Amanda Pickett, is the creative behind Picketts House and Clarke Pickett like her father before her Amanda has an undeniable talent for Art & Design. Having worked from a very early age at her parents Antique & Restoration Shop/Workshops, growing up in the foothills of Perthshire, was a kind of magical experience she recalls.
"We would ride our horse's into the Kitchen of the Farmhouse and Mum would ask us to go the workshop to tell Dad that some friend was up from London to see him. We thought this was how everyone's family life was played out, but now realise this to be a very unuusal and Bohemian kind of Life we lived out at the Farmhouse. The characters that would pass through, always very colourful souls which I likened our life to be a kind of Circus, Lots of Laughing/ We woud always have guests staying from all over the world, helping in the business, studying locally or helping my parents look after us kids."
Her Father was a very accomplished Artist from a very young age, " Dad had a handfull of customers, whilst growing up where he would sell his paintings of mainly English Country Scenes for pocket money, he was around Fourteen years old. He then discovered the Guitar and he and his friends from School formed a Band. They had some early success and went on to win a battle of the bands competition and were heavilly infuenced by the likes of The Who, BB King and the Animals, after meeting's on the Dean Street/Cromwellian Music scene of the 60's." Artistic Pedigree is in the Blood!
"He followed his path and went back to being an Artist, drawing illustrations and sketching, but after meeting my Mother and after a few years found his way into the Antiques Trade. However the funny thing is without really knowing it, being a multi talendted artisan was always mapped out for him I guess, it was in our blood all the way back to Artsisans of the Day, time and time again, through all the Centuries almost a Thousand Years Ago and beyond."
"Growing up I was always very interested in the Arts." Excellng in Art and Design it was here Amanda honed her skills and craft, desiging and sketching from all the Old Antique & Design Furniture Books in her late father's vast library. I would often find myself skecthing Thomas Hope or Chippendale while the other girls at school were still drawing dress and skirt designs." It would seem that growing up with an innate eye for detail, proportion and scale was always the talk with her father in the workshop and around the dinner table, I guess it was my destiny to follow him in Arts World.
."Simply, I love beautiful things and to create a space together with cleints and proffesionals with a design brief and style that realises someone else's vision, is a very rewarding experience." It is trully what motivates me to get out and find the unique perfect piece for a client." Amanda is equally at home working closely with Hand Crafted Designers and Suppliers from all around the world to realise a clients vision.
After reaching the tender of age of Seventeen, Amanda was sent to study in York developiing her skills and craft with all aspetcs of Antique Furniture Design, Interiors and Period Conservation. "I returned to Perthsire with a more technical knowledge base to continue working in the family business mainly in traditonal antiques and restoration. After great support from my parents I decided the time was right for me to start my own Business. We converted a little Farm Steading into a Retail Space. We created a great network of suppliers and collaborators in the Arts World, that are still friends to this day."
Amanda has a strong focus on design, a great knowledge base and skills of masters past. Having now worked with some of the top Interior Designers, Antique Deralers, Private Clients, Heritage Trusts and National Galleries, in the UK and abroad. Amanda is a highlly skilled proffesional, that can help realise Dreams and Visions, She can create Both Contemporary Timeless Interiors or Traditional Elegant Faded Granduer, created from Love to last.
Amanda is very laid back and level headed individual and is happy working independently or with other designers and proffessionals. "If it's simply the souricing and placing unique one off Decorative Objects, Buying Assistance, Advice for Country House Project's that requires Period Antiques or Fittting out a New Restaurant or Shop Premises, you can be assured she will give you her utmost attention and professionalism
Clarke Pickett English & Scottish Country House Specialists and have worked closely with Heritable Trusts, Scottish National Trust, Musuems, and Arts Centres on various projects throughout the U.K.
Please email Amanda on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details