Award winning company specialising in interior design, curtain making and soft furnishings, working on prestigious projects. Established 2001.
Victoria Hammond recently won the Kent Women in Business Awards ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. She has many years extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of the industry.
Victoria Hammond Academy provides accredited professional training courses in curtain making, soft furnishings and interior design. Victoria believes in training to a high standard using traditional hand sewing methods. The courses are tailored to suit all levels of ability, including absolute beginners. Victoria has trained over 500 people from all over the World; a high percentage of the students have gone on to set up their own business following training at the Academy.
Victoria Hammond Interiors is accredited by AIM Awards, which is an approved British Awarding Body, regulated by Ofqual. We are also an approved member of other reputable organisations, including the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers, the British Institute of Interior Design and the Federation of Small Businesses.
Victoria Hammond Interiors is located in a lovely village in Canterbury. We have an interior design showroom, curtain making workrooms where we hand-make curtains and soft furnishings to a high standard, a Mediterranean garden with stunning countryside views, and a luxury 3 bedroom self catering cottage. It is a creative and welcoming environment where students and clients can relax and feel at home.
We provide a full interior design and project management service; curtains, blinds and soft furnishings, wall coverings, bespoke furniture, upholstery, lighting, flooring, kitchens and bathrooms and more. We believe in providing an personal, reliable and expert service from estimation to completion. Please call us on 01227 722244 to arrange a free design consultation with Victoria Hammond in our showroom, or at your home.
Meet The Team
VICTORIA HAMMOND is the founder and Director of Victoria Hammond Interiors. She has 20 years professional experience as a curtain making, soft furnishing and interior design specialist working on prestigious projects mainly in London and surrounding counties. She grew up helping her mother sew, who ran a successful curtain making and upholstery business. Following graduation with a Degree in Textiles and a Diploma in Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings, Victoria gained experience working for top end design companies before establishing her business in 2001. She now thoroughly enjoys running both the Academy and the Interior Design business.
ROSIE STOKES is Victoria’s Assistant. Victoria was delighted when Rosie joined the team. Previously she worked as a personal assistant/office manager for a team of directors. Rosie also studied dress making and loves interior design! Rosie assists with the running of the business; administration, liaising with clients and suppliers, Waterlock House accommodation and looking after students training at the Academy. She sews beautifully and Victoria is currently training her to also assist with make up in the curtain making workrooms.
ANGELA CONSTANTINOU is a trainer at the Academy and runs the course ‘Traditional Lampshade Making’. She is an inspiring, full of life, talented lady. She studied at a renowned university in London, where she now regularly tutors. She works on residential and commercial commisions in and around London. She has worked with companies and designers that include Robert Young Antiques, Mockbee & Co and Dutch interior designer, Rutger Hopster.
NATALIE WEAVERS is a renown Interior Designer, who tutors at the Academy on the course ‘Introduction to Interior Design’. She graduated with a degree in interior architecture in 1986 and set up her own company in 2001 after working for several practices in London, Melbourne, Australia and Brunei, where she designed a hotel, and residential and sports complex for the Royal family. Natalie mainly designs bars and restaurants; recent projects include Indi-go Westfield, Mia Lounge Swiss Cottage, Al-dar Cafe Kings Road and Bocadito Esher. Since February 2012, she has been a visiting lecturer at UAL Chelsea (University of Arts London Chelsea) specialising in restaurant interior design.
GARY BENTON is an independent fitter working directly for various trade suppliers, interior designers and specialist curtain and blind supply companies. He runs the course at the Academy ‘Introduction to Professional Fitting’. Gary started in the industry by joining Silent Gliss in 1996 and managing their installation teams. During his time at Silent Gliss he worked with their wide diversity of customers who supply and install to almost every aspect of the curtain and blind industry. In 2002 he became an independent installer working with suppliers to the London and Europe/Middle East markets who needed his installation experience to install many of their prestigious projects. He now works 50/50 with independent outlets and suppliers nearer to Kent in the high end residential and commercial field.