Melanie Downing
Mel Downing hand sewn bespoke curtains, upholstery and finishing touches


Mel offers made-to-measure lined curtains and interlined curtains, pelmets, roman blinds and roller blinds, as well as soft furnishing finishing touches including headboards, window seats, cushions and throws. She also upholsters chairs and sofas.

A wide selection of fabrics are offered to suit all tastes, from traditional to more contemporary or eclectic.

Curtains, Blinds and Soft Furnishings

With years of experience, Mel is always happy to offer advice on styles of window dressing. With so many options available…blinds or curtains, poles or pelmets, long or short, pinch pleats or eyelets, lined or interlined….Mel will carefully guide you through choices and ultimately what will suit your room, together with the fabric chosen and the look you are wanting to achieve.

Mel has a fabulous, experienced team who help her to hand sew the blinds, curtains and cushions. In addition, as she also sews herself, she has an expert knowledge of what will work in every setting. From the initial design consultation and measuring up, through to final hanging and installation, Mel will personally oversee all work


Over the years Mel has invested in a wonderful library of fabric books and takes pride in helping clients quickly source what they are looking for.

All the books are brought to your home which helps to simplify the selection process, not to mention reducing the stress and hassle factor involved in trawling the internet and big department stores. With a fantastic selection of books f rom the popular fabric houses such as Romo, Colefax & Fowler, Jane Churchill, GP & J Baker, Sanderson & William Morris, Mel also has loves using fabrics from some original British Design houses such as Sarah Hardaker, Zoe Glencross, Kate Forman, Jacqueline Milton, Elanbach, Ian Mankin, Moon Wools and Design Forum.

New Collections are regularly launched and Mel loves to keep the collections up to date so she can show you the latest designs, styles and colours

From a single chair to a complete house…


Mel works closely with several talented upholsterers, and can help you to create a bespoke headboard or commission a customised bed.

She is also passionate about sustainability and will work with you to revamp a much loved chair or re-cover dining chairs, giving your furniture a new lease of life rather than adding to landfill.

With numerous contact in the soft furnishings industry, she can also recommend local sofa companies if you want to try before you buy.

Windowseats and cushions of any size, in complementary fabrics of your choice, can all pull together to add colour and texture to any room and ultimately personalise your home.

Finishing Touches

Finishing touches such as tie backs, upholstery and cushions can be chosen either at the beginning of the project, or once your curtains and blinds are in-situ to ensure you are completely happy with the entire scheme.

Mel can also supply curtain poles and is happy to help source the right look for your home and the curtain fabric chosen. She favours wood poles from Byron & Byron, Hunter & Hyland and Cameron Fuller and metal poles from Bradley Collection, The Blacksmith Collection and Made by the Forge.

She works with an experienced fitter and can arrange for professional installation of all curtains and blinds

Call Mel today to arrange your free consultation