Sitting room refresh

Sitting room refresh

Having already made a few sets of curtains, voile privacy panels & a lampshade for this beautiful period house I was delighted to be invited back to make new curtains for the lovely beamed sitting room. My client wanted to lighten the room up & tone down the colour. We discussed various ways to achieve this,. Paint had already been selected & we established that the sofas which were made to order were a fixed feature. At this point in a consultation we usually brain storm fabric styles & colours & samples are supplied to review at different times of day(light) & evening in the room.

A soft taupe woven fabric with slight lustre to catch the light was chosen to tone with the freshly painted walls & taupe stripe in the sofas. A coordinating Harris Tweed with pretty colouring was selected for cushions. Privacy panels were made in a soft drapey voile with self stripe. The tiebacks were chosen for their scale & bullion fringe which echoes the bullion fringed tassels on the knole sofas. As the embrace was a little short for the curtains I extended them using complimentary rope cord.

It was good to see the lampshade still in use & looking as good as when it was made six years ago – now on a different base & in a different location.

Client’s feedback; “I’m delighted with it all”

The Finishing Touch

The Finishing Touch

We have a great selection of metal or wooden poles in an array of beautiful finishes & standard colours. As a perfect compliment to your unique home we are delighted to also offer our Painted to order curtain poles…in any colour from Farrow & Ball, Little Greene or Sanderson…

 

Window seat

Window seat

It was an absolute pleasure to be part of this stunning kitchen project. Thank you to our lovely client & to @kitchencraftuk for the beautiful showcase photos which include our Roman blinds & window seat.
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This stunning kitchen features bespoke roman blinds for the bay window & a side window which we made up in ‘Gingko’ linen, created by British designer Jessica Hayman of Rosa and Clara. The linen was printed in Lancashire & a pleasure to work with. We made the large, shaped window seat in Susie Watson striped heavy cotton fabric. Our client chose Zoffany Prussian & Dove designer paint for the walls & kitchen which has oak dovetailed drawers. Gorgeous Mandarin Stone flooring runs throughout the kitchen & into the large light filled dining room over looking the garden.

Soft furnishings, designer paint & flooring – Mrs Steed soft furnishings, Bespoke kitchen – Kitchencraft Design Studio



Wallart

 

I’m thrilled to offer an exciting range of designer wallpaper.  These gorgeous hand painted art designs have been digitally printed onto heavy weight non woven wide width paper to really enhance the designs.

This stylish collection co-ordinates beautifully with the gorgeous colour palette of fabrics that we already supply & is available in a great variety of designs whether you favour vibrant or muted colours, florals, country-chic, elegant, whimsical, contemporary or want to inject a bit of bling into your scheme…img_3991

I have the collection available to show you & can of course supply wallpaper & fabric samples directly to you.

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  • Width:  136cms
  • Wipeable
  • Paste the wall – hanging instructions are included with every order & can also be found here  https://vimeo.com/154839979
  • 147grms/sqm
  • Sold by the metre
  • Approx 2 week lead time (printed to order)

N.B.  these wallpapers are bespoke, printed to order & therefore cannot be returned

Ask me for more information, to see the collection or for samples

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Mrs Steed soft furnishings    T:01371 872697   enquiry@mrssteed.co.uk

 

 

 

Inspiration

I’ve just treated myself to inspirational day out with a lovely group of soft furnishers at a Curtain Masterclass. The Masterclass was led by industry expert Rebecca Day of Merrick & Day who generously shared with us her huge knowledge, experience & tips for designing window treatments.  Rebecca brought some of her gorgeous samples with her which demonstrate just how beautifully a contrast binding, leading edge or trim can enhance a contemporary or traditional curtain. Rebecca’s own style has changed over the years & she now favours a more relaxed style of curtain & heading which I agree is very pretty.  I’m looking forward to using some of these enhancements on future projects. Thank you so much to our host Penny & her staff at Denton Drapes couture soft furnishings. My only complaint is that the day was over all too quickly! 

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(Photos of Rebecca Day’s samples taken by me)

Case study: Country house style

IMG_8009My client, who loves the Laura Ashley, country house look wanted to up date her sitting room but maintain a traditional feel.    As the room is south facing & has large patio doors out to the garden the furnishings are liable to fade in the strong sunlight; my client chose these textured vertical blinds from my made to measure selection to protect the furnishings & maintain a cooler temperature on sunny days.  The room was newly wallpapered in elegant Colefax & Fowler Elwick Stripe.

The client had a heavily shaped pelmet which we took apart & re-made into a straight more contemporary shape. The edge was highlighted with a two tone berry shade braid which also picks up on the colour of the stunning new sofa.  The same braid was used to embellish cushions.

