Discover my top tips for finessing with fabric
I adore May and I’m always a little sad at seeing it in my rear-view mirror. It’s the month of blossoms and all things soft pink and bright grassy green.
As I type this, I am reminded of a drapery fabric that we recently installed in a client’s home that ticks all these boxes. Fabric has that ability – to both transform a space and also your outlook and disposition. Even on a cloudy grey day, this room feels fresh and full of possibilities.
Every space we design starts with fabrics – even if it’s a bathroom or a kitchen where we have a large number of hard finishes, I really love knowing where the softer pieces are coming from and how they will shape and soothe the harder edges.
I am always drawn to textures and pieces that will stand the test of time. I don’t do trends or fast fashion and have always loved the thrill of finding something that will be loved for many years to come.
When we are sourcing fabrics for our client projects it’s crucial that they are fit for the intended purpose.
Silk shouldn’t be hung in a sunny south-facing window nor in a kitchen, but it can be beautiful in a more formal room or in a darker space where good lighting can make the silk turn luminous and glow.
Linen you either love or dislike. It can stretch in the summer during periods of high humidity, and it can do the same in a steamy bathroom. It can also shrink in the dry winter months and if the drapes are handled frequently, it can and will crush; but it’s truly one of my favourites in all weights and shades. I love the simplistic raw nature of it and liken it to my favourite navy linen trousers that are crushed within five minutes of wearing but wear I do, as they epitomize summer to me.