‘The power of paint & soft furnishings’

Charis White’s (stylist/writer/shopping editor at Saga Magazine) latest blog features lovely roman blinds we made for a long standing client in James Hare Ceylon stripe & Fenwick & Tilbrook’s gorgeous warm ochre paint ‘Chanterelle’.

Charis’ blog is all about ‘Winter spice’ a beautiful palette of warm colours inspired by nature. https://chariswhite.com/2021/10/27/winter-spice-decor/#

Interlined roman blinds in James Hare Ceylon stripe, Fenwick & Tilbrook paint ‘Chanterelle’ a lovely warm ochre colour

This gorgeous room was enhanced by the addition of some fabulous comfy chairs sourced by my clever client & transformed by my talented upholsterer…

Howard style chair before & after re upholstery

This lovely Howard style chair has been given a new lease of life, now clothed in a smart herringbone ‘Tamarind’ weave from James Hare. A simple natural matt finish flanged cord was used instead of piping.

Another fabulous upholstery transformation is this lovely wing chair which was given a new lease of life in a soft ochre patterned fabric from Clarke & Clarke

Our talented upholsterer also worked his magic on a fabulous, buttoned, kidney shape sofa. We used really beautiful green velvet from James Hare for this & added a deep bullion fringe from another one of our go to trimmings suppliers; Troynorth, who have a great selection of trimmings & braids.

Gorgeous ‘Bergamot’ green velvet with the fabulous bullion fringe

A beautiful room full of ‘comfort & joy’. The ochre tones are just as welcoming on a sunny day as they are on a dark, cosy evening.

Photos: Mrs Steed with my client’s kind permission to share them

  • Fabrics: James Hare / Clarke & Clarke
  • Trimmings: Troynorth
  • Paint: Fenwick & Tilbrook
  • Photos: Mrs Steed with my client’s kind permission to share them

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.

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.