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Stockists of Vanessa Arbuthnott Designer Fabrics

Stockists of Vanessa Arbuthnott Designer Fabrics

Sophie Sews stock many designer fabrics but we are particularly proud to announce we are stockists of Vanessa Arbuthnott designer fabrics. As you’ll see they are such beautiful fabrics and as such have become extremely popular in the industry.

Stockists of Vanessa Arbuthnott Designer Fabrics

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Stockists of Vanessa Arbuthnott Designer Fabrics

Vanessa turned to screen-printing fabrics when the necessary arose due to lack of funds in converting a former cow byre into a beautiful country home. Many have fallen in love with the soft, pastel colour palettes and easy country living look.

Vanessa Arbuthnott is an inspiration for many working mums such as myself. She started her business on her kitchen table while her four children were young. She found the time to work in the evenings designing and printing fabrics.

Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics

© Vanessa Arbuthnott

 

Her business has grown from strength to strength and her fabrics have appeared in many lifestyle magazines and its not a surprise to see why. Inspired by the Cotswolds in the beautiful British countryside, her signature look is a contemporary version of country living.

At Sophie Sews we love to support British companies and Vanessa Arbuthnott is no exception. Designed and produced in the UK, the designer fabrics are printed on pure linen or 100% cotton. The company goes further with their ambitions by offering co-ordinating wallpaper, rugs and furniture.

 

Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics

© Vanessa Arbuthnott

 

Vanessa calls the below portfolio image the ‘Birds & Beasts’ living room. A change from the signature looks of country pastels, this shows some of the darker colour palettes that the company offers. But still with the country-theme running through the fabrics with cute birds and animals.

 

If you would like to book a design meeting with Sophie to discuss how to use designer fabrics in your next design project, contact us now.

 

Benefits of Channel Rod Systems for Hanging Curtains

Benefits of Channel Rod Systems for Hanging Curtains

At Sophie Sews we have been fitting more and more channel rod systems (CRS) for curtains. We we wanted to talk about them and the benefits of channel rod systems for hanging curtains compared to hanging curtains with curtain poles.

Channel rod systems and curtain tracks are fixed to the ceiling or the walls and have no rings and they can be corded or non-corded.

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Benefits of Channel Rod Systems for Hanging Curtains

Short of Space

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Perhaps the biggest benefit of using a channel rod of system, or CRS, is if you are short of space in your room to hang a curtain pole. This is mainly the case if you do not have a recess above the window in the room. As you can see from the example above the recess above the window or to the side.

A channel rod system was perfect in this scenario and makes for a neat solution. Having the curtains reach to the wall means you are maximising the amount of light coming through the window.

Curves

channel rod systems

Do you have a bay-window or an unusual shaped window? Then a channel rod system is a perfect solution for hanging your curtains. These systems can be manufactured to the shape of your window to fit perfectly.

In the example below channel rod systems were used for both the curtains and the voiles. This makes for nice clean lines and keeps the look unfussy.

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channel rod curtain tracks

 

For the hall below the curtain need to be fully out of the way of the front door so a curved channel rod system was needed. Channel rod systems can be fixed to the ceiling or the wall and in cases where the ceilings or walls are uneven then they can be fixed to both.

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Modern & Discreet

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Our clients are often wanting a modern, clean look for their latest interior design projects and a channel rod system provides just that. At Sophie Sews we use curtain tracks that are made from aluminium not plastic for durability and reliability.

 

If you like the benefits of channel rod systems for hanging curtains and then you are going to also find a wider choice of colours and finishes than curtain tracks. At Sophie Sews we can provide channel rod systems in black, chrome, white, bronze, stainless steel, gold, antique bronze and inox to compliment your room.

Contact Sophie Sews now to book your no-obligation consultation.

Chatsworth Fabrics

Chatsworth Fabrics

Sophie Sews is proud to announce we are stockists of Chatsworth fabrics for our customers in Surrey and surrounding areas.

Chatsworth Fabrics

At Sophie Sews we like to support British companies. Chatworth fabrics head office and warehouse are based in Derbyshire. They are a long established family company having been founded in 1991. Chatsworth Fabrics prides itself on its excellent standards and beautiful fabrics.

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Chatworth Fabrics Collections

Chatsworth Fabrics have a wide range of styles of fabrics to choose from for your next interior design project. From contemporary and traditional weaves, checks & stripes, embroided fabrics, and contemporary and traditional prints. I am going to show you some of their more unique fabric collections.

Silverstone Collection

Silverstone Blue

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Chatsworth Fabrics Silverstone Collection is available in a red or blue patterned fabric featuring vintage cars. We think this fabric collection would look great as curtains, blinds or cushions in a boys bedroom or playroom. Perhaps in an older gentleman’s study or games room to inject some fun and vibrancy.

Cowes Collection

Cowes Blue

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This Chatsworth Fabrics collection envokes feelings of calm and serenity. As such, we can picture the Cowes collection in a peaceful bedroom with a nautical theme.

Sandbanks Collection

Sandbanks

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Another of Chatsworth Fabrics sea-side inspired fabric collections, Sandbanks is available in red or blue versions. Another fun patterned fabric envoking feelings of holidays and happy times. Curtains, blinds or cushions would look fantastic made in this fabric. We think this fabric would make a great addition to a guest bedroom.

In what room of your home would you use these fabrics? Would you like advice choosing fabrics for your next interior design project? We can visit your home with fabric books from a range of fabric designers. Contact Sophie Sews now to book your no-obligation home visit.

Ashley Wilde Fabric Collections

Ashley Wilde Fabric Collections

I’m using Ashley Wilde Fabric Collections a lot lately which made me think to show you some of my favourite fabric collections of theirs. This British company was started in 1950 and has collaboration with household names such as Kylie Minogue, Emma Bridgewater, Roald Dahl, Volkswagen and most recently, Ted Baker and Holly Willoughby.

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Ashley Wilde Fabric Collections

Roald Dahl Ashley Wilde Playroom

One of my favourite fabric collections for children’s rooms has to be the Roald Dahl Fantabulous fabrics collection. It’s a really fun fabric collection showing off Quentin Blake’s illustrations that any child would love. With last year celebrating the 100 year anniversary since the birth of Roald Dahl, there couldn’t be a better way to honour your love of Dahl’s characters.

There are a range of fabrics, each depicting different Roald Dahl characters, you are sure to find your favourite character to bring some nostalgia into your home.

 

I used the Matilda fabric for my own children’s playroom for the curtains, pelmet and floor cushions and they absolutely love it.

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roald dahl matilda fabric collection

 

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View full portfolio of this Roald Dahl playroom

 

Some other fabrics in the Roald Dahl collection include The Twits and James & The Giant Peach.

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Ashley Wilde ‘Blake’ Fabric Collection

If you are looking to inject some spring colour into your room and your room, consider the contemporary Blake fabric collection. It’s a vibrant collection of prints and woven fabrics. These fabrics used together can create a real statement.

I love this collection for bringing a sense of freshness and fun into a room.

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If you’ve been inspired by these Ashley Wilde fabric collections and are thinking of redecorating a room in your property, why not contact us to arrange a no-obligation home visit when I can bring the Ashley Wilde fabric sample books to your home.

Until next time. Love,

Sophie x

 

Sofas, Chairs and Beds from sofa.com

Sofas, Chairs and Beds from sofa.com

Sophie Sews is proud to announce we can now supply any ranges of sofas, chairs and beds from sofa.com. This means we can provide you with an even greater level of interior design and coordinating elements for your rooms. I am now going to run through the benefits of purchasing sofa.com products and show you some of the beautiful ranges.

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Sofas, Chairs and Beds from sofa.com

Customised

With sofa.com you make your own sofa by first choosing the style, then the size and then any of their fabrics. We love this as you create a bespoke product that fits with your room.

Fabric Swatches

Sophie Sews can provide you with a free 160 fabric samples pack to choose from. We can also advise you in choosing a fabric that is going to complement your curtains, blinds, cushions or other soft furnishings created by Sophie Sews.

 

You can see from the following examples that the fabric of a piece of furniture can really change the whole look of a room. They can be a statement piece in a bold and bright colour or they can coordinate with other elements in the room such as curtains, blinds, wallpaper or accessories.

Sofas

sofa.com’s sofas are handmade and therefore are of superior quality and attention to detail. We often spend a lot of time using our living rooms so it is worth investing in a quality sofa or sofas that are going to bring you comfort and a statement piece for your living room, bedroom or conservatory.

