Harford House: Avoiding fast-furniture and unnecessary waste in interior design


Harford House interior design for renters

Started in early 2022 Harford House interior design consultancy aims to help renters and first-time buyers create spaces they love while avoiding fast-furniture and unnecessary waste as much as possible.

Given the rise in coverage of  the ‘fast-furniture’ crisis in press such as The New York Times, founder Carina Harford feels that now it is a good time to showcase a generation of younger designers who are trying to approach interiors for Millennials and Gen Z – many of whom will never own their own homes – with a specific focus on renters and on promoting vintage and second-hand items as much as possible.

Carina says: “The way I operate allows clients to receive in-depth moodboards, design suggestions and product recommendations for a one-off fee, meaning it’s a more accessible and transparent process than interior design has traditionally been.

Helping to create homes without contributing to the waste stream or the fast-furniture problem is our mission. 22 million pieces of furniture are discarded each year in the UK. Ikea produces a ‘Billy bookcase’ every three seconds. We cannot continue in this way.

At Harford House, we aim to use as many vintage, antique and second hand products as possible. We support clients to upcycle any items they already own before buying additional pieces. Where new items are needed, we prioritise local, small production companies with environmentally-conscious practices.”

Conscious about limited budgets of Harford House’s core clients’ base, they provide room-by-room design boards which act as personalised guides to achieving the interiors they want. The furniture, decorations, paint colours, materials, floor plans and other recommendations are presented upfront for a set fee, meaning they can implement changes step-by-step within a set budget. Clients then have an option to either  ‘do it yourself’ or engage Harford House to implement the changes for them.







To find out more about Harford House services and projects please visit harford-house.com



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