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History, People and Place


Julia Neustein founded Interior Motives in 1991. Initially working from home and specialising in paint effects, Julia soon realised that there was an eager market for her skills in budget lead Interior Design.

Utilising her background in theatre design, Julia has perfected a design service that Interior Motives clients really appreciate. No nonsense hands on approach to ensuring that deadlines are adhered to and budgets are never exceeded.


Key to the growth of Interior Motives have been the quality of our staff. We only hire staff who match our thorough competency and customer service requirements. We now employ 7 people in our Musselburgh premises to accommodate the rapidly growing business.

  • Julia Neustein: Founder and Managing Director
  • Katie Holmes:Senior designer and project manager
  • Zoe Hamilton:Marketing Manager
  • Cate Warren:Designer
  • Claire Grant: Office Manager
  • Suzanne Johnston: Sales & Marketing
  • Margaret Reilly: Stylist
  • Steven Blair: Works Manager

In addition to permanent staff, Interior Motives has arrangements with numerous specialist trades people that we bring in when a projects requires those skills. These include Sewing Room, Curtain fitter, Upholsterer, Electrician, Joiner, Decorators, Cleaners, Removal, Building warrant applications, Planning Applications, Kitchen design & supply, Bathroom Design & supply, and Flooring Fitters.


Our new 3,500 thousand square feet premises in Musselburgh has enabled us to recruit more staff to cope with the rapid growth that has happened in the past year. It gives up more options and capabilities to improve our services to you.

With a fully equipped workshop, we can now assemble all furniture prior to delivery in a controlled enviroment, minimising chances of problems and increasing our speed of delivery.

The increased storage means that we can hold even more stock furniture, giving us even more ability to meet tight timescales, because we are not tied to supplier lead times. Recently we have been able to complete a show house within a 3-week lead time!

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