Sofas, Chairs and Beds from sofa.com

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sofa.com corner sofas supplied by sophie sews in woking surrey

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sofa.com sofas supplied by sophie sews in woking

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Armchairs

All of sofa.com’s armchairs come with a lifetime guarantee for complete peace of mind that you have made a good investment. Fabrics for their armchairs include soft velvet, fabric linen and supple leather. Once you have chosen your favourite style, all you need to do is then choose the fabric you like in the colour of your choice.

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sofa.com armchairs supplied by sophie sews in woking guildford

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sofa.com armchairs supplied by sophie sews in woking

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Dining Chairs & Benches

Many people do not realise that such a large range of fabrics exist for dining chairs. Instead of buying the standard ranges from high-street stores, why not customise your dining chairs with a fabric that is going to enhance the design of your kitchen or dining room.

Mixing dining chairs with dining benches has become popular in recent years and allows for greater flexibility for your dining space.

sofa.com dining chairs provided by sophie sews in woking surrey

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sofa.com dining sets provided by sophie sews in woking surrey

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sofa.com benches provided by sophie sews in woking surrey

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Beds

There seems to be an endless range of beds and sofabeds from sofa.com. Whether you are looking for a bed with or without storage, you are sure to find what you are looking for, and what’s more, in a fabric that is going to complement your room perfectly.

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sofa.com beds supplied by sophie sews in woking

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If you would like more information about sofas, chairs and beds from sofa.com then please do  not hesitate to contact Sophie Sews and we would be happy to help.

My Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2017

My Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2017

I’m excited for the year ahead and have been reading lots about the upcoming interior design trends for 2017 and wanted to tell you about my favourites! So read on to find out what will be in fashion this year in the world of interiors with my top 5.

 

Interior Design Trends for 2017

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Interior Design Trends for 2017

We all need inspiration when it comes to interior design. For me it comes from everywhere, nature, designer materials, fashion trends and of course the seasons.

 

1. Tropical Prints

Botanical and tropical prints were popular last Spring and they are going to continue to be popular well into 2017.

Interior design trends often get their inspiration from the fashion runways and in 2016 Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Emanuel Ungaro all played with tropical prints. These prints will mostly be seen on wallpapers and fabrics used for curtains, blinds and cushions. I certainly look forward to working with tropical and botanical prints!

I love this lined Roman blind we created with Sanderson fabric.

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2. Green

The 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year is ‘Greenery’ and its a lovely bright and cheery shade of green.

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Other shades of green will be on-trend this year too, you can use a shade of green on all wall or as a cushion or a rug. Adding this year’s ‘in’ colour as an accessory will mean you can easily change it later on when you want to update to the next on-trend colour.

 

3. Natural Materials

2017 is set to be dominated by different textures and materials such as marble, wood, cork, clay and other natural materials. Faux materials will be just as acceptable as the real deal this year so you don’t need to break the bank with real marble.

There are many benefits to faux materials, for example engineered quartz and withstand heat and foods that are high in acid, better than real marble.

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© Elle Decor

 

Young Huh, named one of Vogue’s five young interior designers on the rise in 2015, predicts that marble and also brass will be huge in 2017. “We’re going to see this trend in both kitchens and baths,” Huh predicts. “It’s that combination of something very natural and clean, like white marble, and something industrial, hard, and a little bit glamorous with the brass.”

So also look out for metals to still be everywhere this year. As well as brass we will be sure to see copper and gold.

 

4. Velvet & Comforting Fabrics

Velvet looks set to be huge in 2017 with it being incorporated into all manners of interior fabrics, such as sofas, cushions and even curtains. It’s part of the bigger trend in interiors for comfort from the world and the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’.

Due to this concept that’s burst into our consciousness, soft and cosy fabrics from 2016 will continue into 2017. So snuggle up to your faux furs and enjoy your time relaxing at home.

 

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© Elle Decor

 

Interior Design Trends for 2017

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5. Greys & Blues

Dulux’s ‘colour of the year palette’ for 2017 is made up of greys and blues. Their colour of the year is called ‘Denim Drift’. Here’s what Dulux said about their colour of the year and their colour of the year palette, “a beautiful, timeless and versatile grey-blue that takes on a different characteristic depending on how it’s used, perfectly capturing the mood of the moment and embodying our lives for 2017. The accompanying palette of tonal blue shades creates a truly accessible range that can be easily translated into architecture and interior decorating.”

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© Dulux

 

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Denim Drift © Dulux

 

Dulux also, like others, predict greens and tropical prints will be big this year.

 

The interior design trends for 2017 will certainly make this a fun year with lots of fun, cosy and colourful fabrics to work with to make my clients homes beautiful and relaxing places to live. I want to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a wonderful 2017!

Love,

Sophie x

Style Tips for Decorating Your Home At Christmas

You may be stuck in a rut when it comes to decorating your home at Christmas. You may have been doing it the same way year in year out. Read through our style tips for some inspiration this Christmas.

Style Tips for Decorating Your Home At Christmas

Colour Palette

If you are looking to create an elegant style then it’s best to stick to a chosen colour palette. For example this could be silver, white and blue with a wintery elegance. Or you could go for a more traditional colour palette with red, green and gold. You could bring a sense of fun into your home with a bright colour palette such as pink, turquoise and silver.

Choosing a colour palette will enable you to have a thought out, cohesive look throughout your home. This will also bring a sense of calm to your surroundings, which is definitely needed around Christmas time when life gets hectic and stressful.

 

Style Tips for Decorating Your Home At Christmas

Plan Ahead

Leaving the Christmas decorating to the last minute doesn’t lend itself to a thought-out stylish look. If you plan ahead with the look you are after, have your Christmas tree and decorations bought in time, then you have a better chance of it looking exactly how you want it.

If you plan ahead and get the Christmas decorating finished in plenty of time, then you are also leaving plenty of time for all the other important tasks at Christmas such as buying and wrapping presents, planning what you are going to buy for your Christmas lunch and attending Christmas parties.

If you put your Christmas tree up in plenty of time then you have someone you can leave the Christmas presents when you have wrapped them. You can also enjoy the Christmas decorations for longer. After all, you’ve spent all that time putting them up, you might as well enjoy them for longer.

 

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Nature

Bring nature into your home when decorating your home at Christmas with some mistletoe, holly and pine cones. Nature evokes feelings of calm and tranquillity which is needed around the hectic Christmas schedule. Mistletoe and holly also bring feelings of nostalgia and tradition into the home.

A great way to decorate your home at Christmas time is to buy a Christmas plant such as a poinsettia.

 

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Guests

When it comes to decorating your home at Christmas you may forget about decorating your guest bedroom if you don’t use it very much. Families often have relatives to stay over the Christmas holidays so it’s a nice touch to extend your decorating to your guest bedroom.

Don’t let your guest bedroom become the junk room this Christmas, turn it into a haven of peace and tranquillity this Christmas, after all Christmas can become hectic and stressful so your guests may want a space to escape to for some downtime. Make your friends or relatives feel special this Christmas by decorating their bedroom.

 

Traditions

Do you have any traditions when it comes to decorating your home at Christmas? You may have some favourite decorations that your children have made or even that you made while you were a child. I think it’s important to not get too bogged down with making everything perfect and to retain some sense of fun and tradition. After all, Christmas is all about family!

 

Most of all, enjoy your decorating your home this Christmas!

Keeping Your House Cool In Summer

Keeping Your House Cool In Summer

In you don’t have air-conditioning then keeping your house cool in summer is going to be somewhat of a challenge but don’t despair because we’re here to tell you how.

Keeping Your House Cool In Summer

Keep Your Blinds & Curtains Closed

Up to 30% of unwanted heat comes through windows. A really simple, easy tip is to keep your blinds and curtains shut when the sun is shining, especially for south facing windows.

Keeping Your House Cool In Summer

To prevent the sun shining through your windows and creating a green-house affect, keep your window coverings closed.

 

Air flow

At night you can open your curtains and blinds to allow a cool breeze to permeate your home. Just make sure you don’t have bright lights on in your house otherwise you’ll be attracting unwanted guests in the form of moths and midges.

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Bedding

During winter you can keep warm with flannel sheets and faux-fur blankets. In contrast in the summer months you can switch your bedding to cotton. Cotton is the perfect summer fabric as it breathes easier and stays cooler against your skin.

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With Sophie Sews bedroom throws and cushions, you can easily swap your sheets seasonally without breaking the bank. Your coordinating bed throw and cushions with pair beautifully with your curtains all year round.

