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.

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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Before After


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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All images thanks to Romo Black Edition - Romoblack


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. 


Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00

January 2013

Welcome to my new blog!

I’ll be sharing design tips and inspiration for creating wonderful homes for you and your family.  I shall be updating you with projects that have been completed, along with the latest fabric designs and accessory items that I love.

I visited the Interiors UK 2013 exhibition at the Birmingham NEC for a preview of the latest interior furnishings, trends and products that were on display. The show was held over three days and the NEC halls had some beautiful interior furniture and accessories. Here are some of my photos from the exhibition.

 Please participate by reading, sharing and commenting. Let me know what subjects interest you. Send in your design questions and I shall do my best to answer them (really!).

Thanks for visiting!


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