How to bring a holiday vibe to your home and garden

PUBLISHED: 10:24 24 June 2020 | UPDATED: 10:24 24 June 2020

Promenade Mysterieuse 
by Pierre Frey

Promenade Mysterieuse by Pierre Frey


Our columnist, Cookham Dean-based interior designer Sandra Rothwell of Sandra Rothwell Interiors offers creative ideas to make the most of your home and garden.

What a difference a few months can make. Most of us would be looking forward to a summer holiday abroad but these are mostly put on hold – for now.

You can, however, bring a holiday vibe to your home with a bit of clever design escapism. Pierre Frey have a wonderful collection of scenic wallpapers – how about a stunning beach location, or a beautiful garden scene?

Both tranquil and mood enhancing, these would work particularly well in a conservatory where extra light floods in through the windows.

Fabrics can play their part in creating the right ambience too. Floaty voiles in white, overprinted with florals (see Création Baumann, evoke feelings of being carefree, akin to being on holiday. In addition, there are many printed fabrics that can help create a beach scene, a lake view, or sunny skies. This would work really well in a child’s bedroom or playroom too, bringing a happy and magical feel to the space. If you have a particular holiday style in mind,

I can happily recommend a choice of fabrics that would help create the look you want to achieve.

We are having the most amazing start to summer with blue skies and gorgeous sunshine – perfect for outdoors but sometimes a bit of a challenge indoors. Trying to work at a desk located near large windows, which let in direct sunlight, can be uncomfortable. There are many options available to successfully dress all types of windows and, with a bit of careful thought, they can achieve the look that feels best suited to your home. Sometimes, a combination of layers may work better, such as blackout blinds underneath voiles, giving you the option of controlling the light at different times of the day.

Getting a good sleep on summer nights when it gets light so early can also be a challenge. There are many blackout fabrics that work well for curtains and blinds, but it is how these are fitted that determines whether they are successful or not. Careful positioning of poles or blind tracks needs to be considered so the light does not filter through. I am working with an Italian company who have developed a blackout blind that fits directly into the window frame and is easily adjusted from the top and the bottom – this is a fabulous design that works brilliantly.

Another option that can work well is ceiling mounted tracks. These work well with Wave™ headings, which allow the fabric to hang in soft waves but stack back very neatly to the side of the windows, allowing for perfect coverage when needed but not impeding the light or view from the window when the curtains are open. These fabulous tracks can also be used as room dividers – hanging either blackout curtains or even sound proofing curtains. This is a great way to create an office space for working from home that gives privacy when needed but keeps the room open plan when not.

Technology is constantly advancing and many fabrics are being manufactured not just for their look and feel but also their practicality. Easy to clean fabrics are now becoming very important, with bleach clean abilities necessary for many contract uses but equally relevant in the home. Studiotex

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