Interior Design


Birdie has a keen interest in interior design and decoration, which has been developed and enhanced during her time training with Percy Bass and then Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler. She has been involved in an array of interior projects, many overseas, comprising of sourcing and purchasing antiques to sit within interiors.

Birdie gained a reputation as a specialist antiques dealer of continental antiques and decorative art, following her time with Colefax.  She exhibited at fairs such as the Fine Art and Antiques Fair, and the Decorative Antique Fair in London, as well as fairs in the United States. The pieces she sourced, primarily in France and Italy, all had the same simple yet sophisticated characteristics: being pale in colour and understated in form. This chic style complements both traditional and more contemporary interiors.

Birdie has now set up a shop in beautiful Burnham Market, in North Norfolk, in a converted Warehouse with perfect proportions. The scale of the building has allowed her to combine her passion for antiques and design, with a range of unusual contemporary homewares.

The homeware available in the Burnham Market shop is handpicked by Birdie and she travels far and wide to find unusual, practical and striking pieces, which are not typically found within the UK. Birdie’s travels to India have inspired and led her to commission her own designs, which include hand-block textiles, rugs, lighting and votives, which are available for sale in the shop and online.

Birdie has sourced and supplied to a wide spectrum of clients, and the shop is the perfect showcase for her understated and elegant style. The timeless design displayed in the shop means the homeware and antiques work wonderfully together and are perfect for furnishing a range of classic and contemporary properties from town and country houses to converted barns and beach houses.

In conjunction with the Burnham Market shop Birdie offers a design consultancy service. Whether for interior inspiration or for an interior design project, Birdie would be thrilled to share her knowledge of interiors and antiques with you.


Please contact Birdie Fortescue on:

Telephone: 01328 738 634