Fabrics work double-duty in any design project. You don’t only consider the look of the material, but also the feel and durability. After all, you will be touching most items you cover in fabric, and you don’t want a texture that leaves guests mumbling that they’re more comfortable standing than sitting on your beautiful but impractical sofa. Obviously, delicate fabrics are not the best choice for high-use furniture. Fortunately, when you’re decorating in the style of a particular period, those styles typically include fabrics that stand up to time in both beauty and quality. Read more!
Offering interior design and interior decorating guidance to a new client requires , more than anything , the ability to listen. The best interior designers and decorators asks questions… the worst in my opinion, walk in with an entourage and clip boards, dictating style, telling the client what will be done. The decorator might have a vision, but its essential that this vision does not over take the very realistic requirements of each project and that style direction truly meshes with the clients sense of aesthetics; because after all, the designer gets to leave after each project… the client has to live with this choice for a very long time. Read more!
I recently under took the challenge of transforming a tiny entrance area into a grand statement that would hint at the drama that awaited within.
Instead of choosing the expected path of neutral tones, combined with uneventful mirroring etc, the clients and I decided on a William Morris style wallpaper in tones of pink, creams and grey that we applied above the wainscotting. I then repeated these dramatic colours in a raised silk velvet, that was methodically upholstered to the wall below. Read more!
For the time being, I’ve chosen to exercise extreme caution and discretion when sourcing decorating products for my company in China.
Silk textiles produced there, (even though most silk worms make it their home) tend to lack depth of colour and luster and stubbornly refuse to drape. This as it turns out is due to the crucial step of twisting the yarns properly, that has been left out of the manufacturing process. Also, from my experience, an average weight of 120 to 140 grams per running meter in silk fabric, is crucial for the best results in drapery. Most silks from the orient however, weigh in at around 50-60 grams… perfect for wrapping gifts, but a poor choice for decorating. Silk woven in India, France and Italy on the other hand, have double the weight, drape and gather like a waterfall, and shimmer beautifully because time tested traditions are respected there, and shortcuts are frowned upon. Read more!