Interior Case Study

The Curtain Refresh Project

The curtain refresh project

How it happened

This particular customer happened to type in Curtain Maker in Woking & ‘voila’ I came up at the top of the search engine, requiring curtain refresh project in the home.

My client had lived in their home for 8 years and made the curtains herself. However, four areas of the house desperately needed renewing.

Unfortunately, one of pair of curtains had been produced from silk and started to fall apart around the edges the other curtains were inherited with the house itself.

Designer Fabric Books

I ordered some fabric books  prior to my meeting so that we could both look through and decide together before I went and had a look around the house to measure up. I always believe it should be a joint decision when selecting fabrics.

When I arrived, my client had absolutely no idea what fabrics to have in the home, she asked me what would I do?

Luckily enough I had brought with me my Ashley Wilde fabric book and was able to identify for the landing, the master bedroom pelmet & curtains and for the master bed blind.

The shower room was going to take some searching because I haven’t got anything in that shade of yellow, but I knew I would find something.

The kitchen PVC tablecloth comes in a fabric by Fryett’s Fabric, so I went home and got the fabric book my client was over the moon and agreed to everything that I had suggested.

The Kitchen Area

Here you can see I introduced three lined roman blinds to sit outside the recess with a right hand chrome chain.

Also one pair of lined and interlined triple pinch pleat curtains to hang from a new 32mm black wrought iron pole with ball end finials.

The PVC table cloth with Fryett’s Breeze Cornflower fabric. 

Kitchen with Cornflower fabric by Fyrett's Fabric

Kitchen including Cornflower Roman Blinds & Curtains by Fyrett’s fabric


Stairs & Landing Area

Introducing interlined triple pinched pleat curtains to hang from a new 32 mm black wrought iron poles with ball end finials.

Fabric supplied was Ashley Wilde’s Lovell Sand.

Ashley Wilde Curtains

Curtains by Ashley Wilde Stairway


The master bedroom included one pair of full length triple pinch pleated heading lined and interlined dress curtains to hang fro the existing track.

One straight padded pelmet shaped & slightly, to take into account the existing coving.

Fabrics used for the curtains was Ashley Wilde’s Willen Noir & for the pelmet Ashley Wilde’s Alaska Noir fabric. 

Ashley Wilde Curtains

Bedroom incorporating Ashley Wilde

For advice and quotes on something similar please do feel free to contact me.

Who knows your room could be featured in my next blog! For now happy home re-furbing!!

Love Sophie Sews x






Bay Window Curtain Solution

Bay Window Curtain Solution

Case Study

The brief

I was approached by a new client in October of last year, she wanted some advice on blinds and curtains for her Woking house in Horsell, she wanted to give her home a brand new look for 2018.

We are looking for something very contemporary for our children’s bedrooms, simple and with clean lines.  We may also need blinds or curtains for our guest room, also black out blinds for our cinema room. I hope this is something you can assist with”. – Client

The next day I walked into a beautiful 4-bedroom, house, that included a TV and Cinema room and a fabulous kitchen.

Roller Blinds

Roller Blinds


I was able to gauge a better understanding of my clients requirements, she announced to me she wanted 6 Roman blinds for her bay windows.

I replied with “How much time do you have in the mornings?” with 6 blinds to pull up every morning I offered her a much better solution that saved her time in the mornings.

“What about curtains inside the bay windows instead”? She loved the idea.

2 Bay Window Curtains

2 Bay Window Curtains

Interlined, Invisible Stitched Waved Curtains

For the 6 Bay Windows we mutually agreed on a Warwick Dolce fabric in a pale grey for the curtains.

A complex window area such as this would require a subtle shade, colours like this prevent a room looking dated quickly.


Wave Curtains

Wave Curtains

Curtain Attachments

Using the right attachments to display a blind or curtains is very important. To resolve this we used specially made to measure Inox Poles these can be purchased at Evans Textiles.


Inox Poles

Inox Poles

Final words

This project has been brilliant, especially working beautiful house & I would like to personally thank her in today’s blog. It is always great when you work with a client who is as enthusiastic about fabrics and designs as you are.

For more information about curtains, blinds or any other requirements you might have, please feel free to contact me.

As always thanks for reading,

Love Sophie Sews x