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 [...]


By | October 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

What’s the best size and shape for a footstool? That depends on its intended use and the space available. A feature footstool can be a striking addition to any interior design - but choices in big stores can be somewhat limited. We can create myriad shapes, heights and sizes in a vast range of stunning [...]

William Morris Thistle Linen

By | September 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|

For over 30 years we’ve been using William Morris fabrics and can’t think of one that hasn’t been a pleasure to work with. One of our favourite’s has got to be ‘Thistle’ – designed in 1897 by J.H. Dearle, originally as a block printed wallpaper and adapted to be printed on pre-dyed linen in striking [...]

Jim Dickens Fabrics

By | September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Two new pattern books from Jim Dickens have arrived, Beaumaris and Carousel. The Carousel Check 100% wool looks and feels good – and obviously complies with the UK fire regulations. The other designs, with being 75% or more natural fibres, can be used with a Schedule 3 interliner. We prefer a wool based one, which [...]

Chair Frames

By | September 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|

What’s the first essential to upholstered furniture? Like any building project – it’s good foundations, and for upholstery this means a quality hardwood frame. Our winged armchair frames are supplied by renown suppliers. The frames are constructed of 100% hardwood – with glued, dowelled and screwed joints. You cannot achieve the best standard on a [...]

Autumn Cushions

By | September 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Now autumn’s here, is it time to bring out the scatter cushions whose colours reflect the season? Sanderson fabrics certainly offer many choices – ‘Amanpuri’ is a bold design and the browns of the ‘Old Gold/Aubergine’ colourway suit the time of year. 'Woodland Berries' 'Rosehip/Moss' introduces 'greens' rather than 'browns' Alternatively, the ‘Squirrel & Hedgehog’ [...]