Style tips Archive

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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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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The interior designers we work with have said that when dressing a window the whole space should be looked at very carefully to begin with. Accessories such as curtain hold backs and tie backs should not be overlooked because for most of the day your curtains will be pulled back. They control the curtain and give it a little extra glamour. We agree that these  little finishing touches make a room even more special. Our solid wrought iron hold backs have been designed to match our curtain pole finials.

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Fabric or cord curtain tie backs are also very practical and stylish. We offer a very neat and discreet wrought iron tie back hook which works fabulously with a decorative cord.

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The right curtain hold backs can make a difference, giving your window treatment just a little more interest and style.

Here at Made by the Forge we are gearing up for exhibiting our new lighting collection at London design junction which starts on the 18th September. We have had many decisions to make and one of them has been regarding lamp shades. The photos are of shades that Chris Eckersley has designed specifically for his Highview lamps. We are not taking the wrapping paper off until the show!

 

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Chris Eckersely has designed a stunning upright standard lamp and a curved reading light both which have lamp shades over the bulb. It was decided, after much discussion, to keep the lamp shades in a neutral colour so not to detract from the beauty of the solid iron structure he has developed. However, the beauty of covered lamp shades is that the shade can be custom made with any material, of any colour to suit anyones individual, personal style. Joanna Wallis who hand makes bespoke lamp shades offers the most beautiful options which are very dramatic depending upon your own decor.

Here are a couple of style tips for today – if you have small windows you can make them look larger by having your curtain pole extend generously either side of the window and hang curtains to the floor. The trend is that curtains should  ‘pool’ on the floor depending on the fabric. This makes more of a statement of the window rather than hiding it with small curtains.
Another trick is to pick up the colour from the surrounding wall to give the illusion of continuous space.
One of the interior designers we have worked with, Jane McIntyre (http://www.janemcintyredesign.com/blog/aged-and-natural-linens/) has some wonderful linens which are made by a Scottish company and treated so that they hang beautifully, great inspiration for making a feature of your windows this summer.
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Bringing the outside in and the inside out is a technique lots of people are employing for their homes and gardens. Designers are having a ball creating exciting designs for inside and outside spaces like this one below. I would like to spend some time in this room to experience something new.

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We at Made by the Forge are always keen to pick up any design tips for window dressing. Designers say that if the window in your room is the best feature then hanging patterned curtains will draw attention and highlight the space even more.

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Take care though to hang the curtains so they can be drawn right back past the frame to show off the window and make the most of the light.

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Tapestry hung on iron curtain poleWith the new trend for multicoloured tapestry mentioned in this month’s Homes &  Gardens magazine have you considered hanging a tapestry from one of our wrought iron poles? The black iron compliments the colourful graphic patterns that are so popular at the moment and we can make bespoke lengths or brackets to your requirements.

We saw this great advice on making a small window look its best – simple but it works! Same size of window but look how much grander the one on the right seems!