Break the Rules !

Design Rules Do’s and Don’ts – at one time the rules were strictly adhered to but nowadays – anything goes – buck the trends !!

Ceilings are always white – who says ?  Balance all white schemes by introducing a strong colour in the ceiling.  Ceilings much too high ?  Lower them by using darker tones.  White too stark ?  Use beautiful Farrow and Ball “whites” much softer.

Rugs should be no longer than the length of your sofa – who says ?  Use a large square rug and place chairs and central coffee table to introduce a lovely conversational area.  Use a large rug and place the edges under sofa feet – this softens the look.  Use a large rug in the room to pull many different colours together and give the room cohesion.

Don’t incorporate too many patterns – who says ?  Pattern can give a plain room some interest.  Mix lots of patterns but maybe soften the look by using only one or two colours throughout.  Use different patterns to turn your room into your own unique space.  If you are still a bit timid keep large items plain but introduce lots of pattern in throws, cushions and lampshades.

Small Rooms can’t take dark colours – who says ?  We believe it will pull a room in but not the case.  Dark colours actually make a small room look larger.  If your room is naturally dark, play to its strength and go with this, introduce bright pops of colour.  Don’t try and lighten it by making it all white – this only makes a dark room seem gloomy.

Have fun bucking the trends – send over some images of your unique space.

Window Treatments Can Make a Room

However having the correct treatment chosen with precision using our professional services is like investing in quality.  Pulling a look together combining fabric, linings, heading styles, trims, poles or pelmet is a skill.  

Well designed window treatments are the difference between an off the peg suit and tailor made.

When choosing your window treatment there are lots of elements to consider – style, trimmings, tiebacks, where will they hang, fullness, pelmet, track or pole – we will resolve all of these decisions with you and guide you through the vast range of fabric choices to achieve a look of sophistication which says QUALITY

Harlequin Paloma Fabric and Wallpaper Collection – New In

Soft elegant weaves, highlighted with glistening metallic thread adorn the luxurious drapery products that make up the Paloma fabric collection. Graceful natural forms juxtapose with the angularity of architecture, bringing a timeless sophistication to stylish living spaces. With its name taken from the Latin word for ‘dove’, Paloma comprises nine beautiful fabric motifs in a range of calming natural tones.

Inspired by graceful natural forms and the angularity of architecture, Paloma from Harlequin effortlessly combines captivating metallics with delicate contemporary prints. A range of seven wallpapers with complementary fabric designs make up this stunning collection, available in a sophisticated pared back colour palette.  


Harry and Meghan’s Cottage in Kensington Palace grounds

We wish Meghan and Harry all the best for the future together which they start in Nottingham Cottage within the grounds of Kensington Palace.  A modest two bedroom, two sitting room bathroom and kitchen with a cute little garden complete with barbeque.  It is typically furnished in English Country style but will Meghan bring her own unique touch to her new home ?

Photos shared by the Suits star from her former property show that Meghan favours a minimalistic monochrome colour scheme, but uses details such as photo frames, coffee table books and bold blooms to add personality and pops of colour to rooms.  She will likely be wanting to hang some of her prized artworks on the walls at her new home; Meghan once shared a photo of a figure study watercolour painting by Inslee Fariss on Instagram, while Harry is reported to have spent thousands on a painting by British artist Van Donna, called Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, for his girlfriend.

Throw Open Your Curtains and Love Your Room

Curtains come in countless styles, colours and textures.  They should be an integral part of your room interior.   Elegant double or triple pleats, sleek tailored wave heading, eyelets or simple pencil pleats – come in, make use of our professional advice and let us help you make the right decision.

Curtains are the perfect finishing touch to your chosen décor style.   Come in and browse our fabulous fabric collection from Glitz and Glamour to Luxurious Velvet.  Satin and Silk to Contemporary Geometrics, Florals or Fashion Forward Prints and Voiles. 

Our curtains are all made to measure so you can choose that little finishing touch, mix and match various fabric textures, add upholstered pelmets, beautiful poles in various metal or wood finishes.  Tiebacks – choose from fabulous styles to compliment your curtains or have matching/contrasting shaped tiebacks made – you can achieve that individual look we are sure you will be thrilled with.

Add layers to your look with blinds.  We have roller, wooden blinds or roman blinds match or compliment your curtain style.  All can be blackout finished or interlined. 

Come in and let us help you pull together your ideas and let us work with your chosen budget.

Tips to Luxe Up Your Home

Tidy away clutter, this makes a huge difference.  Leave sunglasses or keys in a glass bowl, magazines and papers in a textured basket.

Smell – nothing says I have a clean and serene home like enticing fragrances.  Whether it be a mix of plug in fragrances, pot pourri or candles  – layer them up.

Add natural elements to your home using wooden bowls or even driftwood.  Introduce some fresh flowers, bunch together some inexpensive supermarket bought in clear or coloured glasses and dot around a side table  Mix some glass agates or metal objects together – warms up a room

Add layers and textures around the room which will pull all the elements together and put guests at their ease immediately,


Taupe the Perfect Foundation for your Walls

Some colours are difficult to describe – Taupe is one of them. It is not quite brown yet not quite grey !  It is, however, the perfect foundation for your walls.  It is a calming colour and works with most schemes whether it be traditional or contemporary.  Taupe walls work well with rich creams and golds for a traditional scheme – for a romantic scheme wallpaper walls or paint in a delicate pale blue, introduce cream furnishings, glass lighting and taupe to the window treatments giving depth to the room.  A taupe with pink hues becomes very rich by introducing a plum sofa or chairs.  When creating a stylish neutral room scheme choose different tones of taupe to add interest to the scheme – not forgetting to introduce lots of textures. Darker tones of taupe give a cosy fuzzy feeling to a room.  Add stylish leather accent chairs, chrome or wenge woods to add interest. Taupe is simply a wonderful colour to use in any room – works with pastel shades, works with neutrals, add bright jewel colours and taupe is a wonderful balance.  Stuck for ideas to pull a room together – choose taupe.  Come in and browse some of our delicious taupe wallpapers incorporating textures and sparkle.