Centring a fabric design

By | December 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

We get continuous interest in Sanderson’s  Cluny ( from the Classic Linen Collection – particularly when it comes to re-upholstery and cushions. With the nature of the design and the large vertical pattern repeat of 45 cm it’s essential that the fabric is ‘centred’ on any piece of work. It just wouldn’t look professional [...]


By | November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Kilims look great on winged armchairs. We were supplied, by the same customer over a period of time, with several very old original Turkish kilims and tasked with producing three new chairs – one of which was to be extra wide. The thick kilims were tough to work with – but the end results were [...]


By | November 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Tapered solid wood legs give a pleasing and stylish look to footstools – regardless of stool shape. Round, lozenge, rectangular – they work. Turned from solid beech hardwood, they can be coloured with several wood stains – or supplied to you ‘in the white’ and painted to your chosen colour. Bespoke sizes can be supplied, [...]


By | October 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Although it’s not a new design, we quite like Sanderson’s ‘Amanpuri’ from the ‘Country Linens’ Collection. It has some striking colourways - The bold design makes a strong statement. We’ve used it several times – it looks great on this sofa we re-covered. Although it adds to the fabric required, the matching through the [...]

Audley Jewel

By | October 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

GP & J Baker’s Audley ‘Jewel’ embroidery, sourced from India, is a beautiful new fabric from the Historic Royal Palaces Collection. Although its suggested selling price is at the luxury end of the market, when used on a feature cushion it can still fall within most budgets. With a horizontal repeat of 63cm (25 inches) [...]


By | October 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Deciding on the ‘piping’ for a piece of upholstery – whether self-piping, complimentary or contrasting -  can make a world of difference to the finished product. The strong contrasting piping on one of our nursing chairs really works well with William Morris’s ‘Fruit’. Whereas, the green hide piping on our large (in every sense) sofa [...]

Bird Fabrics

By | October 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

My thoughts turned to fabrics featuring birds yesterday – as I found, sadly, three dead house martin chicks in one of the nest boxes I have under the eaves of my house, during my Autumn clean-up. The parents will abandon them if they can’t find enough insects – is it a coincidence that it’s been [...]

Upholstery Nails

By | October 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Large domed upholstery nails can create a striking effect with the right fabric. L19 (2 cm) nickel plated nails work really well with the purple slub velvet on this featured chaise, They can be used decoratively – as around the bottom edge, or functionally – as around the outside back. Multi-coloured ‘glass’ nails are [...]

GP & J Baker Barcelona Multi

By | October 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Digitally printed velvets are quite popular at the moment – but do they come any more ‘show-stopping’ than GP & J Baker’s Barcelona Multi colourway? This Viscose and Cotton fabric, which has a’ Severe Contract’ Upholstery Grade, and has a Suggested Selling Price of £129 per metre, is absolutely stunning. We love bold patterns – [...]

Audley Jewel

By | October 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The first of the GP & J Baker fabrics ordered from Focus 16 at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre has arrived, Audley from the new Historic Palaces Collection – and what a beautiful fabric. See the full collection at Not surprisingly for such an elegant embroidery it commands a premium price at £159 per metre. It [...]