Sadly the beautiful Fibre Naturelle silk that we had used for the music and sitting room curtains, had not survived the sunlight for which Dorset is so renowned.
Natalie Canning to the rescue!
I’ve always felt, quite passionately, the need to go with the feel of a room rather than against. If you try to lighten a dark room with pale coloured fabrics they just look dull, consequently we’ve chosen a heavily interlined linen in Wildflower to keep the feel in the light-filled music room, of being surrounded by open countryside. The little dark brown accent on the flowers also ties in well with the antique wood of the piano and Georgian corner cupboard.
In contrast the sitting room which looks out on to the ancient C9th walls of King Alfred’s Abbey, needed rich fabric with a little texture and sheen to reflect the firelight. After a long search we finally found a fabric to replace the silk and that looked the part.
The final blind was a direct replacement for the Andrew Martin Tulip fabric that was damaged in the January storms. Although it’s no longer in production we managed to find the last of a roll!

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Updown Cottage self catering holiday cottage to rent on Gold Hovis Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Englan, Great Britain, UK

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