 

Ceiling Fan

If you’re really serious about keeping cool in summer then you can install a ceiling fan.

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Lined Curtains

Lined curtains is a fantastic way of keeping heat out of your home in the summer, they insulate your house keeping more sunlight out. The other benefit of blocking more sunlight is that your curtains fabric will suffer less from fading in the sun.

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A special type of curtain lining is blackout material which will block out even more sunlight than ordinary lining, also making you less likely to wake up early because of bright, sunny mornings. This makes blackout curtains and blinds especially useful for nurseries and childrens bedrooms.

 

If you would like to discuss your curtains or blinds requirements, contact Sophie Sews now for a no-obligation design consultation.

 

Monday Mornings for Sophie Sews

Monday Mornings for Sophie Sews

Another month, another blog……So, this month I’m sitting here wracking my brains with what to write. Between the school trip, potential new PTA role at school, and trying to sneak off for a couple of weekends away…. Oh yes and work.

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How I love Monday mornings!

I honestly really do! I walk Poppy to school, get back and my mum is already at my house, awaiting my youngest daughter Ebonie with open arms! We make tea, chat about the weekend, then my favourite bit of the week…. I walk upstairs to my workroom! For 3 days of work! My little escape that has big ideas. Computer on, and it’s organisation go, go, go! Checking through everything getting ready for Wednesday’s fittings for Jack.

Jack fits all our curtains and blinds for our customers. He is brilliant at his job as he’s been doing it for years and is very experienced. Having a professional fitter like Jack fit your curtains means they are going to hang perfectly. Also it means that our customers can relax and have the work done for them! Blinds especially can be a pain to fit yourself.

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So what else do I do during my work week? Well there’s visiting customers, which involves loading the car with fabric books, samples, poles, pictures. There’s also quotes to prepare. And so the list goes on!

My favourite thing about my job is meeting new people, new spaces and learning about people’s ideas. What do they really want from their space? What colours do they love? What textures do they love?

Peoples’ style fascinates me! I often see a real theme flow through a home. Very carefully planned to reflect their style. And to tell you the truth, I think I’m still trying to find my own style in my own home. I think I just love interiors, colours, fabrics, textures and architecture so much that I can’t really make up my mind what I love the best when it’s for me! There is just so much choice when it comes to interiors. So many fabrics, poles, tie-backs and blinds to choose from!

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So back to my week of sewing, planning, measuring and ordering. Love my work, love my little business and love Mondays.

Love Sophie
X

Pineapple & Palm Tree Print Fabrics! It’s Barneby Gates

Pineapple & Palm Tree Print Fabrics! It’s Barneby Gates

Good morning!

I have been eager to tell you about these quirky and unique fabrics from Barneby Gates that really would be a talking point in your home! Imagine having this pineapple fabric made into a one-of-a-kind pair of curtains? How about having some cushions made out of the palm tree print fabric? Well now you can! And they have the wallpapers to match too!

Click on the images to see a close of version of the fabrics.

 

Pineapple Print Fabric by Barneby Gates

pineapple print fabric by barneby gates

The pineapple print fabric comes in 4 different colours and is a mixture of cotton and linen. Did you know that pineapples are traditionally a symbol of hospitality in the home? Why not revive that tradition and give your house guests something to talk about!

 

Palm Tree Print Fabric by Barneby Gates

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These palm tree print fabrics in a choice of 3 colour ways reminds us of Marakesh and exotic locations. What do they remind you of? Wouldn’t it be nice to reminded of a favourite holiday destination every day? We think so! We think they would look great as a blind in a bathroom or as cushions in a conservatory.

 

Bespoke Typecast Wallpaper by Barneby Gates

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To finish I’d like to tell you about the custom service that Barneby Gates offers. They will custom print this typecast letters wallpaper so you can select the colour of the print, and choose 6 symbolic words that they will work into the design for you. How great is that for your little ones nursery or bedroom! Decadent but so unique! Prices start at £120 per roll, with a 4 roll minimum order.

 

We are a stockist of Barneby Gates fabrics and wallpapers so we can show you the fabrics up close and in person from our very own Barneby Gates fabric book. Along with fabric books from other top of the range fabric manufacturers, we can bring the Barneby Gates fabrics into your home during a complementary consultation about your needs and requirements for your next interior design project.

Contact Sophie Sews now for your complimentary consultation in the comfort of your own home.

 

All the best,

Sophie x

Interior Design Trends Spring 2016

Interior Design Trends Spring 2016

We are currently still in Winter but I’ve already seen some beautiful signs of Spring emerging. I was driving along this week and saw the first wild flowers coming into bloom I’ve seen this year – crocuses.

This got me thinking about how exciting Spring is in the home. A time of Spring cleaning – renewal, freshness, light and airy. Therefore Spring is the perfect time to refresh or completely renewal your interior design. Spring is the time for letting go of the old and bringing in the new.

 

Interior Design Trends Spring 2016

We all need inspiration when it comes to interior design. For me it comes from everywhere, nature, designer materials, fashion trends and of course the seasons.

1. Botanical Prints

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Henry Holland, the British fashion designer will be launching a collaboration with Habitat later this year. Henry explains what he predicts for this Spring.

“Botanicals will continue to be a strong seasonal look but translated into psychedelic colours and clashing palettes for statement effect in place of a more natural, organic vibe…jungle trend for spring with animal prints and exotic palms alongside retro rattans and natural bamboos which will be taking centre stage as materials.” Daily Mail ‘The Biggest Interior Trends 2016.

2. Vibrant Colours

The ‘Pantone Spring 2016 Color Report’ is out and the colours are vibrant compared to Spring 2015.

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3. Pink & ‘Cherished Gold’

Shades of pink teamed with gold is going to be big in the design world this Spring. Dulux’s predicted colour of 2016 is ‘Cherished Gold’. Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design & Content Manager at Dulux, comments:

“Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour and material at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating. For 2016 Cherished Gold is a beautiful next step, a natural evolution and transition from Copper Blush, last years’ Colour of the Year. As metallics continue to add that feel good factor into our homes, this earthy gold inspired hue will offer that little touch of glamour in an authentic and personal way.

 

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We also see shades of soft pink contrasting with gold on Etsy’s blog Interior Trend Report for Spring/Summer 2016. They asked Pip McCormac, Lifestyle Director of Red Magazine, to break down the BIG home decor trends for spring/summer 2016.

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For more interior design inspiration for Spring 2016 have a look at the Sophie Sews Pinterest Board “Spring 2016”.

Benefits Of Thermal Lined Winter Curtains

Benefits Of Thermal Lined Winter Curtains

Good afternoon,

Firstly we’d like to wish all our customers and suppliers a very merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016. Also thank you to all our customers as 2015 has been a busy year thanks to you all and Sophie Sews continues to grow from strength to strength. We really do love what we do and making our customers’ interior design dreams come true!

 

In the summer we wrote a blog post about Lined Curtains for Hot Summer Weather. Well today I wanted to tell you about the benefits of thermal lined winter curtains for warmth, saving money and aesthetics.

 

Benefits Of Thermal Lined Winter Curtains

Benefits Of Thermal Lined Winter Curtains

One of the biggest benefits of thermal lined winter curtains are that they help the loss of heat through windows. The amount of heat loss that can be prevented has actually been measured. In 2008, Paul Baker from the Glasgow Caledonian University carried out a study on “The Thermal Performance of Traditional Windows and Practical Measures to Reduce Heat Loss and Air Leakage. He found that heavy curtains reduced heat loss by 14% and when combined with double glazing heavy curtains reduced heat loss by 66%.

 

Summary of Benefits of Thermal Lined Winter Curtains

  1. Thick curtains are one of the main ways to protect your house from losing heat through the windows
  2. Reduces fading of fabrics colour and pattern by protecting it more from sunlight
  3. Adds weight to the curtains which helps them hang more naturally from the pole or track
  4. If you have coloured or patterned curtains, having a neutral coloured lining looks more attractive from the outside of your home
  5. Saves money on your heating bills by reducing heat loss.
  6. Curtains last longer meaning you don’t need to change them as often, saving money

So as you can see lined curtains really are perfect for all seasons and all weather conditions. They really are an investment worth making because they will pay for themselves by saving you money on your heating bills in the winter. Also not to mention they will save you money on your electricity bills in the summer because you are less likely to use a fan to cool you down.

