About Vanilla Bay

I am Karen Carpenter-Nichols, a designer who has been helping people to love their homes for over 30 years. Creating personal, luxurious spaces for my clients is my passion. I’m dedicated to keeping up to date with current design trends and attend the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre four times a year as well as any other interior design conferences and events I can get to.

It can be frustrating trying to design your home yourself, but I can help! Each commission large and small, is approached with the same level of professional integrity and flair. Together, we can achieve bespoke and luxurious on a budget. My extensive experience coupled with your personal input will mean you can’t wait to get home.

Highly recommended in local area and with strong supplier relations, I can innovatively design rooms and curtains to suit all style, whether residential or commercial.

I work primarily in and around the North East, on projects that range from small intimate spaces to large renovation and refurbishment projects. I have worked on:

  • Homes
  • Hotels
  • Holiday cottages
  • Fitness/health farm
  • Stately homes
I would like to thank Karen and her team – they were a pleasure to work with. I was delighted with the end result and it all came in on budget.
Paula Forrest, Barforth Hall Fit Farm
Vanilla Bay interior design, interior design services in the North East