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Material 'Stuffs' - Traditional Luxury Textiles.

May 22, 2013

Traditionally upholstery and drapery materials were known in the trade as 'Stuffs' -  Damask was a favoured textile, rich in appearance, solidly coloured with the advantage that it could be cleaned and turned to its reverse,  remade without losing its glamour.

Now curtains and furniture are not required to last three generations lest alone a room re-decoration every few years. Upholstered furniture and  hand made draperies used to be very expensive, still can be so, owing to the high costs of labour and materials 'stuffs'  used in their making.

All fabric stuffs should be examined, held up to light to note any weave or print defects which may get missed
on a simple glance.

Silks - When choosing Silks, care must be taken to ascertain their quality, the thinking that weight should be the guiding test,  is not always sound. Thick heavy texture wears well, but can be difficult to work its stiffness spoiling the draping and hanging of curtains and drapes. Historic French Silks of Lyons and Tours manufactured with finest raw materials, long since revered for their beautiful textures, design and brilliance of colour.

Velvets - Upholstered furniture, hanging drapes of silk velvet are fit only for very luxurious rooms - state apartments.  Careful and very skillful workmen ship as very delicate handling is required. The quality of silk velvet is seen in the richness and brilliancy  of the cut pile and its smoothness and softness of touch.

Damasks - Silk Damask is made of various qualities usually one, two or three colours on a plain ground.
Patterns are various designs, often flowers in singles and groups. Indian and Chinese Damasks sometimes stitched with gold and silver thread to magnificent effect.

Taffeta - A thicker Silk fabric often used for curtains, hangings and draperies.

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Simple Interiors.
Simple Interiors.

July 11, 2014

There needs to be balance with simple interiors, a balance not too utilitarian, but informal and above all calm. Variation of textures, wall coverings, flooring, upholstery and soft furnishings all play an important part when creating this modern interior theme. Interiors with a country rustic simplicity do not need a country home to enjoy. Painted wooden furniture, chairs with rush seats. Soft...





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Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Orchid.

July 09, 2014

There are about 300 species of Dendrobium, all natives of the tropics.  Many have large handsome flowers.
With few exception they require tropical treatment, when the correct temperature applied can be easy to grow. One of the easiest is D. Phalaenopsis a native of New Guinea, proves its self exceptional in the size and beauty of its flowers, ranging in colour from white to deep red-purple with...

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Hampshire Coffee Company - Fresh Roasted.

July 03, 2014

Britain has embraced cafe culture with huge enthusiasm.  Cafes and coffee shops abound in even the smallest town or Village. 

The first coffee house (above) was opened in Oxford in 1652.  Still on the same site a cafe bar called the Grand Cafe. Slightly later - Queens Lane Coffee House has been serving coffee in Oxford  for 360 years - established in 1654.

London's first coffee house opened in 1652...

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