I worked with Mel over a period of a few months on a number of rooms in my house. During that time, she made numerous curtains for our bedroom, kitchen, snug, hall and study as well as altering other curtains and blinds. All the curtains she made were beautiful and immaculately put together with great attention to detail - I was delighted. In the process she also helped and advised me and my husband choose the fabrics - remaining patient during our deliberations and always bringing all her fabric books to our house - so the whole process was easy, quick and pleasant and her taste was impeccable. We made much better decisions following her advice. She also upholstered a stool and a chair. I would be very happy to recommend her.
I am extremely pleased with the curtains and cushions undertaken by Mel. She has always been reliable, and really puts herself out to help and advise, showing great patience. She has a good eye and the work is of a very high standard. I am delighted with all she has done.
Thank you Mel
My partner and I moved to a newly built house in January 2016. We wanted to have a complete transformation of style and colour to complement the new property. We quickly realized that we needed professional advice in order to make the most of this exciting opportunity. Fortunately, we found Melanie Downing Interiors’ website, and quickly arranged an initial consultation.
Mel is great to work with – she listened very carefully to our concepts for the new house, and took full consideration of existing furniture and interior fittings. As a result, her fabric recommendations ensured that the overall interior looks integrated and harmonious. The whole process was very creative and achieved a look of effortlessly elegant – just what we were wanting! The workmanship of Mel’s team who make up the curtains, blinds and cushions is of the highest standards – everything is beautifully made.
We would recommend Mel with complete confidence, and we are thrilled with the way our new house has been transformed into a warm and welcoming home through the imaginative use of the interior decoration.
After receiving three or four quotes from other interior service providers I chose Melanie because she exudes professionalism with a very warm and friendly manner. Melanie was a joy to work with. She instantly knew what we had in mind and presented us with the right fabrics and gave us such invaluable advice. My home feels and looks exactly how I wanted it to thanks to Mel
Having Mel’s sample books and valuable advice in the comfort of your own home, is not only a real treat but makes the process of furnishing more inspiring and efficient. We are delighted with the results.
Mel thank you for all your help and inspiration, the finished result is superb and working with you was a joy. The pelmets and curtains are beautifully made and look fabulous. You delivered on every level, including having everything done within the required timescale – so rare these days! We will certainly be asking for your help and expertise again in the future.
Thanks for the beautiful curtains and blinds. They have enhanced the peace and history of this 1690's barn, whilst being well made, well hung and a perfect fabric for the venue. Thank you.
Mel has made me some excellent curtains. She bought a huge range of fabric choices to my house and was very helpful in guiding me towards choosing the perfect look to suit my house. Mel was very efficient and the curtains were made within a short time.
I would recommend her highly.
Just wanted to say a big thank you. The blinds are up and look fantastic.
It was great to meet someone who instantly knew what I was looking for, both in the en-suite and dining room, and able to eliminate the thankless task of wading through books which were either too expensive for us or just not our cup of tea. Thanks again and I'm sure we'll be back to you soon to start on the sitting room!.
Mel clearly has a lot of knowledge and expertise in the field of curtains and soft furnishings. She offers a completely tailor made service according to your needs and finances, and her creativity knows no bounds!
I wanted quite a relaxed, modern farmhouse feel to my curtains and Mel knew exactly the look I was trying to achieve. She steered me in the right direction with fabrics, suggested poles and accessories and then produced beautifully made curtains. I cannot recommend highly enough.
Thanks Mel for your speedy, helpful and friendly advice. The curtains look great and we appreciate that you not only give advice but also listen to what we say. We shall be back for more.
We are delighted with our new curtains They are beautiful and produced to a very high standard of accuracy and superb quality. Mel is clearly a very experienced and talented designer.
I first met Mel when I was looking at possible curtain suppliers in the area. I asked 3 or 4 people round and Mel was the person I felt most comfortable, who I also enjoyed chatting to about things other than curtains.
We started small with a couple of diffusion blinds to provide privacy from the road in two rooms. Then we progressed to the sitting room and Mel helped me choose contrasting and complementary fabrics for blinds, curtains and cushions.The overall result is sumptious, elegant and calming.
With this success behind us, Mel came back this year and helped me with study blinds (Romo vibrant lime), guest bedroom blind (Harlequin modern floral), bathroom blinds (Jim Thompson) and finally our bedroom blinds and curtains (gorgeous embroidered fabric with a kaleidoscope of colours by Baker Lifestyle).
With Mel's help we have made all the rooms special and I've been more adventurous/enterprising with my choices than I would have been if I had gone to a department store for help and ideas. When I get to the next rooms Mel will definitely be on the list of people to call to help us get our finishing touches right.
It does feel like working with a friend who knows their stuff rather than a supplier who just wants an order!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for my wonderful curtains; you have done a fantastic job!! The service I received was professional and friendly throughout and your advice on what would look good was spot on – I am just so pleased with the results. The service from initial advice, through measuring up, to the final hanging of the curtains was expertly and efficiently carried out and was completely stress free on my part. The quality and fit are excellent. I have already recommended your service to friends and will continue to do so! Thanks!!”
Mel Downing provides an excellent curtain and cushion making service. She has a good range of fabrics to choose from, great ideas and her work is excellent. I would warmly recommend her.”
Mel recently helped me with kitchen blinds, sofa cushions and upholstering a chair and footstool. It is so nice to be able to browse through wallpaper and fabric samples at home and discuss all the options as well as the budget. Mel has a great range to select from and is very quick about providing samples. She is skilled at putting colours and textures together and quickly understood the look I wanted to create. My room looks pretty, cosy, contemporary but in keeping with it’s Edwardian charm. I am looking forward to working on the rest of the house with her.”
I was introduced to Mel by my sister who was delighted with her new dining room curtains. I'd just finished a lot of work on my house and needed blinds and curtrains throughout. I just couldn't find what I wanted in the shops and I was completely fazed by reels of material. So it was great when Mel came over with all the sample books and we sat on the floor and worked out just what would look right. I'd cut out pictures from magazines so Mel could see what kind of look I was after and she came up with the perfect solution.
We took it room by room and Mel was just superb at linking the upstairs cool colours with warmer colours downstairs. The kitchen blind sets off the Farrow & Ball verre de terre paint perfectly. Blinds and curtains are beautifully made, the house looks contemporary yet cosy and I couldn't be happier with the result. You've added the perfect finishing touch Mel, thank you