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Tracey Anne Bigrigg

Florence Anne Footstools - handmade in Carlisle

Published on: Friday 24th August 2018

With a keen eye for design, Tracey-Anne Bigrigg has carved herself a niche in the international world of soft furnishings.

Working from her terraced cottage home in Carlisle, Tracey-Anne crafts bespoke footstools which are shipped across the globe.

Tracey-Anne trades under the name Florence Anne Footstools producing individual pieces of furniture in tribute to her late mum, Florence Anne Bigrigg, who ran a furnishing business in Port Road, Carlisle.

“She loved interior design and was my biggest inspiration,” said Tracey-Anne.

“Mum could walk into a room and redesign it in her head within minutes. She was so clever despite having no training.”

Tracey-Anne, 45, who has a 21-year-old daughter Perrie, designs her footstools at home in South View Terrace in the St Nicholas area of the city which she shares with her West Highland Terrier Martha.

The former railwayman’s house now named Peppercorn Cottage, is full of Tracey-Anne’s design ideas.

The stools, made from pure wool tartan and tweed, have hand-carved Queen Anne legs and are put together by upholsterer Bill O’Hara at a workshop in Gretna.

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