For many people searching for the kind of inspirational fabrics that provide a touch of individual flair for the home, the only solution is to head for the soft-furnishing showrooms of London. Here in Suffolk, however, Nick Crocker, of Red House Textiles, provides a complete selection and design service that makes such a daunting expedition to the capital unnecessary.
These may include:
• curtains and blinds
Clients are able to browse the collections in a colourful and convivial atmosphere and, once a final selection has been made, Red House Textiles will place orders on their behalf. In addition the following services are also offered:
• advice on interior design schemes from the beautiful showroom or in the comfort of a client’s own home
• referral to trusted local workshops for assistance in the making-up of curtains, blinds, and furniture upholstery
• cushions made up in one-off Batik fabrics as well as fabrics from the collections
• bespoke cushions made up in any size, using Red House Textiles fabrics and trimmings For fabrics, prices start from as little as £25 a metre up to £250 for the handmade fabrics.
• bespoke lampshades made up in a variety of sizes, using Red House Textiles fabrics and trimmings
• a selection of handmade, scented candles completes the offering.
Based in a converted stable block in the village of Ufford, near Woodbridge, Nick has created an impressive collection that includes a bespoke international selection of soft-furnishing textiles and trimmings from the UK and Europe. Most of them are produced using “handmade” techniques, such as hand-blocking or hand screen-printing and they originate from collections that Nick has used successfully during his distinguished design career.
Nick is a qualified architectural interior designer who trained at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design in London. He has worked for several internationally acclaimed design practices, including Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler and Chester Jones. Having moved to Suffolk in 2013 with the intention of setting up his own business, Red House Textiles was established to provide a unique collection of exquisite textiles and trimmings that are not readily available in the immediate area.
The aim is to ensure that clients can enjoy the perfect environment in which to browse a diverse collection of fabrics and trimmings that can be used for all home soft-furnishing needs.
Often it can be difficult for shoppers trying to select suitable fabrics for curtains, blinds and upholstery to picture exactly how a fabric will look back at home. It is one thing to be impressed by small pieces displayed as part of a sample collection but another to isolate a specific fabric so that it will create the desired effect. To allow clients to form a better impression of how something will fit into their particular home environment, Nick utilises large-scale samples so that he can present a more accurate idea of how they will look, perhaps after being draped across furniture or hanging beside a window.
Nick is also keen to emphasise that clients can choose the degree to which they want him to become involved, whether offering a detailed perspective – or not at all, if that is what they would prefer. Nick’s input and guidance extends to projects great or small, from an expansive scheme, encapsulating a whole room, to choosing a single scatter cushion. Although Nick always makes the best use of his extensive, personal interior design experience he will also, where appropriate, work with other experts – practitioners who can complement the advice and guidance he offers. This means clients can be assured that all their needs will be met, ensuring ultimate satisfaction throughout the entire selection and design experience.
Red House Textiles, Red House Stables, The Red House
High Street, Ufford, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6EL
Open daily Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm and by appointment, if required.