Helena Hangartner

Helena Hangartner

I have over 18 years experience in the soft furnishings industry and am confident that I will always find the right creative ideas that will really make a difference to the interior of your home.

Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00

April 2014

Garden Rooms

Extend your home with a garden room, creating additional living space that can have heating, lighting and wi-fi. Gone are the the days when the garden shed was a man's domain at the bottom of the garden. Garden rooms have become increasingly popular with younger family members struggling to get onto the housing ladder. By creating extra living space or even having a garden annex will add value to your home. The majority of gardens rooms are flat packed and can be assembled within a couple of weeks which is another advantage of this popular growing concept.

In the pictures below my client had built a garden room where the teenagers can go and hang out. To the side of the living area an office was added with its own patio entrance doors.  

Here are some recent completed projects


 Fabric curtains: Prestigious Textiles Panama Marine

Fabric: blinds: Prestigious Textiles Maple Teal

 Roller blinds: Splash Grama Green pull-up

Fabric curtains: Voyage Highlands Munro Damson

Fabric blind: Voyage Cosmo Green 

 Fabric curtains: Voyage Highlands Munro Azure

Fabric curtains: Harlequin Romanie Plains Gold & cushion in Harlequin Tamika Akira Red/Gold

Wallpaper: Harlequin Tamika Akira Red/Gold

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 19:47

March 2014

London Design Week 9th-14th March 2014

Chelsea Harbour is a great place for inspiration and you cannot get much better than London Design Week 2014. International showrooms within the 3 domes launching their latest luxury fabrics, wallpapers, furniture, tiles and carpets. Workshop presentations, book signings, meet the designer sessions were on offer along with complimentary canapes, and champagne whilst soaking up the atmosphere.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 20:05

February 2014

Feeling in the Valentine mood.  Then here are some valentine gift ideas.


H&M Candles  Getting Personal pizza chocolates Joanna Wood toast rack
 Home Candy heart cushion  Occa Home 3 tier cake stand  M&S travel mug
 John Lewis cheese board  John Lewis cheese wire  Tate Gallery love letters
































Saturday, 25 January 2014 09:36

January 2014

January can feel like a big anticlimax after Christmas, and your home can feel plain and drab without the festive decorations.  Now is the time to think of interior projects for the year ahead.  Whether its a vibrant new rug to brighten up a room, some colourful modern lampshades, or wallpapering a feature wall to add impact and dimension to a room.  Purchase an antique chair from an auction and have it re-upholstered in a fun, modern fabric.  There are lots of ways to bring about fresh ideas into your home. Perhaps you want to totally redecorate a room with wallpaper, curtains and cushions but are unsure where to start with the vast quantitiy of fabrics and wallpapers to choose from.  Let me take the pressure off you and source fabrics, provide inspiration via a moodboard for free and help create that wow factor.


Monday, 16 December 2013 15:02

December 2013

Festive Foliage Decorations 

Create this stunning mantlepiece decoration in just 30 minutes with minimal cost by using greenery from your garden.

You will need the following:

A rectangular watertight plastic tray, silver foil to protect your mantlepiece, 2 x oasis blocks soaked overnight, laurel, fir tree branches, ivy sprigs, eculyptus sprigs, fir cones with wire, baubles with wire, battery operated LED fairy lights and gold sprayed twigs. 

Step 1: place soaked oasis in the rectangle tray butted together Step 2: begin to insert the ivy into the oasis at 45 degree angles
Step 3: next add the trimmed fir tree branches at 45 degree angles

Step 4: fill in any gaps with the laurel leaves and then add the eucalyptus at the front and sides making sure to hide the oasis

Step 5: randomly add the fir cones so they are not  all grouped together Step 6: add the baubles and gold twigs
Step 7: place the foil on the mantlepiece for protection when watering Step 8: add the fairy lights
Viola - finished and impressive


  Here are some finished projects this month

 Fabric: James Brindley Velvet/Vendee Wild Dove  Double pleat detail
 Fabric: Harlequin Folia/Sira orange  
Fabric: Harlequin Lucido Plains Silver & Marine/Wallpaper: Harlequin Kallianthi Persephone  
 Tieback: Jones Interiors/Belezza Turquoise  Bead Trim: British Trimmings (double pleat heading)