About us
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Thomas Norris Restorations is an Exeter based furniture restorer
specialising in Ercol furniture, Vintage/Retro, Mid-Century
and Modern Classic furniture design.
The business opened in 2018 and is run by Harriet Thomas,
who has been restoring for home, friends and family for over 10 years.
We buy from private sellers, dealers or house clearances and restore or repurpose
predominantly wooden furniture to its original state before selling to private collectors, home-makers and interior designers.
Alongside restoration, repair and refinishing services, we offer Ercol reupholstering services through our preferred supplier, Stage One.
 
 
The business is named after
Harriet's  great-grandfather,
Tom Norris, a decorator of
Odd Down, Bath where that
side of the family
still reside.
T.Norris Decorator 21 Weatherly Ave, Odd Down, Bath Old Sign
Restored Morris Minor 1000 1964 Trafalgar Blue
Harriet Thomas Thomas, Thomas Norris Restorations, Furniture Restorer
Harriet Thomas, Restorer

I’m Harriet, I have many years experience as a hobbiest home restorer.

 

I have a passion for what I do and have loved turn what was once a hobby into a business.

I inherited my love of wood from my Grandpa Richard, an engineer and hobbiest wood turner, beekeeper and goldsmith. The smell of beeswax polish in the morning reminds me of sitting in his workshop watching him turn all manner of things out of any piece of wood, admiring the grain, tones and textures.

My passion for Mid-Century modern furniture and design was sparked when I inherited my grandmothers Ercol studio couch, pair of 477 chairs and the Staples Ladderax unit from my fathers childhood bedroom, all of which were lovingly restored for my first home.

I now live in a sympathetically modernised 1930's house which I lovingly restored with my Dad, it is filled with 1930's, 1950's and 1960's items which blend together wonderfully.

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Gypsophila, 
New Ercolyte, trainee model

"Paw!"

Gypsophila is an RSPCA Little Valley rescue Patterdale X.  Her new enjoyment of Ercol is a joy to watch as she grows in confidence as to where to lay her head. She has inherited Lucky's love of perching on the 477 to watch through the window. Her favourite spot though is between two humans on the studio couch with her favourite toy Mr Pig.

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Lucky, 
Former Ercolite, model, mascot and general dogsbody