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Wednesday, 29 September 2010


For my graduation I got a very generous present, a brand spanking new sewing machine.  For my first ever sewing project I naively decided to make curtains for my two living room windows. Unknown to me this was a much harder job than I first anticipated....

I live in an old Victorian property and my windows are 3m in height but unfortunately the width of my living room is not much bigger. Overall I needed 15m of fabric plus 15m of lining and trying to lay this amount of fabric out flat to cut straight was a nightmare.  On top of this I chose to make them from 100% silk by James Brindley which was an eye watering ££ a meter meaning I broke out in a nervous sweat with every cut of my scissors. Once the stress of cutting the fabric was out of the way I moved on to arguing with my stupidly fancy machine ( if only i had read the manual before starting). Rookie mistake!!

Aside for the volume of fabric I was dealing with in such a small space and bullishly thinking I didn't need to read the instructions for my sewing machine the curtain making continued with only a few minor hiccups.

I really am chuffed with them now that they are finished and hung although I don't think I will be rushing to make another pair for a while.

Monday, 27 September 2010


Currently I am working with a client who has requested some mood/ sample boards for their kitchen, master bedroom and guest room. This is one of my favourite parts of my job as I get to indulge my inner child with some cutting, gluing and colouring. But on a more grown up note mood/sample boards allow me to describe the tone and style of the room I am designing.  It’s great when you are working with someone who shares your enthusiasm and wants to see your vision physically. Creating mood/sample boards allows the client to do so. However it is also a good tool to find out exactly what the client likes and doesn’t like as we can add and remove things where necessary. A mood board normally includes photos, magazine clippings, fabric samples, sketches etc and usually they are not to be interpreted literally. However in this case due to discussions with the client my boards include window treatment designs and fabrics specific to their needs. 

Keeping it zingy and fresh with a lime and white colour scheme. Introducing black in the window dressings, appliances and utensils to anchor and add depth to the room.

This is a confident and crisp look; brilliant white walls, bed linen, and furniture with a dramatic splash of scarlet panache. 

Dove grey walls, navy and moss soft furnishings create a modern space inspired by Abigial Ahern's innovative interiors. 

I hope you have enjoyed my first post! 


Usually talking is not a struggle for me, however writing my first post has proved somewhat challenging.  I have so much I want to talk about and choosing where to start is almost as tricky as having nothing to say at all. With so many fantastic interior and design blogs out there (which have often distracted me from work) I thought I might also have something interesting to say..... and I hope that at least a few of you agree as I indulge in my passion for the arts and interiors.