Show Home Style Secrets

Show Home Style Secrets

Jeanette Holmes is one of the most successful show home designers in the business, but she could easily have been a psychologist.

She combines character analysis with interior know-how on every job she undertakes for Miller Homes. One of the best examples of this is the show home at the Quercus Green development in HarrogateThe sensational décor began with an imaginary family and an Emma Bridgewater teapot.

Emma Bridgewater crockery was the starting point for the interiors scheme

“I got together with the Miller Homes area sales manager, Jan, to brainstorm who we thought the buyers might be. We decided they would be a couple with an older boy, a little girl and two Labradors,” says Jeanette.

“When it came to the interiors and the lifestyle we wanted to create, the first thing Jan said was ‘Emma Bridgewater spotty teapot’ and that’s when I started sketching the design.”

The show home dining table is now resplendent with Bridgewater pottery and there are fashionable plantation shutters at the windows – a big hit with those viewing the property. The imaginary “Labs” were also treated to an Emma Bridgewater dog bowl, which is in the utility room with some aspirational Hunter wellies.

The sitting room boasts bespoke Chesterfield sofas

The development was named after a Quercus oak on the site and Jeanette incorporated the tree theme in the house with oak furniture and woods wallpaper by Cole and Son in the hallway, which adds wow factor. She also used Oak Apple paint by Fired Earth, which gives a subtle grey/green colour in the utility room. The sitting room, pictured above, features bespoke Chesterfield sofas made by her own company, JH Interiors.

The artist's studio

Jeanette’s imaginary family has a work-at-home mum who is an artist so she created an artist’s studio for her which includes shabby chic furniture and vintage finds.

The Tour de Yorkshire cycle race inspired this room

Jeanette designed this bedroom in honour of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race. The distressed wallpaper is Atlantis by Andrew Martin and the bed is by Loaf. Accessories came from a variety of high street stores.

The restful master bedroom

The master bedroom is designed as a retreat for mum and dad. The gorgeous Antoinette bed is by Loaf and, if you fancy saving up for one, it costs £895. The bedding is by Dorma for Dunelm. Jeanette wrote the romantic quote above the bed and created it with stick-on letters. The cushions and curtains were made by JH Interiors from Clarke and Clarke’s Global Looks collection.

A room designed for a dog lover

This bedroom was designed for a “dog-mad little girl” and is Jeanette’s favourite part of the show home. It features “Best in Show” wallpaper by Osborne and Little, a headboard upholstered in wool fabric by Bronte, travelling trunks for bedside tables and cushions from Harrogate interiors store Just So. The pooch-related ephemera is from Dunelm and Next. The framed poster is from All Posters.


Get The Look

Sourcing: Buyers often ask how they can copy Jeanette’s show home style. She helps by sourcing the items she buys from trade suppliers and points them in the direction of the online and high street retailers she uses.

They include: 

TK Maxx 


White Company 

She has also found some great bargains at George Home at Asda, Dunelm and Matalan. Some of her favourite fabrics are from British textile manufacturer Clarke and Clarke.

The show house at Quercus Green

For more details on Quercus Green, Harrogate, where prices start at £365,000, visit

Article provided by Sharon Dale, property and interiors journalist and lifestyle bloggerShe has a passion for architecture, design, vintage furniture and Angie Lewin prints.


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