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About El Corral Design

Nicky Foster has a background in design & project management. Prior to running her own business, Paintworks for ten years, Nicky worked as a Production & Logistics Coordinator on product launches & events. She founded Paintworks in 1994, designing and selling her own brand of paints through her shop in London’s Portobello. The business also offered a colour design & decoration service, and courses in special paint techniques.  Nicky’s hands on approach involved her in taking on many of the decoration projects herself as well as teaching and running the business.

In 2004 she moved to Andalucia, Spain, bolting her paint range on to the popular
Malabar Cotton Company, who are still selling her paints today.  In 2012 she designed a new range of matt emulsion colours for Malabar, which were launched in spring 2013.  She has spent the last eight years renovating her own house in the small mountain village of Mairena, and undertaking design and renovation projects for clients locally.


Featured recently in Period Living magazine, the house has been carefully restored using reclaimed materials.  She runs her paint & mosaic courses from her village home.  Having moved her father into a residential care home this year, Nicky identified the need for the elderly to have a “home from home” experience and now also offers a simple room design and management service to recreate “home” for care home residents.

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Design & Project Management

Projects undertaken range from small room to large house schemes.  They can be as simple as colour design of paint, fabric & floors or as complex as full design and/or management of a complete house renovation.  Following an initial consultation, scaled drawings and colour boards are provided for each scheme with an estimate of costs. 

A new home from home service is also available offering a simple room design and “move” management service to recreate a home experience for care home residents.  The focus is on ensuring that a resident’s new room contains all the comfort of home with familiar furniture and effects.  It offers a stress relieving, cost effective way of moving an elderly family member into residential care, enabling the family to concentrate on health and funding needs.   The service includes an initial consultation, drawings, an estimate of costs & organization and management of all move elements.



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Courses include the popular Step by Step, Decorative Walls and Furniture Painting formerly offered at the London Paintworks Studio, with a new class in Pebble Mosaic, inspired by the mosaic patterned floors of the Alhambra Palace in Granada.   Segments from each class have been combined into two 3-day long weekend courses, the first with an emphasis on Step by Step and the second on Decorative Walls.  Classes are held in the old Moorish village of Mairena in Andalucia, Spain.  Accommodation including breakfast and dinner, is offered at Viña y Rosales, a late 1800’s mansion house with a large colorful organic garden, designed by landscape architect Marjet Maks.


step by step, furniture & pebble mosaic
Course price per person  £350.00  (max 8 persons per class)

A complete introduction to basic techniques for furniture & woodwork.                        

Techniques include: washing; antiquing; distressing; relief stenciling & liming for up-cycling furniture & the design & application of simple pebble mosaic patterns.


decorative walls & pebble mosaic                                                                   
Course price per person £375.00 (max 8 persons per class)

An introduction to special effects for walls.  Techniques include colour washing & colour merging washes; working a “soft” scumble; textured finishes with relief mosaic & pebble mosaic design.


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