Deborah Hodgson

The Luxe Lowdown: Deborah Hodgson

Deborah Hodgson is an interior designer at DAKOTA House of Design in Jesmond. We sit down to have a conversation about all things Luxe…

Deborah Hodgson shares insights on her day-to-day routines, downtime, luxurious living, and the lessons life has taught her.

Getting to Know You


Deborah Hodgson


Interior Designer

Where is home?


Three reasons you love where you live?

In my opinion, you cannot match Jesmond for its central location. It’s just a ten-minute walk into the city centre – easy access to the fabulous Exhibition Park, Wylam Brewery and Town Moor. It’s great for walking our dogs Boo and Doris, and close enough to the coast for a quick dip before work (the dogs, that is!).

The Day Job

Luxe lowdown Deborah Hodgson

What do you do for a living? 

I am an Interior Designer at DAKOTA House of Design in Jesmond, which is an award-winning interiors studio, established by me and my husband, Peter, in 2008. We now enjoy a well-earned reputation in the commercial and residential sectors locally, nationally and internationally particularly in the leisure and hotels sector with regular clients such as Malmaison, Genting Casino and Stonegate.

A day in the life of you? 

I’m up early, usually around 5.30 am to walk my dogs. I’m at the office by 7.30 am (the dogs come too!) for a busy day planning the latest interiors, drawing up plans and helping the team create! I leave the office finally around 5.30pm – 6pm to head home, then I walk the girls again, relax, eat, and bed!

Any recent, ongoing or upcoming projects or achievements we should know about?

One of the biggest projects I have been working on recently, is the luxury apartment development in Hexham, called The Wool House. My designs have informed the interior styling for typical living spaces, corridors and reception areas drawing inspiration from the building’s former use as a wool warehouse.  It has been great fun collaborating with the team on it.

What does downtime mean to you? 

Time is precious and I enjoy exercise: running and weight training just to clear my head. Of course, the little luxuries such as holidaying with friends and family and general socialising mean a lot too.

Lessons In Life

What did you want to be when you were growing up? 

When I was younger, I always wanted to be a vet because I love animals of any type – particularly dogs. They have always been a great love of mine. However, I decided to become an interior designer after becoming interested in architecture. My dad was an architect and I really enjoyed seeing his buildings come to life, so here I am!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? 

Don’t take people for granted – you never know when you might not see them again.

What is your greatest fear? 

I am not afraid of much to be honest. It’s more of a worry about what the world will still have to offer my grandchildren when I am gone.

Which living person do you most admire and why? 

Alexei Navalny – I know he died recently but he ultimately gave his life for everything that he believed in and fought for. He didn’t run away and it must have taken incredible courage to do what he did. For the foreseeable future, he will definitely be the person I admire most.

Living Luxe

What is top of your bucket list?   

To compete in a triathlon.

What is your most treasured possession? 

I don’t set much store by material possessions and so I don’t really have any but, although not possessed by me (I just invest much of my spare time and money looking after them) my dogs would feature pretty high up there.

What does the weekend mean to you? 

Time out with family and friends and relaxing. More sleep is always welcome but my family is spread out from Scotland through to Italy so there are times when my weekends are not relaxing at all, and I am travelling for a cuddle!

A memorable holiday? 

Peter and I went to Bali last year for three weeks and it was wonderful. It was very relaxing, and we loved every minute of it.

Best dress? 

It is one I bought in London – by Silvia Tcherassi. At the time, it seemed to be a pricey dress, but I have had so much wear out of it because it’s perfect for a wide variety of events, so it has really earned its keep.

Who would be your top-three dinner guests?

Barbara Streisand, George Clooney and Richard Branson – a real mix of superstars in their own right.

The last place you ate? 

Middleton Lodge, near Richmond in North Yorkshire – we went for Sunday lunch and it was fabulous.

The last book you read? 

I’ve not had a chance to read a book in ages unless it’s work-related and I might be looking for inspiration!

The last thing you listened to? 

A NIKE training app/podcast – I enjoy listening to this while running. While I was training for last year’s Great North Run, it was invaluable and the podcast covers exactly what it says. Mindset, movement, nutrition, recovery and sleep.

The last thing you watched?  

Renegade Nell on Disney+ – it doesn’t require too much concentration and is a great portrayal of a feisty woman.

Your three luxe things in life?

In a perfect (and very affluent) world I’d have a helicopter, a fully-crewed super yacht (as well as the means to run it) and a house in the Caribbean – specific island as yet to be determined – but I adore Turks and Caicos.