I am a soft furnishing designer who designs curtains, blinds, cushions, lampshades, bed spreads, table lining. kitchen accessories, and kids room accessories. I also run workshops and classes to help others who want to develop their soft furnishings skills.
Like many people, I started sewing curtains with my mother when I got my very first home at age 25. My mum was a seamstress, who had a love of soft furnishing, like myself. She would sew beautiful curtains for family and friends, and naturally I learnt a lot from her. However, I got bitten by the soft furnishings bug, and was not content to just sew soft furnishings for my own home.
Having developed this real interest in interiors, I decided I wanted to get some formal training. I did a curtain and soft furnishing course in 2010 with the National Design Academy (NDA) and an interior design course with the KLC School of Design. More recently I did a BTEC in education to support my teaching role.
Some big life changes in our family, including battling cancer and redundancy, made us re-think our life and out of that came a move to the West Midlands from London and the birth of my business, The Sewing Lounge.
As part of this plan, we bought a house with enough space for a work studio for my business. Three years on and it’s the best decision we made. I love that I can create wonderful interiors for my lovely customers, which make them smile, and turns their houses into homes.