Style tips Archive

Juliet Fishenden
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Prior to the industrial revolution, the humble blacksmith was installed at his forge in every country village throughout the land. His bread and butter trade was practical ironwork producing horse tack, farm tools and ploughs and in the less enlightened ages, swords and armour.

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People soon started to employ the local smithy to make decorative objects that would adorn any home, objects that would be passed down the generations. And where does a blacksmith derive his inspiration for such objects? Out of the window.

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Mother Nature features a near infinite range of shapes and forms but the most pleasing to the eye become the classics whose design weathers the years just like the iron they are made of. One such classic is the Ram’s Horn.

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The pleasing curves leading to the sharpened tip is one of Made by the Forge’s signature pieces and can be found as a curtain pole finial (above shown in beeswax), a curtain hold back (below shown in matt black finish).

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It is also the decorative centre to Chris Eckersley’s Standard Floor Lamp. It is extraordinary how a still powerful and classic design can be forged to compliment contemporary lighting and as a fusion of both past and present, it creates its own unique identity.

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Some of our clients send in images of their new ironwork and the image below is from a customer who wanted brackets for a wooden shelf he wanted to mount on the wall. His idea was simple and stylish and the handmade brackets bring a touch of individuality to his home with the added benefit of supporting us British Blacksmiths and helping keep our craft alive.

 

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The testimonials below are from two satisfied customers and an image showing how artisanal touches can add to any room making it feel and look special:

Dear Richard
Many thanks for the curtain pole. All safely received and “aesthetically’ mounted on the living room wall. Really nicely made and looks great.
Loved the clear instruction leaflet..
Regards
Mark

September 2016

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Morning Richard
Just to let you know that our order arrived yesterday, I am delighted with the curtain poles and ties backs.
The chap will fit them next week, and then the curtains soon after that.
Your company has been a pleasure to deal with, very approachable, reasonably priced, excellent service, and made in Great Britain which I am very passionate about.
I will have no hesitation in recommending you.
Many thanks and kind regards
Katrina

August 2016

Juliet Fishenden
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Made by the Forge make stunning bay window curtain poles from 20mm solid bar with beautiful handcrafted finials from our range.  A bay window can be a daunting task to undertake but we have made it as easy as we can for you to order because we provide a bay window measuring guide which is easy to follow. Once you provide us with the measurements we can check them with you before beginning the work. To complete the look we offer hand forged matching brackets and  curtain rings.

You will then receive a beautiful pole made specially for your window which you can then dress with the curtains of your choice.

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Made by the Forge believe in affordable quality and simple elegant designs. We believe in products that will last a lifetime and we make all of our wrought iron products to do so.

To calculate the price of your window pole please either send us an email for us to work out the price or call Richard.

Juliet Fishenden
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Sort the bathroom. Make kitchen mess look less. And give yourself a gift of a beautifully hand made rail which is made to last. Our solid, wrought iron items can help offer you a calm and clutter free space where everything has its place.

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Our kitchen pan and utensil racks add a unique feature to your kitchen. We offer two standard sizes and two styles; flat to the wall or round rails.
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We also offer a bespoke service – racks and rails made to measure specifically for your workspace. We can make any rail fit any space because we can also make you special brackets if you need them.
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If you have a project then do contact us by phone or email. We are always more than happy to discuss your requirements.
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Juliet Fishenden
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We thought you would like to see some pics of the lovely homes and ideas our customers have kindly sent in. The images are great to share for inspiration, especially if you have a difficult space to work with, so often the case in older houses.

(Recess pole, made to measure, shown below)

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We especially love the simple door curtain pole that allows the curtain around the wall to keep drafts at bay or the use of a wall rail to help climb those quirky stone steps!

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There are beautiful features in our customers homes and there seems no limit to their imagination.

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Remember that we can help you with whatever length of curtain pole you need and can even make bespoke bracket depths. Just give us a call if you need some help or even send us a photo, we will be happy to advise.