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Although it was a long wait for the tie backs to arrive from the French, high end trimmings company, Houles, my client was truly delighted with her choice. These tie backs are made up of loops which are available individually in a choice of colours to create your own original tie backs in any length.

Case study; curtains & blinds for an orangery

 

PicMonkey MP fallonI recently had the pleasure of making a large number of blinds & a pair of eyelet curtains for a beautiful orangery style dining room/family room which had been expertly built by its owner as an extension to a stunning kitchen. The room, which has lovely countryside views is fully glazed on two sides & also has a huge lantern roof.

My client loves colour but after some consideration chose a neutral but nevertheless stunning fabric which doesn’t detract from the views.

The fabric chosen was from the Voyage natural living collection; Fallon in Birch colourway. A stylish curtain pole, Shepherd’s crook finials with matching window & door hardware in a pewter finish were supplied by ‘From the Anvil’.  To complement the pewter hardware & silver tree branch pattern in the fabric we supplied ‘Antique Silver’ roman blind chains which are of course fully compliant with child safety regulations.

 

 

 

 

Extraordinary candlelit visit

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This time last year we had an extraordinary candlelit treat; a visit to a ‘hidden London’ location…18 Folgate Street in Spitalfields, also known as Dennis Severs House.

This extraordinary house which dates back to 1724 has been transformed into a living museum of 18th century life as experienced by a family of Huguenot silk weavers. It amazes me that Dennis Severs lived here for twenty years just as his imaginary family of French silk weavers would have with absolutely no modern conveniences. As a visitor you experience ‘a still-life’ drama lovingly recreated, complete with sounds, smells & the atmosphere of a perfectly restored Georgian house. From the moment you arrive & are greeted on the doorstep you sense something unusual is about to unfold.  A visit in silence is essential if you are to experience this historic gem as the creator intended; in silence & with an open mind. The motto of the house is Aut visum aut non!  You either see it or you don’t!   This is all too true but I was completely entranced by the sights & atmosphere & the sensation that I had just missed the occupants who may be in another room & that if you’re quick enough you may catch a glimpse of them…it really does feel as though you are having a snoop around the house while the family are there!

Of course being a soft furnisher I had to know more about the lavish period curtains & blinds!  I also knew that the house had been in a very run down state when the eccentric artist,Dennis Severs, bought it & I was intrigued so after our visit I contacted the curator to find out more…he very kindly sent me this reply:

“Thank you for your kind words, im so pleased you enjoyed your visit and journey into the past. I shall do my very best to answer your questions regarding the textiles. The Red silk damask in the dining chamber is late 17th century, I think they were once part of a bed and its curtains, the bed being the most expensive item in the house due to the quantity of silk needed. I purchased these some years ago to replace the  rotting  cut silk velvet that now lives in the dickens room along with its bed curtains which are all 19th century silk velvet. The curtains at the landing window, are most likely 19th century damask, they were originally placed there by Dennis, hung in place with nails a static display. Over the years ive re hung virtually all the curtain dressings around the windows so they can be removed for cleaning etc thus prolonging their life.The raw silk on the drawing room is about 30 years old now and its an ongoing project of mine to slowly re hang them as they are but with hooks and not nailed and pinned as they mostly still are. Dennis bedchamber, again his creation but one that ive repaired, sewing the curtain hems and braids by hand and placing the curtains on runners so we can create drama within the chamber by closing and opening the bed curtains. The window blinds are very good, professionally made, the window dressing is 19th century silk Damask. Bought many years ago when fabrics of this nature were still easily found”.

The history & ideas behind the restoration of this unique house are truly remarkable. We visited during a ‘Silent Night’ tour but I’d love to go back during daylight hours for a different experience.

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Dennis Sever’s House,18 Folgate StreetSpitalfields, London E1        http://www.dennissevershouse.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case study: Bi-fold doors

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Bi-fold doors are everywhere at the moment & understandably desirable as they have a lot to offer…but how to dress them?  Even with the most up to date triple glazed units, glass is cold & in winter most of us crave cosiness.   In this instance my clients had installed bi-fold doors accross the back of their extension to give them a wonderful view of the fields beyond their property with the added benefit of being able to open them up completely to the garden deck in summer.  Having lived with their revamped home for a while they realised that they would like their lovely new room to be cosy in winter & chose curtains to achieve this.

The brief was to create a contemporary curtain treatment which could be swept to one side when the bi-fold doors are open.  My client liked the minimal look of eyelet curtains on…

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