Mokum DYNASTY collection

  Mokum’s latest collection Dynasty is a modern infusion of East meets West, inspired by Asia and their rich and distinctive textiles, patterns and embellishments. The Dynasty collection is comprised of luxurious velvet’s, textured plains, trims and a bold emblematic panel as well as the return of a well known Mokum design, Tulip Tetuoan, which has been rewoven from silk to a cotton/synthetic blend making it more suitable for New Zealand’s climate. The plain upholstery textures Herringbone and Temple are the foundation of the collection. Herringbone is a tailored wool blend herringbone weave and Temple is a rhythmic, sculptural, chenille upholstery The bold panel design was inspired by the Chinese symbol for Longevity and has been named just that. This symbol is about having good health and living a long life. The Chinese longevity symbol is the most revered among the five good fortune symbols. This sheer panel drapery is a real statement piece for both residential or commercial environments.   The Mokum studio strive to create patterns and textures that are enduring and will suit both modern and more classic interiors. Trend only plays a small part in Mokum collections as the intention is to create textiles which are multi-faceted and have longevity.       Complimenting this range is the co- ordinating trims Yin and Yang. These highly detailed trims add that sophisticated little extra detail to your curtains, blinds and cushions                                    ...

Decorative sheer curtains & double tracks

              Sheer curtains (or voile’s) have been around for a long time as a popular alternative to traditional nets (you know the lacy kind your grandma still has).. Often seen set in the window frame on a wire string  acting as a privacy screen from your nosey neighbors, these days they are finding a life of their own. When teamed with a “double track” they can now act as your decorative curtain instead of the traditional off white plain voile only there for functionality purposes. So what is a double track and how does it work? A double track is a system in which two tracks are incorporated on the same set of brackets- usually there is a  track or rod in the front and a smaller track behind.  This way a sheer curtain can be pulled right off the window and removes the issue of having it sitting inside the window and always blocking at least part of the light coming through the glass.       The most well-known option when using the double track system would be to hang your drapes on the front track with your sheer curtain sitting on the track behind.  You can choose a sheer fabric and curtain fabric which co-ordinate together as well as make a feature on their own.         The other option, which is increasingly popular, is to use your sheer on the front track with a plain lining on the back track.  When using this option, the sheer is always the feature and probably almost always closed- during the day you...

Sanderson Home Collection

Sanderson HOME is the ‘Diffusion Line’ from the Sanderson studio, offering beautifully painted fabric and wallpaper designs and great value for money. Launched in the summer of 2012, in response to the demand for even more affordable and accessible furnishings, Sanderson HOME, builds on the reputation and strength of the existing Sanderson ranges. Aimed at the design conscious of all ages that are looking for outstanding value for money, Sanderson HOME offers beautiful, quintessentially English design with the hallmark of quality and style for which Sanderson is renowned. Each year the Sanderson studio will design and develop further collections for Sanderson HOME which will continue to offer the Sanderson style and quality at an affordable price. Maycott Collection The first book from the Sanderson HOME collection Maycott came out in 2012 and is inspired by English gardens, flowers, woodland and hedgerows The fresh floral theme runs through the the collection and is a subject close to heart for the Sanderson design team. The collection also shows a range of plains and elegant tickings which team perfectly. The medium scale of the prints look great in large scale homes or small cottages Madison Collection The second book Madison collection is joyful and vibrant with a contemporary feel inspired by grasses, flowers and foliage. Arranged in three distinct style sets, Bold & Organic, Contemporary Country, and Pretty & Painterly and painted in simple abstract style. The scale of the prints make them perfect for homes large or small. Chika Collection The third and latest collection of this fabulous range is the Chika Collection. Taking inspiration from a fushion of Japanese, European and...

Welcome Back Liberty Art Fabrics

Three beautiful new collections by Liberty Art Fabrics have just landed in store and these amazing fabrics are sure to take your breath away! All three collections combine elaborate prints in bold colouring with beautiful base cloths that you just have to touch. Some old classics are also included but have been re-colored or reworked to suit today’s trends. These amazing fabrics are an absolute must see!   The Nesfield Collection This collection is inspired by British landscape architect William Nesfield. Nesfield was a major influence on garden design during the 19th century and introduced a balance between natural wildlife and symmetrical structure. Liberty Art Fabrics were inspired by his imaginative approach to creating serenity within a classic English garden and created this collection to celebrate botanical beauty and craftsm  anship. Liberty’s signature style is at the heart of the Nesfield collection. Design detail and the vibrant color palettes are borrowed from Nesfields most famous English landscapes. Turquoise, greens and soft blues remind of Castle Howards cascading waterfall; Exotic reds and pinks represent the Palm House at Kew gardens, while the more subtle tones of fawn and moss remind us of spacious English parkland at Whitley Court. This collection showcases some of Liberty’s famous archive prints in conjunction with more contemporary designs.   The Jubilee Collection the Jubilee collection is quintessentially British with distinctive Liberty style. Designs are derived from prints found amongst the 40,000 in Liberty’s archive and are influenced heavily by nature, art and architecture. The most decorative designs are adapted from original scarf artworks, including the beautiful 19th century paisleys, redrawn in all over repeats. Also present in this...