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Kitchen rails and racks can also be made to fit. We have made them for inglenooks, alcoves and even ceilings.

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If you feel inspired take a look at our testimonials and photos page. We love receiving your images and comments.

Juliet Fishenden
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Spring has arrived and it is the time of year when freshening up ones home seems paramount. We feel it is time to get more sunlight into our home and give everything a good airing.

We are using our fabulous hand forged tie backs and hold backs, to give our rooms more light, they match our curtain pole finials. All hold backs or tie back hooks are matt black or traditional beeswax which gives a beautiful sheen to the ironwork. Hold backs are generally fitted approximately two thirds down the length of the curtain.
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Interior designers often use our tie back hooks when they are using decorative material tie backs which adds a finishing touch to a dressed window. (Shown in the photo below)
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Our Honey Dipper hold backs are unique and stylish.
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Juliet Fishenden
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We have been looking into how we can show off our classic wrought iron curtain poles to their best advantage. There are so many ways to dress a window space we have decided to go for a contemporary, subtle material to achieve a distinctive, luxurious look.

If big bold patterns are not your thing and you are looking for a cool understated look in your interior then you can’t go wrong with a good quality fabric with an interesting texture or pattern. For simplicity I love the Ishida collection from Designers Guild which has a large colour palette and a variety of textures, from a tweedy chenille weave to one with a lustrous sheen.
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For something with a bit of fun there is a playful dotted design from Harlequin fabrics – Artisan Embroideries collection – Bobbin. Shown below in Toast/Linen and Eggshell but is also available in bright raspberry/lime and turquoise if you want to be bold, it would look great with strong paint colours! The artisan quality would go perfectly with our handmade iron curtain poles and a Cannon Ball or Button finial.
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Layering your window fabrics can work well, we can make special brackets and poles to hold a light sheer curtain behind your main curtains. Harlequin fabrics has a range called Momentum Sheers and Structures II – Noa in graphite is particularly striking.
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We are always pleased to see any photos of the fabrics you have used or are considering using. So please do share your images and thoughts.

Juliet Fishenden
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House Beautiful magazine have featured Richard as one of their ‘New Artisans’ all of whom are working hard to show case their craft skills and new lighting products. The article is in their March 2015 issue from page 28-31 and is an interesting and informative read.
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Juliet Fishenden
Pheasants

We love these beautiful fabrics from Mulberry and Linwood which both use game birds to create a country house style. There are plenty of colourful pheasants around us in the fields in Suffolk so its a perfect match for our home. Our classic wrought iron poles are simply perfect for showcasing luxurious drapes and our choice of finials means that you can choose be discreet or make a statement. Both materials have quite a large pattern which gives an immediate impact to any upholstery or curtains.
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We find it’s always worth getting a selection of fabric samples and pinning them to your existing curtain or chair to see how it looks and to see if the scale of the pattern suits the size of your room. It is also useful to see the fabric in different lights throughout the day.
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If something more contemporary is more your style then sign up to this blog and watch for updates where we will be showcasing more of 2015’s fabulous fabrics.

Juliet Fishenden
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One of our customers lives in an old cottage and is used to draughts but the one through the front door into the hall was becoming a problem. Richard made her a new curtain pole and Cannon Ball finial to replace the old wooden one which didn’t support a thick curtain very well as the fixings were not strong enough and were pulling away from the plaster.
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“With a recess bracket on the left the curtain can sit tight to the wall now and the strong solid pole with a robust bracket supports a heavier curtain. With a classic Cannonball finial it looks really smart and adds a finishing touch”. Thanks G from Suffolk
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Made by the Forge’s Style Tip: We in the office felt that, if there was enough room, the curtain and space may benefit from a tie back hook and a separate tie back. In the summer months when we look for drafts the curtain neatly tucked away could be of benefit. There are lots of different options for tie backs. They can be made from the same curtain material or there are many tassels on the market to choose from. A door curtain can have that finishing touch and be really quite decorative.
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