It was mountains of research during her Textile degree, and probably an inescapable family gene in business; and not forgetting a super dedicated husband, Labrador named Daphne and Spaniel named Lillian, that saw the birth of The LillianDaph Store.
Exposure to so much quality design, yet a lack of access to it up here in the North East drove Christina to frustration, believing she could not be the only interior-obsessive in the area.
Safe to say this quickly became a mission; to bring good quality and well designed interiors to the North East.
After falling lucky (mainly having a Dad with a “shy kids get no sweets kind of approach”) Christina and her husband took on an old post office in a Victorian building in seaside town of Saltburn by the Sea. Turning the place around in just under six weeks, the couple paired back the building to as near to original as they could.
Now spanning over three floors, and including an outdoor yard area, the pair have worked tirelessly to create a small hub of interior inspiration. Next on the agenda- a basement photography studio to capture distinctive brand imagery and share LD with the rest of the UK.
Often wondering why ‘The North’ is perceived as left behind or uninterested in design, LillianDaph is built on the metaphor that as humans, ‘We don’t know that we want the cake until we see it on the counter.’ Through LillianDaph, it is Christina’s aim to show you options you may have never considered.