Living Room - Dr. P (Scotland Hill, Sandhurst)
When I first met Paula, my husband and I were planning a complete re-vamp of our living room; new floor, ceiling, fireplace alterations and new radiators, as well as new soft furnishings and upholstery. I had clear ideas for what I wanted in some areas, but not in others. Paula advised me on the various elements to re-design the room.
Paula’s contacts for wood flooring were very helpful in advising us on, and helping us choose, the wooden flooring. This was installed incredibly professionally, and we are delighted with the result. We also had our hall floor replaced at the same time.
I was in a quandary as to what to do with our large, dark, fireplace. Advice from Paula resulted in us having lighting installed, which augmented the effect of our new stove, beam and limestone flooring to the inglenook.
Our chair and settees are Ercol, and badly needed new cushions as well as re-upholstering . I had found a tartan-like wool fabric I liked for the re-upholstery but wasn’t sure whether it would be “too much” if all the furniture was covered with it. Paula brought over swatches of fabric and over several visits, I was able to pick out a matching, but plain, fabric. With Paula’s help, I decided to use this to cover the 2 sofas, and my original fabric for the chair and footstool and scatter cushions, with some cushions in the plain fabric.
We had also inherited a high backed Parker-Knoll chair, with dark wood, and upholstery that had seen better days. As my mother finds it very comfortable to use when she visits, we wanted to keep it, but didn’t like the dark stain and varnish. Through Paula’s contacts the wood was returned to its original state and cover the chair in a matching plain fabric in a darker shade. We are very pleased with the results!
The next decision was about curtains and blinds. Paula suggested that a roman blind would look good in our window alcove, and I wanted curtains for the patio doors. After looking at a photo I had seen in a magazine, and some catalogues, and many more swatches of fabric brought to me by Paula, we were able to decide on the curtain and blind fabrics. This was where I was introduced to Paula’s curtain maker. She came and measured up herself, and a few weeks later, just before Christmas (the rest of the work having at last been completed), she and Paula and I had a pleasant morning together whilst she put up the most beautiful interlined curtains I have ever seen. The lovely finishing touch to the blind, which I love, was a beaded border along the bottom.
Now for the finishing touches: we were able to pick out the colours in the curtain and blind fabrics to choose fabric for piping the scatter cushions and making some more. There was also some blind fabric left, so as well as making all the cushions, Paula made 2 drum lampshades as well, which I love.
The whole process was relaxed and fun. I found Paula to be very easy going; she nudged me gently in the right direction, encouraging me to be a bit more bold at times, but steering me away from disaster! We are delighted with the results, and have had so many positive comments from friends and family.