Textured Papers, The Ideal Home Show & The Making of Cushions

In the last notes from the studio update, I wrote about the different colour palette concepts that I had put together for the living room design in Harpenden. I’ve since been back to see my client and shown her the options, and we’ve chosen to go with the first option.

Here’s a reminder…


When making this selection, we also decided upon the main wall colour, but want to use a textured paper on one of the walls to add a bit of interest. I’ve been looking at options that are similiar in tone to the wall paint so that the paper is not too contrasting. There are lots of different options when it comes to adding texture with wallcovering – vinyls add a tactile element, as do woven silk papers (if the budget allows!), but there are some simpler printed options too that add an extra dimension to a room. Here are a few of the options I’ve sourced for this living room – I think we’ll be going with the second one from the left.


This week was the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court, which I went a long to with Interiors Blogger June Olsen from Nostalgiecat. June had been invited to interview Julia Kendall, TV interior design personality, and I happily agreed to come and help! Julia is a very inspirational lady, she has achieved a great deal in her career, and is an advocate for empowering women to learn to DIY and improve their homes. Read more over on June’s blog here.


After we finished the interview, June and I spent the day perusing the rest of the show. I’d say it’s not really the place to go to discover new design, or high end brands, but the show did have some parts of interest, including the show houses with rooms sets created showing some of the key current interiors trends.

Today I’ve been busy completing quotes to send out to clients, and also preparing cushions orders, ready to send off with the fabrics to my curtain makers. This stunning fabric below is by Manuel Canovas, and is going to be made into some cushions for a bedroom project I’m working on in Chorleywood. I’ll share the pictures here once they’re made up, so watch this space!


Have a great weekend!

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