Benefits Of Thermal Lined Winter Curtains for warmth

If you require any advise about curtains or any other soft furnishing for your home then we offer free advice and consultations so contact Sophie Sews today.

Wishing you all a warm and cosy Christmas!

Love Sophie x

Top Interior Design Trends This Autumn

Hello,

This month as we are well into Autumn, although it doesn’t feel like it sometimes with the mild weather, I wanted to talk about the top interior design trends this Autumn. All the varied colours of the leaves at the moment are a great inspiration as well as new fabrics from designers.

I’ve created a board on my Sophie Sews Pinterest account called Autumn 2015: Interior Inspiration where I have gathered lots of beautiful trends to inspire you to make your home the home of your dreams this Autumn.

 

Top Interior Design Trends This Autumn

 

1. Shades of Grey

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Autumn interior design inspiration doesn’t have to be just be rich Autumn leaves colours, I’ve also pinned some lovely neutral and pastels looks too, which are very calming and relaxing. For the Autumn it’s all about creating a cozy nest where you can snuggle up as the nights get colder and darker.

This can be achieved through soft, fury throws and soft lighting such as candles and small table lights. I love these romantic, cozy looks which I have pinned from the Digs Digs website and the Villa Paprika website. The silver accessories give the room and touch of luxury and glamour.

 

2. Cosy Knits

Top Interior Design Trends This Autumn

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Cosy knits don’t just have to be worn as jumpers, cosy knits are working their way into soft, comfy cushion cases too. Whether in shade of grey as in the look above or in rich warm hues like in the look below, cosy knits are great way of introducing different textures into your soft furnishings. I see a cosy knit cushion and I instantly think of the cooler months wearing lovely warm knitted jumpers.

 

3. Warm Rich Hues

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When Autumn comes I love seeing the return of warm, rich hues that feel luxurious and perfect for the season. Notice the return of the cosy knit cushion but in a warmer, richer colour. I love the layered fabrics on the curtains.

Tartan is always a favourite of many at this time of year, its been given a modern twist in Amethyst and pink tones. You could achieve many looks in this room by keeping the walls and flooring neutral and just changing the soft furnishings and accessories.

 

Come over to Pinterest and have a look at the other Top Interior Design Trends This Autumn I have pinned to get your creative juices flowing to make your house more cozy and inviting this Autumn.

 

Love Sophie x

Sophie Sews Christmas Market in Woking

Sophie Sews Christmas Market in Woking

Good afternoon,

What a wonderful Autumn we are having. With all this warm weather you may not be wanting to even start thinking about Christmas yet. But dare I say it, there’s only 85 sleeps until Christmas! So for all those organised people among us we are holding a Sophie Sews Christmas Market in Woking at our workshop.

Christmas Market in Woking 2015

It will be held on Monday 12th October from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Location is 15 Torridon Close, Woking, Surrey, GU21 3DB.

Feel free to drop in anytime between 5.30 and 9.30pm to come and see all the wonderfully festive products we will have available to buy and bring along your friends and family. See if anyone you know is coming by looking on our Christmas Market event page on Facebook.

There will be Santa Sacks, Bunting, Stockings, Cushions, Bags, Gifts and most importantly – CAKE! Some of the companies we have selling their beautiful home made wares are Pretty as a Picture, Debbie Sheldrake and Stacys Cakes. Sophie Sews will have Christmas bunting and cushions for sale.

We can’t wait to see you at the Sophie Sews Christmas Market in Woking for lots of festive fun!

Cabbages and Roses Fabrics

Cabbages and Roses Fabrics

Good afternoon everyone,

Hope you are enjoying the summer. We’ve been very busy with lots of customers wanting all manner of soft furnishings for their home.

So its that time again when I show you some more designer fabrics which I absolutely love and which our customers have really loved too.

Today I’m going to show you some gorgeous Cabbages and Roses fabrics in a country house vintage style. They are UK company that have stores in Chelsea but you don’t need to go to London to look at their fabrics as we have lots of fabric sample books in our workroom in Woking Surrey. Cabbages and Roses supply a vast array of fabrics from florals to stripes to plain linens. Their key ethos is quality, uniqueness and fair prices meaning you can have beautiful designer fabrics in your home without breaking the bank.

Cabbages and Roses Fabrics used in Living Rooms

I love the country house vintage look that these fabrics help create. The look is seamless with the addition of coordinating cushions in the same fabric collection or contrasting colours. The fabrics look great against either a plain neutral decor or with richer colour schemes.

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cabbages and roses fabrics

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Cabbages and Roses Fabrics used in Bedrooms

This is a lovely use of a window area, its been made into comfy nook perfect for relaxing with a book or a cup of tea. The addition of the curtains instead of a blind can make it into a real hideaway from the chaos.

At Sophie Sews we can create some lovely window seat pads in a fabric of your choice. If you haven’t already chosen your fabric and need help deciding we have lots of fabric books in our workroom that we can bring to your home to help you choose. And of course we can offer advice on interior design if you require it.

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C&R Toile de Poulet blind

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I hope this has given you some inspiration and shown how easy it is to recreate the vintage country house look with these wonderful designer Cabbages and Roses fabrics and at a reasonable price. As always we are at hand to help you with all things soft furnishings and interior design so contact us with your requirements.

Love,
Sophie

Jones Interiors Bright Colourful Summer Fabrics

Jones Interiors Bright Colourful Summer Fabrics

Good afternoon everyone,

Summer is most definitely under way in our part of the world, the temperature is warm and the sun is out (most of the time). So I wanted to tell you about some wonderful Jones Interiors bright colourful summer fabrics. They have some truly beautiful fabrics which I would like to share with you.

But first a little bit of information about Jones Interiors. They have a great heritage in this country, they were founded in 1909, originally operating from two small cottages in Nottingham city centre when they were then called Jones & Co. They were then supplying buttons for ladies’ clothing. In 1912 the founder’s son joined the company and soon after they were known for quality and service earning them a great reputation to the extent that they now employ around 70 workers.  In 1987 the curtain accessory division ‘Jones Interiors’ was established. Their product range has grown and grown and they offer some truly wonderful fabrics as well as curtain accessories.

 

Jones Interiors Bright Colourful Summer Fabrics

So let me show you some of their fabrics that are inspired from summer and this wonderful weather we are having at the moment.

 

Cavendish Fabric Collection

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The Cavendish fabric collection is about as bright and colourful as you can get! Available in 16 colours including gorgeous hot pinks and mint greens which you can see here, as well as electric blue, terracotta, amongst others. The fabric is reversible for either primary brights or soft tonals for added versatility and creativity. Either way these fabrics will make a bold statement and prevent your room from looks dreary. This fabric can be used for curtains, cushions or throws. Matching curtain accessories are available for a complete look.

 

Forte Fabric Collection

Forte fabric collection by jones interiors

 

The Forte Fabric Collection is a soft chenille available in 24 colours including brights like fuchsia, cerise, chambray blue, orange, chilli and teal. The chenille is made using a mixture of polyester and viscose and is dry clean only. This new fabric collection can be used for curtains, cushions and throws. This super soft fabric would make a wonderfully comforting throw for children and adults alike.

 

Parade Fabric Collection

jones interiors parade fabric collection

 

The Parade fabric collection has a lovely shimmer and sheen to it giving a subtle radiance to the fabric. Available in 26 colours including burnt orange and aubergine shown here as well as others such as hawian blue, kiwi, mustard and blossom. The colours look great when mixed together like on these cushions. The fabric is suitable for curtains, cushions and throws and matching accessories are available for a complete room.

 

I hope this has given you some inspiration on how to use bright, bold colours for a room which goes against the grain of all these magnolia rooms we see these days. Don’t be afraid to use colour and dare to be different by using some Jones Interiors bright colourful summer fabrics in your rooms. If you’d like to discuss any of your interior design ideas with us please contact Sophie Sews, we are here to help and advise.

 

Love Sophie x

Child Safety UK Legislation for Blinds

Child Safety UK Legislation for Blinds

Good morning,

Child safety is something we take very seriously at Sophie Sews as we have little ones of our own and know that you can’t be too careful. We ensure all our blinds and our customer’s blinds comply with the child safety UK legislation for blinds. We explain the child safety UK legislation and the steps you can take to make the blinds and curtains in your home safe.

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You may be wondering what could happen? There have been some very tragic cases of children getting strangled on blind cords which promoted a safety campaign which led to these laws. Research indicates that most deaths happen in the bedroom in children between the ages of 16 to 36 months. The majority are around 23 months old.

