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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






Clarke & Clarke Fabrics

Clarke & Clarke Fabrics

As the end of year is nigh, I have been establishing more fabric partners and I am extremely proud to say that I am now working with Clarke & Clarke fabrics. If you are thinking about freshening up your home interior, then may I suggest that you consider incorporating some of the Clarke & Clarke designs. They have a wonderful range of beautiful fabrics, that work in any room around your house.

clarke-clarke castilla fabric

© Clarke & Clarke Castilla collection

Clarke & Clarke Fabrics

We have seen the cool Scandi look sweep across homes in the UK this year, yet Clarke & Clarke fabrics are renowned for their beautiful flowered prints, this creates more depth and adds variety into your home, to  make it visually interesting.

As well as using Clarke & Clarke fabrics for your blinds or curtains, I also recommend Clarke & Clarke fabric cushions on a lovely grey plain sofa to add a vibrant feel. This is a cost effective way to change the layout and feel to any room, without dating your room with a floral wall paper design.

clarke & clarke fabrics woking surrey


Clarke & Clarke fabrics have recently partnered with Oasis Home, as we see more and more fashion retailers, like H&M and Zara broaden their product portfolios to home fashions.

Clarke & Clarke fabrics new collection still incorporates floral inspiration, though I was excited to see some more bolder designs such as Allure with their boho bright fabrics and their more cooler gentler collections such as Hudson, Spectrum and Tussah & Seda. As you can imagine this is inspiring me and I cannot wait to start working with these new fabrics.

clarke-clarke botanica fabric

© Clarke & Clarke new Botanica collection

Clarke & Clarke fabrics is an 18 year old company based in Lancashire, founded in 1999 and is an established leader globally in home furnishings. Clarke & Clarke is made up of two separate product brands, Clarke & Clarke which is the traditional floral design and also Studio G which has its own style of exciting and lively designs that appeals more to the fashion conscience consumer.

Please contact Sophie Sews in Woking, Surrey for advice or to get a quote for Clarke & Clarke fabrics in this range.

From all of us at Sophie Sews, thank you to all our customers who have supported us this year, we wish you a happy and healthy 2018!

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

© Amara


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.

2. Green

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


© Pantone



© Pantone


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.

faux marble 2017

© 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.


interior design trends for 2017

© Elle Decor


Interior Design Trends for 2017

© Amara


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.”


© Dulux



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!


Sophie x

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.

bespoke eyelet curtains woking surrey



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.

blue and stripe throw

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.

ceiling fan


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.

designer fabric bespoke curtains virginia water surrey

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.