Here at Steve Lively we are very proud to have a strong team of professional craftsmen, with a passion for beautiful interiors. Every day our artisan painters and decorators get welcomed into somebody’s home in order to improve or revamp it. It’s a rewarding job seeing homeowners so happy with our work!
We thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce one of our artisans who is part of our core team. Read why our workers love this industry and get an insight into a day in the life of our painters and decorators.
Name and job title:
Christophe Tharaud, Project Manager
Winchester, but originally from Toulouse, France.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR THE COMPANY?
I have been working with Stevie for around four years now.
WHAT MADE YOU BECOME A PAINTER AND DECORATOR?
Ha!…that’s a funny thing….nothing made me I just fell into it you know, as many people fall into their professions. As a child my Father would take me with him to work on his various Chateaux in the area. He showed me how things were built and put together but I always had an eye on the decor and finishing you know – and it all started from there.
WHY DID YOU WANT TO WORK FOR THE STEVE LIVELY TEAM?
I met Stevie whilst working on a beautiful barn conversion in a small town called Petworth. We got talking about paint finishes and the rest is history!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BRAND OF PAINT AND PAPER?
Oh my, that is impossible….I’ve been working a lot with Farrow & Ball which is well known here in the UK. Also Francesca’s paints which is owned by a lovely Italian Lady in Lavender Hill London is also one of my favourites. When it comes to quality papers, I am in love completely with Smith & Fellows and Cole & Son are also a premium brand. Zoffany is a good all round paper too….so many good wallpapers to choose from, it’s a difficult question!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MAKEOVER?
So far here it was actually a one off new build for a famous tennis player(who we can’t name). Even though it was new and we usually work with period properties, her designer was inspired and we worked so well together. Lots of fresh and exciting colours all over the property…it was wonderful to be a part of the creative team on this project.
ANY TOP TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS?
Not really…that’s why you ask us to come to you!!
If you’d like to give your property a décor transformation, take advantage of our skills. Get in touch and Christophe or another of our project managers will discuss your makeover and arrange a suitable time to visit your home.