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Press and testimonials

"Five years ago a childhood dream came true. I finally bought my own Lakeland hideaway. Having grown up in Lancaster, the Lakes have always been my Dream Space. I wanted something indigenous to the region and symbolic of the period I spent here, the 60’s. I wanted something local, something true, something creative, something inspirational and something I could slip into like an old pair of Levi’s on my frequent escapes from the hurly burly of New York Advertising. Enter James Mackie. Old Lancastrian, keyboard player, tastemaker, artist, designer and quality freak….. with an eye to die for.

"Mackies have transformed our lovely house into an amazing home. James has exquisite taste and trusting his professional judgement has paid off every time. The team at Mackies provide excellent support and service, and the workmanship is of a very high standard. If you use them we don't think you'll be disappointed!" Sandra Wearden

“I am pleased to have worked with James Mackie on several hotel contracts. His designs have been stylish and original. His commissions have been carried out with consummate skill. Jonathan Denby

"Our house has Mackies curtains and blinds throughout. Beautifully made in gorgeous fabrics and colours. James, Christine and Sarah are so helpful and always go the extra mile!" Rona Forsyth

"Throughout the ten years that Mackies have been trading, we have had many rooms refurbished with Mackies help and expertise. James, the owner of Mackies has been able to take our tired Victorian house and modernise and rejuvenate it, whilst still retaining its hidden charm and character. This has been done through with meticulous planning, attention to detail and hard work. We love what he has done and are indebted to him." Graham and Sandra Fenwick

"We had the daunting task of decorating our new build, six bedroom house and, fortunately, James Mackie was recommended to us by our architect. James took our initial ideas and designed schemes for each room that worked together through the whole house. The paint colours, wallpapers and fabrics he suggested were just to our taste and really complemented and enhanced the oak frame of the house. Mackies worked with our decorators to supply all of our paints and papers in a very efficient manner. We would recommend James and his team whether your plans are large or small. James has been a pleasure to work with, his knowledge of the materials available is extensive, he's a great listener and very flexible in his approach." Darrin and Toni Robinson

"We warmly welcome this opportunity to celebrate the quality of personal service that Mackies of Lancaster offers to their clients. Mackies understands your house as well as your tastes. It brings these together sympathetically and in ways that will surprise and delight you. Such has been our experience. Mackies opened our eyes to novel colour, fabric and furnishing ideas. Mackies offers a unique service. Mackies does not forget you. Forgotten the paint or fabric you chose? Mackies will know it and match it again for repair and renovation. Mackies is a long term partner in the decoration and refurbishment of your home." Professor and Mrs Dillon

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