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.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:07

November 2013

Feeling Blue

Cobalt blue is definitely the colour trend for 2014 and fabric designers have produced some fabulous designs. This calming, soothing colour comes in a vast array of shades and can be matched with complementary colours like yellow and white.

Here are some latest designs which I love.

Harlequin: Poetica/Caprice Jane Churchill: Atmosphere/Carus Jane Churchill: Atmosphere/Nimbus
Casamance: Monaco/Munegu Clarke & Clarke: Laguna/Denim Clarke & Clarke: Grove/Denim
Romo: Orvieto/Lazuli Romo: Orvieto/Suvi Dresden Villa Nova: Folium/Agapanthus


Image via: Houzz Image via: Clarke & Clarke


Here are some completed projects this month

Chairs upholstered in: Romo Black Goldwyn/Polka Turtledove Wallpaper: Romo Black Xanthina/Zari Olea
Curtains: Pavillion Textiles Riviera/Terracina Berry Curtains: Voyage Munro/Highland Flint with Bead trim on leading edge
Curtains: Ashley Wilde Bloomsbury/Janella Teal Curtains: Prestigious Textiles Fiorella
Voiles: Pavillion Textiles/Chain White Chairs upholstered in: Romo Black Goldwyn/Polka Turtledove

If you have any comments I would love to hear from you.


Sunday, 29 September 2013 19:57

October 2013

Going Monochrome

This month's topic is all about Monochrome. Comfy chairs with bold black and white patterns are all the rage.  In magazines and high streets alike these statement pieces of furniture are being surrounded by minimalist side tables, and bold block coloured accessories.  Orange is my personal favourite colour to compliment the monochrome look, but what is yours, and will you be channelling this adventurous trend into your own home?


 from top left: Beetle Candle by Graham & Green, Turtle Cat Mat by John Lewis, Tyger Tyger holographic foil wallpaper by Osborne & Little, Sunray lamp by Dunelm-mill, sofa by Ikea, Epoca chair by Luxdeco, Stag print duvet set by Graham & Green, Fern Poetica wallpaper by Harlequin

Here are some completed projects this month

 Fabric: Harlequin Chocks Away/Red  Fabric: Pavillion Voiles/Mist Cream
 Wallpaper: Romo Black Xanthina/Kew Amaranth  Fabric: Clarke & Clarke/Nomad Lynx Berry
 Fabric: Harlequin/Folia Sira  Wallpaper: Harlequin/Folia Jena
Fabric: Harlequin Folia/Sira
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:56

September 2013

Decorex 2013

Visited the exquisite, Decorex International Design Show held for the first time at Perks Field, Kensington Palace which ran from 22-25th September.  There were over 300 exhibitors displaying luxury products from vibrant fabrics, unusual wallpaper, bespoke furniture, flooring, kitchens, bathrooms and some incredible lighting.  The show gives visitors inspiration, to engage in the various seminars over the four days, and enjoy the social aspect of having a glass or two of bubbly in the champagne bar.  There was just so much to see, and here are some photographs I want to share with you.


 Antiques by Design  Furnishing fabrics  Spina Designs
 House of Hackney Interiors  Hyde House Designs  Entrance Feature by Kit Kemp
Entrance Feature by Kit Kemp  Barlas Baylar Lighting Angela Faulkner Designs
 Taking a break in the Champagne Bar Timorous Beasties Sofa 
Chelsea Physic Garden Display Tristan Cockerill Furniture
Sanderson Stand  Upholstered furniture in luxurious velvet
Exhausted after a long enjoyable day








Tuesday, 23 July 2013 19:36

June 2013


Cushions are an economic and easy way of creating impact in a room.  There is an abundance of beautiful, sumptous fabrics with so many different sizes and shapes of cushion pads available to create your new look.  Of course, it's completely up to you whether to purchase cushions from a chain store or choose to have them custom made to blend in with your existing furnishings; and it's always good to be on the lookout for something new or interesting.  Beads, tassels, contrast piping, braid, sequins and buttons can all be applied to cushions that can easily transform your overall look without having a complete room makeover.


 Top Row: peacock cushion by Very, Isabella black cushion by Very, flower print cushion by Zara Home, blossom cushion in duck egg by John Lewis

Middle Row: felt duck egg cushion by Next, conscious blue tie-dye cushion by H&M, mimosa patchwork by Clarissahulse, star anise by Clarrisahulse

Bottom Row: woodland spring cushion by Dunelm-Mill, butterfly embroidered cushion by Designers Guild, Ted Baker bird cushion by John Lewis


 Here are some completed projects this month

 Fabric: Villa Nova Malmo Syrup & Malmo Burnt Orange  Fabric: Linwood Sky & Stardust
 Fabric: Designers Guild Country/Camomile Fushia  Fabric: Blind, Headboard & Valance - Harlequin Delphine Louie
 Fabric: Harlequin Natural Elements  Bead Brad: Jane Churchill/Tieback: Jones Interiors
Fabric: Harlequin Annouska Alina Fabric: Headboard & Valance: Harlequin Delphine Emilie


Would love to answer any questions you may have,  just click on the "contact" tab and I will be happy to advise.


Monday, 20 May 2013 09:35

May 2013

Bay Windows

Bay windows are a challenge to dress with soft furnishings as they often have non-standard shapes and sizes.  It is best to seek professional advice from an experienced fitter, as no two windows are ever the same, believe me!  Roman blinds frame bay windows, but depending on the fabric they can appear clinical on their own.  An alternative would be to have roman blinds and dress curtains to soften the overall look.  If choosing to have working curtains then a bespoke bendable curtain pole or track is necessary and needs to be fitted by a professional.

  Here are some completed projects this month

Wallpaper: Scion Melinki/Flight Fabric: Scion Melinki Two/Lace Fabric: Harlequin Kallianthi/Salvia
Wallpaper: Nina Campbell Woodsford Bennington Fabric: Casamance Java Silk Tieback: Nina Campbell Woodsford
Fabric: Voyage Lorient Linden/Rowan Fabric: Romo Tulipa/Fleur Lagoon
Fabric: Harlequin Cassini/Calista Wallpaper: Harelquin Lucido/Avellino
 Wallpaper: Harelquin Lucido/Avellino  Fabric: Voyage Arielli/Ice
Double pinch pleat heading  Fabric: cushions Lorient
Tieback: Charlotte Mauve 10  Fabric: Blendworth/Serenella Hazel