 

Child Safety UK Legislation for Blinds

So what are the rules governing the child safety UK laws for blinds BS EN 13120? We will summarise the rules for you which came into force in February 2014.

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Where do the legislations apply?

Where internal blinds are installed in premises where children aged from 0 to 42 months are to be present or likely to have access or when the destination of the blind is unknown. Examples of premises where this would apply are homes, schools, playgroups, shops, hotels, hospitals, churches, and general public places.

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Are there any exceptions?

The law does not apply to internal blinds in premises where children are unlikely to be or have access for example laboratories, factories and other places of work but specific labels must be used as a notice of this.

Which blinds does it cover?

The standard covers roller blinds, pleated blinds, Venetian blinds, roman shades, panel blinds, roll-up blinds, plantation shutters, vertical blinds, honeycomb blinds and Austrian/Festoon blinds.

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How are blinds now made to be compliant?

Where there is a loop, cord or chain present or could be created, it must be removed or made safe which a safety device installed at the point of manufacture. The safety devices either tension the cord or chain, break under pressure or provide the facility to store the cord or chain out of reach of children. For cords, chains or loops there is now a maximum length and all blinds must also continue to carry safety warnings.

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How do I make my blinds and curtains safe?

If you have children living in your home or visit your home, we would strongly advise you to follow these safety precautions:

  • Buy blinds that don’t have a cord, loop or chain particularly in children’s bedrooms or playrooms
  • Don’t have a cot, bed, playpen or highchair near a blind
  • Cords on curtains as well as blinds should be kept short and kept out of reach of children
  • Tie up cords or use cleats, cord tidies, clips, ties or safety devices
  • Don’t hang toys or objects that could be a hazard on a cot or child’s bed

We don’t recommend that cords are cut as its advisable that there is a permanent safety precaution implemented such as taking the cord out of reach. Blinds can stop working if the cord is cut in the wrong place, if one cord becomes a lot longer due to cutting it can increase the risk of entanglement and cords that have been cut can become tangled up creating another loop.

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It is also important to raise awareness among other parents, grandparents and carers. Please contact Sophie Sews if you need a safety device fitted. Let’s keep our children safe.

Love Sophie x

Today Interiors Fabric Collections

Today Interiors Fabric Collections

Good afternoon,

Sophie Sews now stocks fabrics and wallpapers from Today Interiors so I’m going to show you some of the Today Interiors fabrics collections that have really caught my eye. Their fabric portfolio includes plush high-performance crushed velvet furnishing fabrics from Italy and weaves from Belgium amongst others. Today Interiors are suppliers to major retailers including John Lewis Partnership, Liberty, Heals and leading independents throughout the UK and Ireland.
 

Today Interiors Fabric Collections

Today Interiors have a wide range of luxurious furnishing and curtain fabrics to choose from softly shimmering crushed velvets, realistic faux fur, suede and leather.
 

Sparkle Glow Fabric Collection

Today Interiors Sparkle Fabric

Sparkle Glow is a collection of luxury designer fabrics consisting of 6 designs and varying qualities from lighter weight fabrics for curtains, through to textured velvets.

Velvets include sculptured dots which form vertical stripes, a classic dogtooth design and a sumptuous mottled effect which can be used for upholstery, curtains and furnishings for some real show-stopping interior design. In contrast are textured weaves with sparkling silver thread and a light-weight fabric composed of two-tone soft peaks. They are available in a range of colour palette from neutrals to warm purple and silver-black.

 

Palermo Fabric Collection

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The Palermo fabric collection from Today Interiors comes in 20 different colours of soft velvet to give any room a luxurious and rich look. An added dimension is given with the subtle fine stripe running through. This sumptuous velvet is suitable for curtains as well as upholstery. It fits with traditional interior design as well as rooms with a contemporary flair. I really love the rich, warm colours that come with this fabric collection.

 

Wild Fabric Collection

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This Wild fabric collection by Today Interiors is a full range of animal print fabrics in faux fur. Animal prints are popular on upholstery and soft furnishings such as throws and cushions on plain sofas. This look gives an added wow factor for those wanting a striking, glamorous design. This fabric is versatile and has a lovely soft, tactile feel, perfect for those nights snuggling up in front of the television. The Wild collection comes in 13 distinctive patterns including Cheetah, Cream Leopard, Brown Leopard, Sand Leopard, Brown Cow, Black Cow, Cream Zebra, Optic Zebra, Big Giraffe, Little Giraffe, Dalmatian  and Antelope. Some of the prints have a subtle wave along the length of the fabric.

 

I hope these fabrics have given you some inspiration for what you would like to achieve in your home, whether it be a striking, glamorous look or a more subtle, traditional style. If you would like a free consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact Sophie Sews.

 

Love Sophie x

 

Lined Curtains for Hot Summer Weather

Lined Curtains for Hot Summer Weather

Good afternoon,

Wow what amazing hot weather we are having these last couple of days here in the UK! I thought it would be the perfect time to tell you about lined curtains for hot weather and how they are perfect for extremes of temperatures, both hot and cold.

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Lined Curtains for Hot Summer Weather

Many people do not realise that lined curtains are not only beneficial for the cold months but also lined curtains for hot weather keep the heat out of your home. In the same way that lined curtains insulate your home to keep it warm in winter, they insulate your home to keep it cooler in summer by blocking out more of the sunlight.

 

Summary of Benefits of Lined Curtains

  1. Keeps your home cooler in summer
  2. Blocks out more sunlight which is useful for bright summer sunlight in the mornings
  3. Reduces fading of fabrics colour and pattern by protecting it more from sunlight
  4. Adds weight to the curtains which helps them hang more naturally from the pole or track
  5. If you have coloured or patterned curtains, having a neutral coloured lining looks more attractive from the outside of your home
  6. Keeps your home warmer in winter which can save you money on your heating bills
  7. Curtains last longer meaning you don’t need to change them as often, saving money

 

So you can see how its worth investing in a pair of lined curtains for hot summer weather for your home. There are not only benefits in the living conditions of your home and added aesthetics but also saves you money on your heating bills and they last longer.

 

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Blackout Lining

A special type of lining is blackout lining which is used for blocking out more sunlight than ordinary lining. This is not only great for nurseries and children’s bedrooms but everyone in the family can benefit! How many times have you woken up in the early hours of the morning because of the bright summer sun!

Like ordinary curtain lining, blackout lining helps to maintain a bedroom’s coolness during summer and keeps a room warmer in winter by insulating it.

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If you require any advise about curtains or any other soft furnishing for your home then we offer free advice and consultations so contact Sophie Sews today.

Hope you are enjoying the wonderful hot weather at the moment and not melting too much.

 

Love Sophie x

Garden Cushions and Bunting

Garden Cushions and Bunting

Good evening,

We have been having some lovely hot summer days lately so I wanted to show you some garden cushions and bunting we make for gardens for summer parties and bbqs.

 

Garden Cushions and Bunting

In the UK we don’t get many days of hot, sunny weather so we try and make the most of it when we can with bbqs and garden parties. Your guests will want to be sitting comfortably at your event on nice soft cushions.

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Bespoke Hand-made Garden Cushions

At Sophie Sews we make bespoke hand-made garden cushions to fit your outdoor garden furniture. We come to your property to measure up and discuss fabrics with you. We have a large selection of fabric books which we can bring with us to give you some inspiration if you have not already found the perfect fabrics for your outdoor furnishings.

Garden Cushions

We can make co-ordinated cushions to go with your made-to-measure bench cushions for a perfectly co-ordinated look. We can also make some throws to keep your guest warm when it gets a bit chilly late in the evening, from matching fabric.

 

Bespoke Handmade Garden Party Bunting

At Sophie Sews we also make bespoke handmade garden party bunting for your special occasion or just for summer fun! These buntings really add beautiful vintage-look decoration to your outdoor space. They can be made in any fabric and colours you choose and can be used again and again for real value for money.

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If you would like to discuss your garden furnishing requirements with us or have any questions, please dont hesitate to contact Sophie Sews.

 

Here’s to long, hot summer days and evenings!

Love,

Sophie x

Designers Guild Portfolio

Designers Guild Portfolio

Good morning,

I hope you’re having a good start to the weekend. I hope those of you with children have enjoyed half term! So its that time again when I show you some beautiful fabrics by one of the fabric companies we use and show you our Designers Guild portfolio. The Designers Guild fabrics are very popular with our customers and we are always happy to work with their fabrics as they are beautiful, quality materials.

