get an understanding of interior design as a novice to develop a training package for the company I work for. Lucy was fantastic from start to finish, she asked exactly what my needs were and what I wanted to achieve form the day. This was completely bespoke and tailored to what I needed. When I arrived I was greeted with coffee and cake, we then went through the agenda of the day. Ate a fabulous lunch made by Lucy and again more coffee and cake before heading to the to the decorating centre which really helped put everything I had learnt into practice. The majority of the day was learning about colour and how to use it which was great as that was exactly what I had stated I needed. 
Highly recommend the course, Lucy was amazing, down to earth and ,made me feel very welcome. The day exceeded my expectations."

"I will look at fabrics, colours, textures etc. in a totally whole new light, after a 1-2-1 with Lucy, she is very informative, and a lovely host & coach, offering tips and assistance on my tasks.
I found it so inspiring, so much so that on my return home ordered my colour wheel, interior design book and upholstery kit. I also attended Lucy's one day Upholstery course, last month which was amazing, fun and I learnt a lot. Lunch & cakes on both days, was delicious in a lovely setting in her Derbyshire home. I would definitely recommend a coaching session with Lucy as it is completely tailor made and will save me a lot of money on my future design projects!"



Thursday Evenings 7.30pm - 10pm

A fantastic and inspirational 4 week Interior Design Course.
Are you looking to re-design your home, interested in a new hobby, or simply want a bit of time to be creative....Lucy has hand picked all of her favorite parts from her 10 week at Nottingham Trent University, and put them together to make this jam packed exciting month! Colour theory, mood boards, pattern and texture concepts and lighting design are just some of what your'll learn, in the colourful surroundings and relaxed environment of Lucy's home.

"A truly amazing course and I am gutted the four weeks are over!
I was very lucky as had another 3 fantastic girls on the course with me, I felt that I'd made new friends as well as learning so much from Lucy.
The relaxed atmosphere of Lucy's home made a brilliant learning environment and I feel confident enough, after only 4 weeks, to take on my own project.
Thank you Lucy (and fellow students) for 4 great weeks!"

"Lucy stuffed so much content into our 4 weeks that it was mind blowing, yet she also gave us lots of practical activities, laced with cake and tea, so that the whole course was an absolute joy. With four of us, in Lucy's kitchen, the atmosphere was friendly and warm and she has so much to teach ! I really looked forward to the course every week; we all made so much progress with our respective designs and were sad to leave at the end. Outstanding course - I'd recommend it to anyone that wants to design and decorate a room, or anyone who wants to start to learn about interior design in a lovely relaxed environment. Thanks Lucy; can't wait to bring my own new design to life."

7.30pm-10pm 4 WEEK COURSE £160