WHO IS V A HERITAGE?
V A Heritage was born out of Alexis Nicolaidis's love of period and listed buildings. There is something special about a property that was built in a generation when we took our time. Buildings that were built to last, built to reflect the style made popular by the current King or Queen or created under the influences of travelling to Europe and beyond or created by innovation. Where boundaries were pushed and detailing was applied quite literally from floor to ceiling. That is not to say there is not a place for new builds, but we firmly believe the influences of the past can and should creep into the present. We love to blend traditional pieces, whether that is adding ornate ceiling coving, pieces of antique furniture or a classic roll top bath with more contemporary pieces and colours to create something uniquely different. Creating a sense of harmony excites us but we also love to push boundaries in order to make a room come alive.
Our mission is to help you understand the potential of your property. We will draw out your personality, your likes and your dislikes, which will enable us to understand your needs now and going forward so that we design a space which not only works for you but also reflects you on a personal level. Our aim is to create uniquely different properties which enhance your life and evoke feelings of abundance, tranquility and happiness.
Older properties have a rich history and we like to understand the evolution of the building, drawing on this for inspiration. By unpicking the backstory we are able to reinterpret and creatively reimagine the space helping you to take your property into its next chapter. New buildings are created for the way we live now, often large and open plan which can run the risk of feeling soulless. Injecting personality drawn on the past is a fantastic way of making your space uniquely different. It could be through a hint of industrialism in a pendant light, an art deco mirror and sideboard, Victorian inspired wallpaper or a Gothic Revival mirror. Just because a space is new does not mean its decor need be. Every space should be as unique as you are, it should be uniquely different.
The passion that led Alexis to set up V A Heritage was also the driving force behind her achieving academic success, obtaining a First-Class BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design degree and being awarded Student of the Year. It is these skills combined with excellent project and risk management skills obtained whilst working as an executive in the international energy and banking sectors that means you are in safe hands. Time, project and risk management are just as important to us as having a creative flair for design to ensure your project is delivered on time and on budget.
Alexis is a firm believer in you are only as good as what you know. This drives her to want to learn and expand her knowledge which lead her to completing the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Understanding Building Conservation course which is endorsed by English Heritage. Complementing her Heritage Interior Design Degree, the course introduced the philosophy behind conservation before going into detail regarding the technical analysis of buildings, ensembles and sites, diagnosing issues, identifying the best building conservation solutions, working with the various stakeholders, and ultimately providing advice regarding best practice.
Whilst based in Leeds, we cover not only Leeds, Wetherby, Harrogate, York and the surrounding areas but we are more than happy to work with you if your property is in another part of the UK or abroad.
“We shape our homes and then our homes shape us.”
"Alexis gave us a beautiful design for our living room. She gave very detailed ideas, with a real flare for interesting design whilst taking into consideration our more classic taste. She sourced all of the ideas within our budget and gave us a clear view of where to find all of the items, very thorough. I would highly recommend Alexis”
We appreciate you may have questions so we have pulled together some frequently asked ones for you and tried to answer them. Hopefully they help but if you would rather have a chat we would love to hear from you.