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Letme of yourfabric...


investment both in timeandhardcash. So when we’ve reachedthe nice stuff likethe curtains,blindsand soft furnishings, both timeandmoney arelimited.Therefore,my first pieceofadvicefor anyone refurbishing or rebuilding is to putaside asignificantpartof thebudgetfor theseelements. If youare decorating foryourselfthenyou


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will have theaddedluxuryofbeing able to take sometimeto devise a scheme,which also givesyou longer to save up abit of extra cash for the job. If, on the other hand, you are decorating apropertyfor rental,thenyou do nothavethisluxury, so this needstobepart of theprocessfrom thestart.You canthen coordinatecurtainmakers andupholsterersto be readywhen the hard finishes are complete. Before youbegin,beaware that rental


property has to have commercial standard soft RefuRbishment of pRopeRty


is an expensive habit. The hard finishes, bathrooms, kitchens etctakeanenormousamount of


furnishingswhereverpossible.Most fabric companieswilladd afire retardantfinish to theirfabrics at an additionalfee.Woolis naturallyfire retardantand also extremely hardwearing.


Where to start?Whenyou


began the project you would have had an idea or themeinyourheadevenifyou didnot put pentopaper.Therefore,yourfabrics andsoft furnishings should reflect and complement this theme. If youhavegonefor averystark, modern look andthentry to add cutesy chintzyfabrics,itwilllookwrongand be a huge waste of effort. First,createthe list of things youneed


foreachroom...curtains,blinds, cushions, upholstery etc. Second, findagood curtain makerand upholsterer. Thebest wayis throughword ofmouth. Theseservices are notcheap andsoareliablerecommendation will save both timeandmoney.Ifyou have to choose someone through a blind search, begin


feel thefibre


It’s thosefinishing touchesthatreallymake your home special–but they can be expensive. emmasmith takesapractical approach to soft furnishings


with theYellowPages or localonlinesearches, andALWAYSask forreferences.Ifpossible ask to see examples of their finished work in situ.Most will priceeachjob individually so askthemtomeasure up andgiveyou aprice forthe labour to incorporateintoyourbudget. Allowfor extras such as trim or expensive linings. Next,put asidetwo or threehours andset


up campin agood fabric shop.Spend that time wisely by systematically lookingatfabrics in line with your ideasand asking forsamples to be sent direct to you. This is afreeservice with no obligation. Once you have your samples, be brutal in


your editing. Be awarethatnot allfabrics are good for all things. Think about the type of fabric you want – linen, cotton, wool, silk, velvet,sheersorvoiles. Checktheir uses... Take silk, for example. For curtains this is an expensive choice. Never use it in a south facing roomas it will fade and possibly rot over time.Alwaysinterline it to protect it.For


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