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Designers Guild Portfolio

We have been working with the Designers Guild fabrics for a while now and their extensive range has proved to be extremely popular with many of our customers. One of the owners of the company has recently been featured in the French edition of Elle magazine so I thought this is a perfect time to tell you about this company and their wonderful interior design products.

Since 1970 Designers Guild have built up an extensive range of fabrics, wallcoverings, upholstery and bed and bath products. They have an ethical trading policy which means they check every one of their manufacturers to make sure they do not use child labour or any other unethical exploitation. Most of their products are made from natural fibres and are recyclable.

 

Designers Guild Fabrics

I have used Designers Guild fabrics for many customers so I will show you some of the fabrics used in our very own Sophie Sews interior design projects.

 

In this Designers Guild guest bedroom I’ve used Bisenzio Marine fabric which is a Polyester/Linen mix. This room features goblet heading, blackout lined and interlined floor length curtains with white blackout roman blinds underneath. Co-ordinating cushions and throw teaming up with the Voyage Apollo fabric.

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In this other Designers Guild guest bedroom I’ve used Ombrione Cerisse for lined and interlined floor length, goblet heading curtains. Matching cushions, throw and doorstop to complete the bespoke bedroom.

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I have used the Ombrione fabric again in this living room but in the Ocean variation. This is a Designers Guild lounge with goblet pleat curtains ‘pleated to pattern’. All the curtains are lined and interlined for an extremely luxurious look. With matching cushions, throws and doorstops.

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If you need any help choosing fabric, Sophie Sews offers a consultancy service with all work carried. Contact Sophie Sews to discuss your project.

 

Love,

Sophie x

Sophie Sews Interior Designer Curtain Maker Reviews

Sophie Sews Interior Designer Curtain Maker Reviews

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a good bank holiday weekend. Today I wanted to tell you about all the wonderful Sophie Sews interior designer curtain maker reviews we have been receiving on Yell.com.

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Sophie Sews Interior Designer Curtain Maker Reviews

We have now received 7 reviews on yell.com, all with 5 stars! Thank you to our wonderful customers for taking the time to review us, we really do appreciate it. Here they are for you to read:

“Sophie and her team have just made some beautiful curtains, blinds and co-ordinating cushions for our lounge. Sophie was very helpful in hanging the curtains and blinds which have been made to an extremely high standard. We can highly recommend Sophie and it was such a pleasure to work with her. Many thanks Sophie.” Michele Parker

“Thank you so much for the beautiful curtains and cushions that Sophie made us. Very good service from measuring to hanging.” Diane Stokes

“We are so happy with our curtains! Sophie gave us great friendly advice on design and colour scheme, Fitted them with ease and now they look amazing. So happy with them, we will definitely be using her services again!” Alex Neumann

“Sophie was professional, knowledgeable and friendly. From measuring up to completing and hanging our curtains, her service was faultless. I would highly recommend Sophie Sews for all your Curtains and Blinds.” Susie Angelic

“I can highly recommend this company for fantastic quality, choice and prices, top customer service too many thanks” Nikki B

“Sophie Sews made some AMAZING Santa sacks for my kids, I love them, really well made and a great personalised thing for Christmas that they can keep, definitely recommend .” The Graham Family

“Sophie is a lovely hard working and talented lady who offers a high quality service . I had personalised Santa sacks made for my 2 last year and they are gorgeous – really well made and good value for money. Santa sacks highly recommended and Dylan and Lauren loved them as they are huge!!!” The Crossan Family

 

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Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to leave us one of the Sophie Sews interior designer curtain maker reviews, we would love to receive more if you have been a customer of Sophie Sews. In particular, we have a Sophie Sews Google Plus page which we would love to receive reviews on. Please click on this link https://plus.google.com/111873368103084683180 and then click on the pencil symbol underneath the company info on the top left.

Thanks so much!

Love Sophie x

 

Art of the Loom Fabrics – Sophie Sews is now supplying these lovely designs

Art of the Loom Fabrics – Sophie Sews is now supplying these lovely designs

Good afternoon,

I hope you have had a good weekend. I would like to start off this week by telling you about Art of the Loom Fabrics as Sophie Sews is now a supplier of these wonderful fabrics.

I really enjoy building up our network of fabric manufacturers and Art of the Loom have some lovely fabrics which we have been getting many requests for.

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Art of the Loom Fabrics

Art of the Loom have been a family run business in the North of England for seven generations and are most known for their checks, tweeds and floral fabrics in wools and linens. They have over thirty collections that are used for upholstery, curtains, cushions and more. They also offer a collection of Harris Tweed fabrics, perfect for any country-chic. The quality of their fabrics are really great and the choice of fabrics is extensive. The British made fabrics are woven using only 100% natural fibres such as wool, linen, cotton and viscose.

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art of the loom fabrics

 

I really love the fish print fabric in that last image so let me show you that collection in more detail.

 

Art of the Loom Country Pursuits Collection

I love this Art of the Loom Country Pursuits collection which features Gamebirds, River Fish, Working Dogs and Highland Herd. They are really unusual and give a really quirky twist to any country interior design project. Perfect for the person in your life who loves fishing or hunting as a past-time. It’s always nice to work on a project for a customer that has some personality of the customer coming though in the design.

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As always if you need help with any of your interior design projects then contact Sophie Sews for a free consultation.

Love Sophie x

 

The Fine Detail of Interior Designing

The Fine Detail of Interior Designing

I am often asked what is the difference between a ‘wow’ room and an ‘ok’ room – the answer is it’s the detail. The fine detail of interior designing. There is generally no other way to describe it.

The Fine Detail of Interior Designing by Sophie

If you care about the small details, then the room looks finished to a high specification. If small details are dismissed as unimportant then the room lacks quality.
This is so often the case when a house has been extended. Too many people get a quote from a builder, and depending on the price, go ahead. They do not at the outset get a quote for the details.

Here’s an example, I worked on a project making voile curtains for a kitchen and a dining room and the homeowners thought about the finer detail before the extension was built. The coving in the kitchen had been brought forward to enable a track to be put behind it. The triple pinch pleat voiles therefore run underneath the coving for a floor to ceiling look. The adjoining dining room has tracks sunk into the ceiling to create the floor to ceiling look using the Voyage voile Swarovski crystal fabric.

The Fine Detail of Interior Designing

 

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The Fine Detail of Interior Designing

 

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There are all the other things to think about when getting a quote, for example the curtain poles, the decorating, the curtains, the furniture. This all then makes your finished product. A few weeks after the build is done, you don’t see the walls you see the room with what’s in it. And if the detail is %**#}]*+$€ then so is the finished look!

I have been to houses where in one room, there are two windows with different curtains poles; where chrome light fittings are turned on with brass switches; where skirting boards are different shapes on one side of the room to the other!

So, words of advice. Get a quote so you know your expenditure on any build. Work backwards. Look at pictures of what you want the room to look and feel like at the end.

As always, if you need a helping hand, that’s where we come in! So contact Sophie Sews if you require our assistance. We can help with all aspects of your interior design.

Best of luck for your next build or interior design project.

Love Sophie x

Ralph Lauren Fabrics for Curtains Blinds and Upholstery

Ralph Lauren Fabrics for Curtains Blinds and Upholstery

Good afternoon everyone,

Its the time of year again when lots of people are thinking about where to go on holiday if they haven’t booked already. Sophie Sews has used lots of Designers Guild fabrics and I was looking through some of their fabric sample books. The new Ralph Lauren fabrics remind me of hot sunny days on holiday in France. So I would like to show you  some Ralph Lauren Fabrics for Curtains Binds and Upholstery to remind us all of those wonderful summer days to come.

 

 

Ralph Lauren Fabrics for Curtains Blinds and Upholstery

The new Ralph Lauren fabric collection that reminds me of summer holidays is called Sur La Cote. Designers Guild describe the collection as “The charismatic Riviera expressed through both prints and weaves.” The collection was inspired by Mediterranean waterside towns and villages which incorporate graphic prints and nautical motifs in classic maritime colours.

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Ralph Lauren fabrics for curtains blinds and upholstery designers guild

 

 

 

Ralph Lauren Signature Coast Fabrics

Some other Ralph Lauren fabric collections from Designers Guild remind of summer holidays, such as the Signature Coast Fabrics, Designers Guild describe them as “A ralph lauren signature collection, bringing together a beautiful array of printed linen and cotton designs, from elegant stitchwork sheers, to ornate vintage florals.”

