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)

Rest your weary feet

PicMonkey velvet footstoolMy DH has taught me how to make an upholstered footstool…somewhere to rest my weary feet…I wanted one that would be large enough to share, just the right height & which could also be used as a tea tray table.  I chose a soft antique gold jacquard fabric which picks up beautifully on the shading in the fireplace & is super soft under foot. This fabric has an almost crushed velvet appearance & changes shade depending on the lighting in the room.  I used modern upholstery techniques & for definition a contemporary ‘Jazz’ flanged cord in brown/linen tones which compliments the fabric perfectly.  I’m off to put my feet up now…

Upcycled Lampshade

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This lovely project was brought to me by my client who had bought an vintage lampshade frame & wanted it to be updated with a dramatic fuchsia pink Harlequin fabric which matched her new curtains.  The shade would be hung above a dining table so would be seen from the underside but was not to be balloon lined as it would hide the pattern on the fabric.  A pattern was made from the frame rather than the old fabric covering.  Fabric cut on the bias to allow the fabric to be stretched tight onto the frame.  The freshly painted frame was bound with India tape at the top & bottom to allow the new shade cover to be be sewn into place.  As the underside of the lampshade would be seen from below, the India tape was covered with braid to match the braid used on the face of the shade.  I am sure it looks stunning in its new home.