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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

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

 

 

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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