Our Story

Margaret and James Dean established ‘Maison Furnishers’ in 1980. Operating from a small shop in Witham, they built a soft furnishing business, selling exclusive fabrics and making and fitting high quality, made-to-measure curtains. This family run business has grown and developed over 30 years, and is now run by Christopher and Joannah Dean, the son and daughter of the original founders, who in 2012 re-named the business as Dean & Co.

What started as a hobby for Margaret initially became a home business when she began advertising locally to make and alter curtains. Within a short period of time she gained a contract from a local firm, and employed a team of seamstresses.

  • Mayor opening Maison Furnishers (now Dean & Co) new store in 1980
  • Exterior of Maison Furnishers (now Dean & Co) new store in 1980
  • Interior of Maison Furnishers (now Dean & Co) new store in 1980

Following on from this early success, she decided to open her own curtain shop in 1980. She found premises in Witham and the business flourished. The business expanded so rapidly that, within six months, her husband James gave up his job and joined Margaret in what now became the family business. James, a carpenter by trade with a background managing contracts in building and construction, allowed the company to offer complementary measuring and fitting, which still forms a key part of our service today.

The business continued to flourish over the next decade, opening a second store in Colchester town centre as well as the original shop in Witham.

Over time, changes in society brought increased consumer awareness of interior design and fashion. Customers began to demand greater choice and a higher level of service. Maison Furnishers was well placed to satisfy this need. With its growing reputation for quality and service, Margaret and James were approached in 1990 by Hatfields of Colchester, a long established, independent local furniture retailer, to open a showroom within the store. For over twenty years now, these two family run companies have worked together successfully to offer high quality interiors and premium service to customers across Essex and Suffolk.

Dean & Co aims to enhance this legacy over the next 20 years and beyond. Christopher and Joannah will continue to offer exceptional levels of service and quality to all our customers, whilst incorporating modern advances in design, technology and online customer communication.

Mrs H. in Barnston near Dunmow, Essex

I wanted to tell you that the curtains are beautiful, they are a perfect complement to each room and the service could not have been better. Many thanks to the team.

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