“I’ve always been passionate about design. After leaving college when I was 17, I was lucky enough to train as a graphic designer in an architectural/planning/urban design practice in Central London. But after 13 years of my career in London, and then having my second child a little over 3 years ago, I decided a change was necessary.
I wanted to find something I could do that would work around my children’s routines locally, but also to do something that I was passionate about and enjoyed doing. I have always had such a huge interest in interior design, so taking on one aspect of this made total sense. Starting with soft furnishings. My sister Carly and I researched the relevant training courses and off we went. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our training. There was no doubt about it, we were absolutely certain that this was the way forward for us and decided to start up a business.
We absolutely love working with different fabrics, how patterns work well together, trims and borders, different textures, and using all this to design bespoke, handmade, curtains, Roman blinds and other soft furnishings. Our business has taken off hugely from the very first day of starting up. We are so amazed and grateful by the support we’ve had locally. We have even been commissioned by local commercial businesses as well as residential clients. We have also had opportunities to collaborate with other amazing interior design businesses in and around the area. We both feel such a sense of achievement every time a project is completed and we see our work finished and fitted in the room it was made and designed for. We have also been very lucky to work with the most amazing clients. We love seeing the excitement in their faces when we present our ideas to them, not to mention when the finished product is fitted in their homes. The last three years since setting up The Drapery Tunbridge Wells have been amazing and we both couldn’t be happier!”
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We are a local family business run by two sisters, situated in Tunbridge Wells and West Wickham.
At The Drapery, we design and make the finest quality soft furnishings. Crafted by hand, our bespoke curtains and roman blinds can add high impact to your room, with the advantage of being 100% unique and designed specifically to your taste.
Our design advice is absolutely free, as we love nothing more than advising our clients on the perfect colour scheme and fabrics, to create the most stunning soft furnishings for your home.