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.

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
Monday, 29 April 2013 09:04

April 2013

Over the last few months I have been asked to style room makeovers for children. Bedrooms that were originally decorated for an infant have become outgrown.  As they prepare for a new transition to secondary school, they want to feel more grown up approaching this exciting phase in their life.  Gone are the days when kids had a table and chair as a workspace in their bedroom, the merchandise on the high street has given a whole new dimension to interior design of bedrooms for children. Teenagers' bedrooms are a private refuge, an area where they can be alone, that can be an office, and can also act as a social area (without prying parents) to be with their friends. So the decor needs to be trendy yet multifunctional. The colours should be bright and fresh with a modern design.

The most common problem that we parents have to deal with is,"clutter", which usually ends up in a pile on the floor. This is where dedicated storage space is required (Ikea is a wonderful source for bookcases and desks without spending a fortune). If purchasing a new wardrobe, choose one with drawers to store kit bags and sporting equipment.  It might be time to purchase a new bigger bed for the growing youngster, and upholstered high headboards give a tailored and luxurious feel. If space is limited then perhaps a small double divan bed is the answer, with space saving storage drawers. Lighting is important, and fitting a dimmer switch is helpful. Girls love chandeliers and sparkly lights, and there are so many to choose from at reasonable prices.

Below is a completed project for a girl, and to help the client I provided as always an on-line moodboard as inspiration and guidance.

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Here are some fresh modern fabrics and wallpaper ideas from Designers Guild and Scion which are very suitable for teenagers

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 Designers Guild: Amrapali/ottelia wallpaper  Designers Guild:Amrapali/jacaranda fabric
 Designers Guild: Castellani/Morisset fabric
Scion: Wabi Sabi/Shibori wallpaper Scion: Wabi Sabi/Meiko fabric Scion: Wabi Sabi/Loop wallpaper

Check out these great ideas for teenager bedrooms


1. Stroller Desk from Made, 2. Light from Next, 3. Cushion from Dwell, 4. Osborne & Little wallpaper "penguin", 5. Osborne & Little wallpaper "komodo dragon" 6. Dog Tooth bed throw from Dwell, 7. Bedside table from Made, 8. Pewter chandelier from Dunelm Mill, 9. Mirror from RVastley, 10. Cow Hide rug from Dwell, 11. Wool throw from Zara Home, 12. Pink Geometric rug from Zara Home, 13. Wardrobe with storage from Ikea, 14. Patterned cushion from H&M Home, 15. White Desk from Ikea, 16. Black sofa from Debenhams


Here are some completed projects this month

Single Pleat Heading  Fabric: Romo Tulipa/Keiko Capri
Fabric: Sanderson Taormina Velvet/King Crimson Fabric: Designers Guild Primrose Hill/Chalk Farm Blossom
 Fabric: Chess Designs Venus/April Ruby - Double pleat  
Fabric: Chess Designs/April Ruby  Fabric: Montgomery/Meander Blk & Silver
Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:55

March 2013

This Spring brighten up your home with a splash of yellow. Yes the banana/lemon colour combination could be closing in on your kitchen, invading your lounge or even making its way towards your bedroom. We recommend avoiding a completely yellow room ("argh! my eyes"), also steer well away from painting a whole wall yellow. The more wary room creators should tie in the colour yellow with soft greys and loud yellow accessories. Just remember, embrace Spring and inspiration shall come to you. Until then I have put together some of my favourite accessories with the colour yellow to spark your minds.

(author: Lucy Hangartner)



1. Margherita dinner plate by Amara, 2. Cushion in saffron yellow by Achica, 3. Candle by Designers Guild, 4. Jug by Joanna Wood, 5. Yellow base lamp by Okadirect,

6. Lamp by Dwell, 7. Daffodil tile by Fired Earth, 8. Storage jar by Orlakiely

Latest Fabric & Wallpaper by Romo


Romo have just released their divine new Romo Black Xanthina collection.  A stunning collection of  fabrics with rich colour palettes combined with sumptuous spray dyed velvets, floral digital prints, embroideries, damask and floral jacquards.  The imaginative wallpaper collection features flocked and metallic effects which co-ordinate with the fabrics perfectly.

"Xanthina" Eden Verbena Fabric "Xanthina" Boheme Clematis Fabric "Xanthina" Byzantine Verbena Fabric
"Xanthina" Jackson Flock Charcoal Wallpaper "Xanthina" Zari Gold Dust Wallpaper "Xanthina" Kasbah Charcoal Wallpaper
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Here are a few pictures of the completed projects I have been working on this month

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 Fabric: Harlequin Iridium Cream (main) & Iridium Green (contrast)  Fabric: Ashley Wilde Linden Sky
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 Fabric: Design Forum Anastasia Aqua Pink  Fabric: Chess Amalfi Sorrento - charcoal/cerise (curtains)
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 Fabric: Harlequin Momentum Silver Luxe  Fabric: James Brindley Silk with tassel fringe
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 Fabric: Voyage Highland Munro Damson


Thanks for visiting!


18 March 2013


Edwina Gratham

4 Pilgrim Place






To Supply the following:-





Dry clean existing curtains



Lining @ £4.99



Pair triple pleat interlined hand-made curtains

(4 widths) - alteration





Thursday, 07 February 2013 16:05

February 2013

Pantone decides the colour of the year by communicating with designers and decorators to determine the trend colour for the year ahead. They have announced their Colour of the Year for 2013, Emerald Green, a lively, radiant, and lush green. Here are some inspirational images of this gorgeous colour.


1. Notebook by Moleskin, 2. Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair, 3. Murano glass chandelier, 4. Brabantia Bin, 5. Mulberry Hall Fish, 6. Le Creuset Casserole, 7. Donna Wilson Birds Nest Plate, 8. Ting Seat Belt Cube


Here are a few pictures of the completed projects I have been working on this month.


Fabric: Linwood Bronze Elemental


Fabric: Lorient Arielli Cream (main fabric) & Honey (border)


Fabric: Lorient Arielli Cream (main fabric) & Honey (border)


 Fabric: Linwood Bronze Elemental


Fabric: Colefax & Fowler Kelburn Check


Fabric: Harlequin Romaine Plain Poppy Red


Remember the colour proportion design rule is 70-20-10. 70% of your room should be in one colour (floor, walls and ceiling), 20% should be the second colour (curtains and furniture) and 10% (cushions, lamps, accessories etc).

Three easy steps to create a colour scheme

  • Find an inspiration piece in the room that will help you decide your colour scheme.  It can be anything from artwork, a rug or an upholstered chair.  
  • Pick 3 or 4 colours from your inspiration piece that will become your colour scheme.
  • Remember colour proportion rule is 70/20/10 for three colours or 60/20/10/10 for four colours. 


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