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By silkinteriors, Aug 20 2017 02:38PM

We both love maps, and find them beautiful as well as educational. We're not so great at reading them when out driving, or walking the dog, but there is a beauty to them that fascinates us.

Here's one Paul has that is hanging in his girls' bedroom. Such a simple idea, but really cool! Do you like it?

We thought we would see what other types of maps you can get, and us as decorative or statement pieces in your house. Click on any of these for more details.

This old style wallpaper would make a great addition to your wall. At over 3 metres by over 2 metres, this is a really big mural atht would look great in the right setting. It comes in 8 parts, so make sure you are careful when putting it up! Can you imagine what a great aid it would be for youngsters in learning about the world, or what a talking point when you have guests over for dinner?

If you are looking for a monochrome piece, then this wall art at 1.4 metres by 1 metre will look great. Personally we think it would look great in a white or grey room, but it may not be to everyone's tatse. Definitely a modern look. But what you gain in style you lack in detail, so not very good for an educational tool.

This next one is unual in that it looks like a piece of art in itself. We love the bright colours on this print and it's very affordable at less than £10 for a 50cm by 40cm print. Beautiful!

Another bright colourful one, we now move onto multi part walldecorations. This one is a 3 part print on canvas, and looks great in this picture over a dining room table. As long as care is taken to ensure that each part is hung at the same height, you can't go wrong with this.

This one comes in 5 parts - a real test of your DIY skills in hanging. But the impact is just amazing - and looks great as a backdrop here to a sideboard or home office.

Of course, you don't have to be limited to wall art when using world maps in your decor - they can be used in alll sorts of ways, as can be seen below:

By silkinteriors, Oct 14 2016 12:16PM

I recently made this set for a client’s lounge window, which comprised of a roman blind, dress curtains and a pelmet. I love the overall look and think it looks really smart, and the choice of fabric is great.

I sometimes get asked what are dress curtains? Generally speaking, dress curtains are curtains that are for decorative purposes, and are not made to be functional. In most cases they are paired with a roman blind, as in my client’s case, but are not intended to be pulled.

You may ask, why would someone want this? Some people prefer a roman blind at a window, but like the dress curtains also, just to be aesthetically pleasing. Personally I love this look, although I have not used this in my own house. Add in a pelmet and tie backs and the look is just fantastic!

But how much fabric is required for dress curtains? You will need less than for a fully functional set of curtains, but enough to make them look realistic. Obviously it depends on the width of the windows, and the desired length, but I think it best if there is enough material to almost reach in the centre. If funds are tight, you can use less than this amount, but the finished look will not be quite so luxurious.

Talking of length, another reason that people opt for dress curtains is to do with heat. In many houses radiators are situated underneath windows. If you like a full length curtain that reaches the floor, but don’t want to keep out the heat, you may opt for dress curtains with a roman blind.

By silkinteriors, Jan 18 2016 08:35PM

As we can fully expect, a new year brings a new collection at Prestigious Textiles. Actually, not one new collection, but thirteen!

Annika is a vibrant collection of stripes (I love Tutti Frutti), spots, and a couple of lovely leaf designs. I do hope somone buys these as they look great and I'd love to work with them. Metro continues the bright looks with chevrons, that were so popular last year.

If you are looking for a heavyweight material that is plain, but not boring, then you need to head over to see the Herriott collection. They are upholstery weight weaves in a few earthy tones, ranging from chalk through to pumice. It gives quite a masculine feel in my opinion. If you want completely plain, then Finlay is your selection.

If you want a plain look but with a bit of texture, something that will show more detail the closer you get, then take a look at Dalesway.

If you are after modern florals, then Samba and Ambleside will be your first ports of call. In the latter I particularly like the Yarrow and Wordsworth designs - very delicate flowers. There are also a couple of designs in the Perception collection, although in very limited colours.

I've worked with many Prestigious fabrics over the years. They are very good quality, at an affordable price, and great to work with. Whilst you can buy cheaper fabrics, I know that anything from Prestigious will give a great finish and I will not have any issues with patterns.

By silkinteriors, Dec 7 2015 05:13AM

Paul always brings me home a copy of the Wealden Times each month, as it's full of lovely inspiration and beautiful homes. A highly recommended read, especially if you are looking for anything stylish for your home - you'll find plenty of ideas that you can adapt.

The December 2015 issue came home, and I looked at the front cover, a rather dark one, featuring lots of wood panels and a lovely wooden table. I thought it looked vaguely familiar, but without paying attention too much.

It was only when I flicked through later on over a cup of coffee that I realised that it was from one of the homes featured inside, and it was a home that I had been to. Yes, one of my clients, the rather glamourous and lovely couple Becky and Jamie Gunning, had opened their home to be featured.

You may remember, if you have been following my Facebook page a while now, that I posted a photo of a bedroom where I had made curtains and a pelmet. It was a lovely grey with panelling to the side. Well it was this house, and you can see the whole article, with photos of most of the house, by clicking here.

The Gunnings have been clients for a while now, having done work for their previous house too. But having seen the pictures from the Wealden Times, I know how much hard work that has gone into their new house.

As described in the article, it really is a wonderful setting, and the house is just superb. Please take a moment to read all about it. And I hope they need some more work soon - I just love to go and measure up in beautiful houses.

By silkinteriors, May 27 2015 09:53PM

Put this date into your diary - Monday 1st June, 2015.

That's the date that the fantastic new The Bakehouse At 124 in Tonbridge opens. Owned by local Clare Barton, with support from Dr Jerome Flynn, this great new venture can be found at 124 High Street in the old Moss Bros shop that closed last year. If you are still not sure - it's the best looking building in the High Street, just up form the Chequers pub.

We were lucky enough to be invited to their pre-opening evening last week, where we joined other locals including the Town Team members, our new MP Tom Tugendhat and the new mayor Councillor Owen Baldock. The Mayor was on his first official engagement, having been sworn in that same week.

Nicky was initially contacted by Clare last year, and was pleased to be asked to make the cushions, lampshades and a box cushion for a recycled church pew. You can see some of these in situation here - we hope they give a feel of the bakery. This gorgeous fabric, chosen by Clare, comes from Vanessa Arbuthnott.

The Bakehouse At 124 is Clare's dream. A lifelong Tonbridge and Hildenborough resident, she re-trained as an artisan baker in 2013. You'll be able to sample delicious breads and pastries in sumptuous surroundings. As well as the food, which includes light breakfasts, lunch and teas, The Bakehouse at 124 is also a coffee house and tea room.

For those that love a bit of theatre, you can sit at the toast bar and watch the bakers in action, as they create small batches of loaves that will match any in today's growing artisan food revival.

Sourdough bread will be a particular speciality, and there will be sweet brioche, croissants and other pastries. Perhaps porridge is your choice of breakfast; quiche or soup for lunch; and who doesn't like a proper afternoon tea.

We've heard of some locals say "not another cafe", but The Bakehouse At 124 is so much more than a cafe. With inglenook fireplaces, two floors of comfortable seating in a Tudor building, and outside garden, and bakers working in full view, it will be the perfect setting for the more discerning customer.

You can even hire space for networking or team events - email [email protected] if this is of interest. Follow them on Facebook here and check out more photos from the tasting evening courtesy of Alma Photography.

Having sampled some of their food last week and had a good look at the space, we can't wait for the opening. We really think this class of establishment will really stand out and bring people to Tonbridge, to sample a touch of luxury in a fantastic setting.

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