Doing the job right

By | September 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

It’s very often said you get what you pay for – think budget airlines! The clue’s in the name. Supposed leather sofas are advertised on TV for less than the price of a quality hide. So, when you buy a branded dining suite from a company with a fantastic reputation, (I’m not going to name [...]

Kandinsky Cut Velvet from Sanderson

By | June 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Kandinsky was a familiar Russian, later French, artist who died in 1944 – A. Sanderson & Sons have a fabric design named after him – a 1950’s inspired cut velvet, in narrow stripes with geometric patterning - search 'Kandinsky' from We have used it on new and old furniture and the result is always pleasing [...]


By | May 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Tropical is topical! In the trade and national press this week I’ve seen articles on how fashionable ‘tropical’ designs are – on furniture, wallpaper and clothing. Crescent Upholstery can offer some fabulous tropical fabrics on chairs, stools and cushions. Elanbach’s digital Cockatoo Velvet is a stunning fabric – and would look great on a winged [...]

William Morris Birthday

By | March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

William Morris was born on the 24th March1834. So Happy Birthday for Friday, William! To mark the occasion, any item – cushion, footstool or chair –  in a William Morris fabric on display in our Matlock Showroom is available with a 15% discount on the marked price for Friday & Saturday (24th & 25th) only. [...]

Morris Cushions

By | February 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

We have only a fraction of William Morris’s fabrics displayed on our ‘Cushions’ pages – while Morris has 422 fabrics listed on their website! ( ) To feature them all would be overwhelming. So, if the William Morris fabric you’re interested in having made up into beautiful scatter cushions isn’t popping up on our [...]

Florence, Italy

By | February 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Florence at the weekend – wonderful weather, but much busier than I remembered it. We stayed at the  Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio,, just metres from the famous bridge. The main attractions were extremely busy, & having been before we gave these a miss. There was a tiny queue at the Santa Croce [...]

short break

By | February 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

After an extremely busy year so far – having worked every day since the turn of the year! – and with a ‘big’ birthday for my wife this week, I’m taking a few days off. The shop will be closed from Wednesday 15th, and will re-open on Tuesday 21st. The website will still take ‘orders’ [...]

Van Dyke Join

By | February 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Here’s a great piece we re-upholstered for a customer in her own fabric – a £200 per metre silk! There’s a matched, over-stitched, seam on the plain seat. But on the back, the joins are hidden in the buttoned pleats – a technique called ‘Van Dyking’. A useful skill to master when deep-buttoning and the [...]

Colour is Everything

By | January 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Don’t forget your sunglasses if you’re visiting our Matlock shop! Colour is everywhere – the bolder the better! In a world gone mad, any ray of sunshine lifts the spirits. And some of today’s fabrics are stunning. GP & J Baker’s ‘Barcelona’ velvet is out of this world. Combined with a complimentary, or contrasting, plain [...]

Scatter Cushions

By | December 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Designer fabric scatter cushions are a great way to add interest to your decor for a relatively small cost. So, we’re altering the way we display cushions on the website to show even more wonderful fabrics. Instead of displaying actual ‘made up’ cushions we’re showing the fabrics in the colourways for each design – with [...]