Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
The fabric for the formal (grey) salon arrived, I’m thrilled. I’ve been looking at fabric samples for months. I wanted something special and different because the house deserves it; that and the panelling is so fine that most fabrics I tried next to it just didn’t measure up. It’s probably one of the more extravagant things I’ve ever done. We’re going with an embroidered silk and the background colour goes with the original wall colour beautifully.
They’ll be in tête flamande, (just as the original curtains) which means Dutch pleat/pinch pleat, and looks like this:
If you like this sort of material there are really stunning options out there. The best way to go about buying them is contacting fabric warehouses and asking if they have or can get end-of-line bolts. We got ours discounted by 80% which was necessary considering we need over 30 metres for the curtains in the grey salon. Otherwise prepare yourself to pay around €500 a metre for something by Colefax & Fowler, and over €800 for a version by Pierre Frey.