Reimagine your Furniture

Furniture refinishing in rural Kent

La Vie Nouvelle is a small independent furniture refinishing business, based in the beautiful Kent countryside.

Offering luxecycling in all styles, led by neurodivergent creative Fiona Knapman. 

Reimagine your existing furniture

With our focus being eco-friendly furniture revival, we take great care to promote and contribute towards a greener furniture industry, by reusing, recycling and reimagining preloved pieces.
Offering unique,  functional, beautiful, eco-friendly statement pieces, we take pride in our creative approach to furnishing homes across the UK and Europe, without contributing to the toxic methods of much of todays modern factory based production .
We provide a bespoke commission service; for your home, business, rental property, shop or restaurant. We specialise in bold colour, decoupage and luxurious flat-finish pieces.

Consultations are available. We are able to source pieces for you and consult with you to create the perfect piece for you. Combining the beauty of new materials with the character of vintage finds to give you beautiful, unique furniture.

Why Upcycle Furniture?


Over 670,000 tonnes of furniture are disposed of each year.

Long Lasting

Vintage furniture is often made with high quality materials and solid wood.

Looks Great

Vibrant colours and styles to match your personality.

Combining the beauty of new materials with the character of vintage finds.

Ready-to-go Furniture

Each piece is handcrafted by our talented artists who have years of experience creating bespoke furniture. Whether it’s for your living room, bedroom, dining room or even an outdoor patio – there is something special for everyone.

Commission Work

If you don’t see your perfect furniture, just let us know and we can make it happen. We are available to consult via online or in-person meetings.  Bring your piece to life through custom design.

Bespoke furniture in Folkestone

We pride ourselves on delivering a special service to our customers
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Fiona's Story

After being asked by a neighbour to refurbish a table and chairs, Fiona found a passion for saving furniture destined for the recycling centre. She has been creating one of a kind pieces ever since, with her finished items traveling to their new owners, throughout the UK & Europe.

Living deep in the beautiful Kent countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Fiona takes her inspiration from the nature surrounding her.

As a neurodivergent person, Fiona embraces her creativity and is meticulous in her craft, always taking her time to ensure her pieces are perfect before returning them to you.

Fiona with upcycled furniture in the Folkestone workshop

Upcycled vintage furniture in Kent

Finding our showroom

La Vie Nouvelle’s showroom is currently located at:

Nest Studio – Just off of J10a on the M20

Evegate Business, Retail & Artisan Village, Station Road, Smeeth, Nr Ashford, Kent TN25 6SX