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Australian House & Garden July 2012

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  1. Lena #

    Hi Kate

    i’m loving your home… the mix of luxe and eclectic. i am just wondering where you got your curtains from. i know from the article the aqua curtains are from david jones, how about the curtains in the living room? also, are they both silk, or a polyester? i am looking for that slubbed raw silk look, but i am concerned about them fading and rotting. did you use an interlining?

    thanks for your help Kate.


    July 28, 2012
    • kate #

      Hi Lena,
      The living room curtains are also raw silk. They are fully lined and I have had them for 3-4 years and no fading at all. In my previous apartment I made some silk curtains myself (out of silk saris I had purchased in India) and they faded really quickly – within 12 months they needed replacing. The lining is also really necessary for the front ‘shop’ window otherwise it is impossible to heat the room in winter. Also, I find they hang better with proper lining/interfacing: you don’t need as much fabric to make them appear quite voluminous.
      I got them from DJs for two reasons. Firstly, their range of shot silks was gorgeous and couldn’t find them elsewhere. Secondly, I bought them on a payment plan: interest-free for 3 years which I paid monthly (about the cost of one coffee per day). Warwick Fabrics has a similar line but I found the colours to be not as beautifully vibrant and you also have to them stump up the money in one go.
      I hope that helps.

      July 30, 2012
  2. Lena #

    thanks for your help Kate. i’ll pop into DJs on monday and have a look. but thanks for all the information to using silk… i feel reassured to go ahead and use the real deal rather than polyester. and i love a good payment plan with david jones!
    thank you.

    August 4, 2012

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