New Sanderson collection brings you Emma Bridgewater

Two British brands, Sanderson and Emma Bridgewater, have come together to produce a stunning range of furnishing fabrics and wallpapers, that captures the essence of Emma Bridgewater, with a warm-hearted, cheerfully informal style that really “feels like home”.   The collection of 10 fabrics and 7 wallpapers shows off the hand- crafted essence of pottery, with the print mark of the sponge obvious in almost all of the designs.   Most of the range comes from originals of Emma Bridgewater pottery with some, like the Coral and Fig, being very early designs and others like the Pomegranate being more recent.  The patterns have been chosen to work together as a collection, as well as keeping in mind what would work best on fabrics and wallpapers rather than pottery.                   The “Dresser” is the exciting statement design at the heart of this collection, and it is a stunning new pattern by Sanderson with Emma Bridgewater produced just for this range.  It is very much inspired by Emma Bridgewater’s own dresser in her kitchen at home, which is filled with pieces from her own pottery as well family treasures passed on to her.                         Emma Bridgewater was founded in 1985 by Emma Bridgewater herself, who is now a very well-known British ceramics designer.  The Emma Bridgewater factory produces designs by Emma and her husband Matthew, inspired by their family traditions and everyday life with their children.     All fabrics are suitable for curtaining and upholstery, and have been printed on unbleached cotton to reflect the natural earthen colouring of clay used...

Simple steps to protect your fabric from fading.

We get a lot of people come in and ask the same thing here at Classic Curtains, I love this fabric! but will it fade? Well the answer unfortunately is probably yes, IF it is not cared for properly. In this great land of the long white cloud we suffer from immense exposure to UV light, not only can it damage our skin in minutes it can also fade our fabrics to bleached out versions of their former selves in no time. But do not fret! there are plenty of ways for you to protect your lovely new curtains or upholstery and have them last the test of time. Curtains and upholstery can be a real investment and if you are adding new curtains to your home they can add real value so you want to make sure you care for them and protect them as much as you can. So what can you do? Line your curtains- Adding lining to the back of your curtains and fabric blinds is the first step in preventing fading. It acts as a barrier between the sun and the back of your fabric among its many other advantages, such as Blocking light for room darkening and creating a thermal barrier. Ensure your track is wider than the window, that way when you open your curtains to let that lovely morning sunlight in your curtains are off the window and out of the way. Swap your curtains over from one side of the track to the other every so often, so that any exposure is even With roman blinds the blind is installed higher than...

History of Designers Guild

With another exciting collection of Designers Guild just launch let’s take a look through the history of the brand and its founder Trisha Guild.  Designers Guild was established in 1970 with the idea of creating innovative design with a combination of creativity and absolute quality, not only for design but for their service. They have certainly achieved this with 38 collections and 16 awards and achievements under their belt. To date the brand has designed and manufactured almost 9000 fabrics and 2000 wallpapers since they began on a variety of cloth, in an extensive range of colours patterns and styles. Tricia Guilds ability to create such elaborate designs comes from her ideas to just do what you aspire to.  “I think it’s important when you’re creating a style for your home, to listen to your aspirations rather than your fears. I often hear people say: ‘Oh, I would never dare use such-and-such a colour I think I’ll stick with beige.’ To my mind, if you really love something, it can’t be wrong. And if you really do love beige, so be it” Trisha...

Colour of the Year

Pantone has revealed its colour of the year for 2014 as the  beautifully inspired shade of Radiant Orchid. A bold yet pastel, smooth and creamy tone inspired by orchids in nature. How to use Radiant Orchid in your home.  Spruce up your interior space by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.  Likewise, the vibrant colour is sure to liven up neutrals including grey, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid re-energizes almost any colour palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.  You don’t need to go crazy to create major impact with this colour, a few accent pieces careful placed will help pull a room together and give it a polished look....