Can you help me find a multi-coloured, striped blind for my kitchen, mainly in burnt orange on a white background?
Unless your window is a standard size, it is difficult to find ready-made blinds in your choice of colour and size. I suggest you have a look at Pret A Vivre. Fabrics are clearly categorised by colour and type (there is a search for Stripes) and they will custom made curtains or blinds to your window's specifications. They have three locations in London, and a measuring and fitting service is available across the UK.
I am looking for someone who will make linen cushion covers embroidered or printed with a quotation in our design.
Parna are specialists in bed linen and accessories made from vintage textiles, including cushions from old linen grain sacks, hand-worked folk costumes and hand-embroidered pieces. They can also make bespoke cushion covers, hand-embroidered on vintage linen with name, date and greeting of choice.
I have three windows with awful views of the back of an office block. I hate net curtains, yet need to let as much light in as possible. Any ideas?
Caroline Rees Glass Design specialise in contemporary etched glass for windows, which is an alternative to traditional obscure glass, and can be made to order in an original design. Have you considered shutters? Louvred shutters provide a covering for the windows and if the blades are tilted, light can still come into the room. There are many shutter makers listed on our website, including The California Shutters Co, The Capella Shutter Company or Deco. Venetian blinds can also allow light in but provide privacy as you can control the direction of the slats. Companies like BellaVista Shutters & Blinds can help with this solution. For a softer option, you could use a sheer linen panel beneath a Roman blind - this would still let in light. You could try sheer linens from Volga Linen or from Ada & Ina .
I am looking for a curtain pole covered in leather and preferably with finials in a nickel finish.
McKinney & Co are specialists in all types of exquisite poles, finials, pelmets, coronas and doorknobs in every conceivable style. Each item can be custom-finished. Glass and all metals are mixed with wood, leather and gilt. Another company you could try is the soft furnishing specialist House Couturier; they have hand-made leather curtain poles in five colours.
I would like to cover the ground floor windows of my house with a contemporary- look fabric as I dislike net curtains. Can I hang this fabric quite flat with a weighted bottom bar rather than have it gathered, or would it look too much like I have just hung a flat bed sheet against the window?
That should work. I suggest attaching the fabric to a pelmet with Velcro so it is easy to remove for washing. Also consider: 1. Screening only the bottom half if you have sash windows. 2. Using the sheer fabric to make a stiffened roller blind. 3. Using an iron pole (which could be hung from the ceiling or wall) and hanging the sheer fabric from the pole with ties. 4. Making a soft blind which rolls up.