As many of my readers will know, we moved into our new forever home recently, having spent over a year in serious renovation. I honestly didn’t realize the scope of the renovation before we started – and how much stress and pressure it could put a family under, so it’s a massive relief to be finally living in our family home and being able to decorate and put my finishing touches on a blank space. It was definitely worth all the blood, sweat and tears in the end and now comes the fun bit of making the space our own – starting with some bespoke blinds from Couture Living!
We have a brand new kitchen that rolls into a large open plan living room and dining room. We knocked down three interior walls to make it an open family space with breakfast bar, so that I never feel shut off from the family whether I’m cooking, doing the dishes, working on my writing or watching TV – this is the focal space of the whole family and we spend the vast majority of our time here in this single open room. It’s got loads of light with new windows, but how do you decorate those windows?
It was whilst I was thinking of my kitchen window that I was introduced to Couture Living. Couture Living are a brand with an ethos that I can really get behind – highly skilled craftspeople making bespoke, high quality products here in a specialist workshop in the UK. They offer curtains, voile curtains, blinds and voile blinds with a massive array of fabrics across a wide selection of designer brands such as Anthology, Christian Lacroix, Designers Guild, Mulberry Home, Nina Campbell, Ralph Lauren, Zoffany and many more.
Before deciding on which fabric I wanted I chose six samples from the catalogue. For me the samples were important because I have quite a specific mustard colour in my kitchen and colour matched one of my living room walls to match with bespoke paint, therefore it was important that the blind either matched, or complemented this colour scheme.
The samples actually proved to me that none of the mustard fabrics I liked on Couture Living were a match to my tiling, which resulted in me moving on to other complementary colours – not a problem, and definitely something you need to know in advance! As my sofa, living room highlights and the marble highlights in my white granite worktop were grey, I ended up deciding on a beautiful fabric called Acacia Pigeon, by Romo. Being able to order samples quickly through the website made the process of choosing the perfect fabric very easy for me.
The second part of the process of creating my bespoke blinds with Couture Living was measuring my space. The blinds are made for your exact space, making it fit the window perfectly and it’s very simple to measure following the handy guide provided by Couture Living. I inputted these into the website and could choose a few extra details such as whether I wanted the chain controller on the left or the right. The ordering process was extremely easy and then it was just a matter of waiting excitedly for my delivery.
Delivery was prompt and I was kept informed every step of the way. As this is a bespoke product you do have to wait for it to be crafted, which took 7 days in my situation. Delivery was fast and efficient, with the blinds being posted in a massive roll tube which kept them completely protected with no risk of damage at all. Once it had arrived, attaching it was a fairly simple job, requiring just an electric drill and four holes placed in the lintel of the window to secure the fitting. If you’re not confident about fitting this yourself, it’s not a problem, as Couture Living offer a full Measure, Make and Fit service, but we found installation easy, taking about 30 minutes. The blind is easily removed if needed, and the fabric is removable without removing the fixtures, so you can wash the blind as needed (follow the instructions for your specific fabric.)
I do apologize for the state of the garden. We’ve renovated the house, but the garden is a work in progress. If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you can get updates as this garden is getting a full overhaul in the spring this year and I’ll be posting more about that as it happens.
The fabric is such amazing quality and the design beautiful and I’ve already received compliments from everyone who has seen it.
I’m so happy that I decided to go with bespoke blinds from Couture Living for this space. The kitchen is integral to my happiness and the whole family as I’m an avid cook. I really feel that this space has been improved by this amazing fabric blind. What do you think, does it work with my white walls, mustard tiling and white granite worktops? What would you choose for your kitchen? Let me know in the comments!
If you’re interested in sprucing up your interior yourself, with bespoke, made to measure curtains or blinds, I have had a great experience with Couture Living and would not hesitate to use them again. You can visit their homepage, look at their impressive collection of fabrics, or follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to get ideas for your interior.
Disclosure – I was sent a complimentary blind (featured above) by Couture Living to review and asked to share my feedback, which I have done honestly.