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Ralph Lauren Signature Coastal Co-Ordinates Fabrics

To co-ordinate with the Signature Coast fabrics, Ralph Lauren has the Signature Coastal Co-Ordinates fabrics. These include stripes, checks, plaids as well as plain fabrics such as weathered linen and and washed neutral canvas.

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Now if these Ralph Lauren Fabrics for curtains blinds and upholstery are not enough to inspire your next choice of holiday destination then I dont know what will. If you would like to use any of these fabrics for your curtains, blinds or upholstery then do let us know as we can source these fabrics from Designers Guild and custom make them for the windows and seats in your home. We can also source any other Designers Guild fabrics so do have a look at their website.

 

Love Sophie x

 

 

James Hare Fabrics and Wallcoverings

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Have you been doing any DIY or interior design this weekend? I wanted to tell you that we are now a stockist of James Hare fabrics and wallcoverings. We are really happy to be stocking James Hare Fabrics and Wallcoverings now for our customers as they are an internationally renowned silk specialist.

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I’m going to tell you a little bit about the company and then I’m going to show you some of my favourite collections of theirs. James Hare has been established since 1865 so they are a bit of a tradition in this country. In the 1910’s James Hare became a cloth manufacturing mill and the biggest stockist of Harris Tweed in the world. Their factory was known as the ‘Cloth Headquarters of the British Isles’, it was the largest textile distribution house in Great Britain. In the 1930’s they boasted that if a London tailor placed an order at 9am, by 9.10am the material would be on its way to the train station!

In the 1980’s the woollen manufacturing firm was sold, along with the brand “Hare of England” and the company re established itself as a silk merchant becoming the leading supplier of the bridal and fashion trade. Today, James Hare is Britain’s leading silk specialist and produces luxury textiles for the fashion and interiors industries. They are favourites with leading designers and decorators, James Hare’s fabrics are famous worldwide.

Now on to my favourite part, the beautiful fabrics and wallcoverings!

 

James Hare Fabrics and Wallcoverings

 

James Hare Pimlico Interiors Collection

The Pimlico collection is a modern take on classic styles, traditional fabrics are given a modern twist ensuring the look is sophisticated and chic.  I absolutely love these pastel colours, they are so feminine and sweet. These are great inspiration for a girl’s bedroom.

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James Hare Evolution Interiors Collection

This is one of their new collections, drawing inspiration from a range of eras in James Hare’s history. A combination of classic and modern looks, these fabrics are ideal for curtains, bed-heads, blinds and other decorative detailing. I love the textures of these fabrics and also the way the light reflects off, absolutely stunning.

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 James Hare Silk Wallcoverings

Now as James Hare are famous for silk I’d like to show you some of their lovely silk wallcoverings. They have natural texture and intense depths of colour and have over 500 plain colours, as well as woven and embroidered patterns. They are great for creating a dramatic feature wall and I think they give a luxurious, expensive look to a room.

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I hope these James Hare Fabrics and Wallcoverings may have given you inspiration for your next interior design project. Don’t forget we offer a full interior design service, offering not only made-to-measure curtains, blinds and cushions, but also carpets and wallcoverings.

If you would like to discuss your interior design ideas with us then please contact Sophie Sews.

Love,

Sophie x

Window Dressings for Large Multi Functional Spaces

Window Dressings for Large Multi Functional Spaces

Good afternoon,

Now if you have been wondering what we have been up to, I wanted to tell you all about our best job to date.

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A Beautiful Space – Window Dressings for Large Multi-functional Spaces

We are often asked about how to choose window dressings for large multi functional spaces like this incredible space. We were asked by the owners to supply and fit made to measure curtains. This beautiful space is a kitchen with sitting/eating area. It is quite large as you can see with many windows so the fabric choice was pale and neutral to keep the space feeling airy and light. A darker or heavily patterned fabric would have made the space look smaller and less bright. We needed to make sure the space was not overpowered by the window dressing.  Window dressings for large multi functional spaces also need to be suitable for the multi functionality of the space.

 

Window Dressings for Large Multi Functional Spaces

 

Fabric and Fixings

The Sophie Sews team measured the space and came up with recommendations for the owners. Once the right fabric and style for the space was agreed, we then went to work on making the custom curtains. These curtains are pinch pleat using fabric from Freyett’s, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of furnishings.

 

Fryett’s

Fryett’s make a comprehensive collection of plain fabrics with various textures and patterns. They have 60 years experience and have evolved to be one of the leading designers of curtain and upholstry fabrics. They also have a large range of patterned fabrics which I will write about in a future blog post.

 

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Channel Rod System

Our customers were very happy with the result and so were we. The channel rod system was a great solution for these windows. They have continuous smooth running and glide effortlessly. With rod systems you can either have them corded or motorised. The motorised track systems can be operated with a wall switch, remote control or a time switch. Very handy if you have lots of curtains or heavy curtains! They have silent motors and integrated emergency control in case of power cuts.

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I hope this has given you an idea of how to choose window dressings for large multi functional spaces and if you would like more help then don’t hesitate to contact Sophie Sews – interior designers in Woking.

 

Sophie x

 

 

Warwick Fabrics – We are now official stockists

Warwick Fabrics – We are now official stockists

Good afternoon everyone,

I would like to announce that we are now an official stockist of Warwick Fabrics. They are a supplier of exclusive furnishing fabrics in classic and innovative designs. I absolutely love their designs and wanted to show you some of my their new collections which have inspired me lately.

Warwick Fabrics New Titanium Collection

One of Warwick Fabrics‘ new spring 2015 collections is “Titanium”. It’s a collection of luxury fabrics including foil prints on velvet, modern weaves and paisley.

Warwick Fabrics

Most of the fabrics are dual purpose suitable for curtains and upholstery. The colours are neutral metallic shades with darker tones to add depth. Any of these fabrics from this collection would look fabulous in a modern living room or bedroom. We make curtains, blinds and cushions in these fabrics as our customers absolutely love them.  We also carry out upholstery including window seats.

Warwick Fabrics Titanium
Warwick Fabrics Cushions

 

Warwick Fabrics New Babylon Collection

I wanted to show you another of Warwick Fabrics‘ new collections that has inspired me lately and that’s “Babylon”. It features old English country style with prints incorporating the Union Jack and horses. These fabrics would look great in a library room or vintage study. The fabrics are really rich, warm and create a snug, inviting look.

Warwick Fabrics Babylon Collection

Warwick Fabrics Babylon

I hope this has inspired you for your next interior design project. We are always on hand to come to your home with fabrics books and discuss with you your design ideas so that we can work together in producing your dream room. You can contact Sophie Sews through this website or directly at sophie@sophiesews.com or our phone numbers are on our contact page.

Love Sophie

Childrens bedrooms blackout blinds and curtains

Good morning everyone,

Spring is finally starting to spring in our part of the world, the weather is getting warmer and the cherry trees are in blossom. With the days getting longer and the mornings getting brighter and earlier, I thought it’s the perfect time to talk to you about the benefits of having childrens bedrooms blackout blinds and curtains. And of course not forgetting in babies nurseries!

childrens bedrooms blackout blinds and curtains

Having a great blackout blind or curtain can be an absolute god-send and they really do help little ones sleep longer. Whether we’re a newborn or just a big, tired, and grumpy baby, we all need a good nights sleep! We could all do with that little bit extra sleep to set us up for a good day and make us feel ready to tackle whatever comes our way.

Childrens bedrooms blackout blinds and curtains

Childrens bedrooms blackout blinds and curtains as an investment

Children grow up fast but some of the soft furnishings for childrens rooms that you put in place in these early days will be with them for many years. Childrens bedrooms blackout blinds and curtains really are worth the investment not just for everyone getting more sleep during the childhood years, they are a teenager’s dream come true!

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You can have a blackout blind or pair of curtains in any fabric you have chosen. Or if you haven’t chosen a fabric yet we can come to where you live to help you choose some beautiful fabric to complement your room perfectly. We offer a full range of interior design services so we can help you with the whole room if needed.

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All our blinds and curtains are made to measure for the perfect fit, one of our team will measure your window and come to fit your blind or curtain when it is complete. We also supply and fit tie-backs, pelmets and trimmings for a complete look for your room. If you would like matching cushions we will also make those for you.

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Whatever your requirement, we can help. Contact Sophie Sews now to discuss how we can create the perfect bespoke soft furnishings for your room.

