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Birkdale Designer Brings Catwalk Style to Southport’s Stylish New Boutique

COCO is a stylish, new fashion boutique in Lord Street’s Wayfarers Arcade, has been given a high-fashion, catwalk inspired look by local interior designer, Thelma Hughes of Stewart Interiors in Birkdale.

Thelma, a leading interior designer in the town for over 18 years, created a catwalk style interior in the Grade II listed building, complete with semi-circular changing rooms, contemporary spotlights and elegant chandeliers. Large Victorian picture frames, complete with quilted images in opulent fabrics, were also suspended in the boutique’s windows, as an eye-catching design feature to attract shoppers and provide privacy for COCO’s customers.

To add to the boutique’s exclusive feel, Thelma created a luxurious private viewing room for discerning clients to comfortably view COCO’s designer ranges, which include Dolce & Gabbana and Gina shoes and handbags.

To create the boutique’s welcoming, contemporary feel, Thelma used a taupe colour scheme, with a bold silver accent wallpaper. The high-class look was designed to complement both the exclusive image of Wayfarers Arcade, and the boutique’s high-end designer fashion ranges.

Owner of COCO boutique, Nicola Johnston, says: “Thelma was recommended to us and we were instantly on the same wavelength in what we wanted to achieve. Her designs were innovative and brilliant. I felt totally confident in letting her get on with it while I got on with other matters such as buying and stocking the shop.”

Says Thelma:“The greatest challenge was finding a way to create privacy in a shop where windows ran its entire length and stretched from ceiling to floor. The quilted picture frames were an ideal solution, as they really add the “wow” factor to the project and provide privacy for customers.”


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