William Morris Birthday

By | 2017-03-23T19:45:58+00:00 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 | 2017-02-28T14:50:57+00:00 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 | 2017-11-27T13:18:33+00:00 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 [...]

Colour is Everything

By | 2017-11-27T13:18:34+00:00 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 | 2016-12-27T15:38:27+00:00 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 [...]

Centring a fabric design

By | 2016-12-12T20:04:02+00:00 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 | 2016-11-28T21:31:34+00:00 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 | 2016-11-14T16:14:17+00:00 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, [...]