About Us

Birdie Fortescue’s eponymous interiors haven is the result of a journey that started in London in the late 1980s. Drawing on her experience as an interior designer and antiques dealer, Birdie Fortescue offers a personally curated and designed collection of unique homeware, antiques and contemporary art. Working with craftsmen and specialist artisans who she has met on her travels in Europe, Africa and India, her designs are interpreted into collections of bed and table linens, tableware, lighting, rugs and decorative accessories.

In 2014 Birdie found an old warehouse in nearby Burnham Market; as a premises, it was much larger than she’d intended. Having space to spare, Birdie decided to transform the whole into an interiors destination where antique furniture could sit alongside homeware and art. The shop soon attracted a loyal following and, with the business continuing to grow, the company moved to its current premises in Fakenham in September 2018. This location brings the shop, design studio and warehouse together under one roof, helping the team to focus on the growing online business. 

The homeware collections continue to expand with Birdie and her team constantly exploring new materials and methods. Whether taking inspiration from foreign countries, design periods from the past or even ideas closer to home, the designs are seen as modern classics appreciated by all generations in the country and city alike.

Our globally-inspired designs for homeware and soft furnishings are all created in-house at our Norfolk studio. The process starts with collections of photographs, scraps of fabric and objects from Birdie’s travels. Initial inspiration is taken from these trips and roughly sketched before being re-drafted multiple times before arriving at the final design. Drawings are then painted by hand or coloured digitally by our in-house design team and sent off to our printers, artisans and makers in India, Morocco, Turkey and beyond.

What services do you provide?

Art, Antiques, Beds & Bedding, Bespoke Furniture and Storage Solutions, Curtains & Soft Furnishings, Interior Design, Home Accessories, Lampshades, Soft Furnishings, Textiles, Outdoor Furniture, Ready to Buy Furniture, Rugs & Carpets, Textiles, Ready to Buy Lighting

How would you describe your style?

"The Birdie Fortescue style mixes traditional prints and techniques with global colour and textural inspiration. We value our skilled artisans and their talents in weaving, block printing, pottery and carpentry."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"Alongside the shop, Birdie offers an interior design consultancy service. Whether for interior inspiration or a complete design project, Birdie and her experienced team are always thrilled to share their knowledge of interiors and antiques.

After leaving Colefax, she gained a reputation as a specialist antique dealer in continental antiques exhibiting at fairs both in London and the States. Throughout her career, Birdie has undertaken both residential and commercial work in the UK and abroad.  With her knowledge of antiques, she can easily source and purchase furniture and art for her clients."