Byron & Byron Curtain Poles Are Funky

Now you may think that curtain poles are not a very interesting subject, well think again! Byron & Byron are a fabulous interiors company that supply some really funky curtain poles. Just look at the images below at these glass curtain poles with coloured fairy lights inside and also glitter and coloured rope inside glass curtain poles. These are in the Halo range by Byron & Byron. Now you can even make your curtain poles funky if you wish!

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If you like a comtemporary style but are not sure about the glass curtain poles and ends then have a look at the image I’ve added of the patterned curtain poles, just as funky! And the image of an animal skin curtain pole, whatever next! Great for all of you out there who love animal prints!

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If you are more of the traditional type then they also supply some beautiful classic wooden and metal curtain poles. They have some curtain pole ends made of rope which are lovely, I’ve added an image of one of those. I also love the floral curtain poles ends in beautiful metalic finishes.

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I hope these images from Byron & Byron has given you some inspiration for your next interior design project! And if you need any help, let me know!

Love Sophie

 

 

Sarah Hardaker Fabrics

Sarah Hardaker Fabrics

Good Morning Everyone,

I wanted to take time today in talking about a wonderful fabric designer known as Sarah Hardaker. I have just become an official stockist for this fabric also, so want to tell you why I choose her and what the designs of this company can offer in your homes and provide some interior design insight and ideas.

Sarah Hardaker concentrates on fabrics and wallpaper, her designs are vintage inspired linen, the leading UKs fabric designer. Having worked for Habitat, Nine Campbell and Osbourne and Little, Sarah decided to branch off and create her own company and produce her on products for the interior design industry. Which is absolutely great for someone like me….

All her fabrics are manufactured in the UK, the linen is woven in Scotland and the designs are printed in England, using traditional printing methods This has created a portfolios such as:

Florence

Florence Fabric

Sarah Hardaker – Florence

Orissa

Sarah Hardaker - Orissa Fabric

Orissa Fabric

My particular favourite collection is the polka dots! It’s is perfect for so many different rooms. From children’s rooms to kitchen blinds it really works. Because everything is bespoke you can mix and match the striped fabrics for cushions and the blinds in the polka dots. It makes creating a scheme really easy with a really great overall finish.

If you are a Sarah Hardaker fabric lover like myself and want to take a look at the fabrics and require some interior design consultancy and where to use these fabrics, within your home or office or building, then please feel free to contact me via my website or on my email sophie@sophiesews.com

Love Sophie

Cabbages and Roses Fabric Stockist

Cabbages and Roses Fabric Stockist

Hello my lovely followers, how have you all been? Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!!

I am so excited as I have just received my gorgeous Cabbage and Rose fabric Book which now makes me an official stockist of this wonderful British company. Cabbage and Rose has been trading for 4 years and I was drawn to them as they produce some fabulous patterned fabrics.

Their new colour collection is keeping on-trend with their quirky, vintage inspired patterns. I am personally drawn to the stripes fabrics, they are so versatile and they can go in any room in your house, which is a wonderful investment and a long term gain.

Just some history on Cabbage and Roses fabric company; they were established in 2000 by the wonderful Christina Strutt who set up a mail order business from her wonderful kitchen, where the original bees fabric was created and it went from strength to strength, or should I say from fabric to fabric to even more wonderfully fabulous fabric.

Their new collection they have designed will be an absolute must for your homes in 2015.

If you are interested in seeing some of the fabrics in the ‘flesh’ then feel free to contact me and look at my look book, I don’t just have the new collection I have all of them, so you can decide what one will suit your home, I can also come to your home too and offer some interior design advice.

I have more fabric collections to announce over the up and coming weeks, so keep an eye out.

For now have a wonderful weekend everyone, I will be back soon.
Sophie Sews

Mumpreneur Award

Wow, today I had the best email ever. I have been nominated for a Mumpreneur Award. This is absolutely amazing and I am totally overwhelmed.

As you all know I have two wonderful children and husband and set up my business in 2012.

I have always been inspired by beautiful fabrics, from a young age I was always making little things with fabrics and buttons. As I grew older and started school I did GCSEs in textiles and art getting an A* then onto college where I did a BTEC in Interior Design.  I really love working for myself and creating items for the home.

Soon friends and family were asking my opinion on fabrics and what would look good in their homes, I started making cushions and curtains and soon I had a reputable business.  I asked my Facebook friends to help with the name of my business.  My Auntie named it Sophie Sews!!

I have been trading for 2 years and last year took my business to social media selling and decided to create a website, which allowed my clients to view the work I have done.

Running a business and being a full time Mum is tough sometimes, but with the support of my wonderful husband, family and friends and loyal clients, my business has flourished.

So thank you again for my wonderful nomination, fingers crossed and I will update you with the results.

Here’s to all the working Mums!!

Sophie @SophieSews

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ABC Magazine article on bedroom furnishings

ABC Magazine article on bedroom furnishings

ABC magazine article on bedroom furnishings

Very excited to announce that Sophie Sews is in this season’s ABC Magazine all about the grown ups! I have written in an ABC Magazine article on bedroom furnishings. Please have a read and let me know what you think.
Sophie
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Brighten Up Your Neutral Lounge

Spring is obviously the season for cushions!! Which I love because I am a little bit crazy about cushions! It seems a very small detail but if you take care of the small details the overall result is really taken up a gear.

photo 1I recently went to a beautiful house that had a very neutral lounge which the client was bored of.  She was bored of the brown leather sofas and beige curtains. However both were in good condition, expensive and seemed a waste to replace. The current cushions were a mix of brown leather and beige. I threw them on the floor! Cleared the sofa of them all! photo 2

Then I put one patterned bright pink cushion on the sofa! The sofa was saved! 2 pink fabrics made into 8 cushions, 2 pink tiebacks and suddenly we have a lounge that oozes flamboyance and colour! photo 1 (3) photo 3 photo 4 (2) photo 4The 2 fabrics are from Clarke and Clarke and come in a variety of different colours.
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The cushions cost £47.50 each for the fabric, labour and duck feather inners.

So if you want to brighten up a room in your house with some bespoke, designer cushions please feel free to contact me. photo 4 (3)Thanks for reading!

Sophie. x

For My Beautiful Mum!

For My Beautiful Mum!

For My Beautiful Mum!

This is my first blog without my wonderful Nicola Tait, from Bluebell Web Solutions, sitting next to me!  This could be interesting! 

This blog is all about my mum and dad’s lounge!  What’s the point in being able to create beautiful things if you cant create them for the people you love!  So today the final touches were complete in the lounge I grew up in.  Gorgeous Laura Ashley fabric http://www.lauraashley.com/uk/drape-fabrics/emperor-gold-paisley-linensilk-mix-fabric/invt/3569642 which is on sale at £35 per metre, mixed with a beautiful, soft Voyage Apollo http://www.voyagedecoration.com/couture-volume-1/apollo.php

A splash of this seasons must have pastel – pale pink throws and a cushion from BHS and you have a beautiful look.  The curtains are a handstitched goblet heading with lining and interlining.  The cushions are all piped zipped. 

If you are interested in creating a beautiful look for your home then please give me a call or email me at sophie@sophiesews.com  

Mum and Dad I love you very much and my business wouldnt be the success it is without all your help and support.  I hope you like your curtains and cushions – dad, I know you hate cushions!  They must be a girl thing!

Love

Sophie x

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An interior designers Spring!!!!

Hello out there…..

I am getting technical this evening and posting my first blog! Woo. (Bear with me).

So my first official website blog will be about Spring 2014, well it is here after all. Don’t you just love the lighter evenings and the fact that it’s getting warmer by another degree every day. Spring has to be one of my most favourite times of the year. Especially when you are an interior designer.

So the theme for Spring 2014 is ………… PASTELS. The dreamy, floaty, gentleness of pastel colouring is a must have for any room in your home.

Pastels can work in every room if it’s done in the correct way (remember I am always here to help and guide you in the right direction).

So instead of talking about it I thought I would show you this seasons trend, so click here and check out my Pinterest board and please follow for weekly inspiration.

Sophie @Sophie_Sews

xx

ABC Magazine

ABC Magazine

We are excited to announce that we’re going to be appearing in the March issue ABC Surrey magazine! ABC magazine focuses on providing local parenting advice. I have written an article about children’s spaces. I talk about decorating nurseries, kid’s room through to the older teenage years. Read more when the magazine comes out in March or find us on their website ABC Magazine.