A Moment With Sophie

As a local family run business, we feel it's important to be able to put a face to the name, so we've managed to catch up with Sophie in her very busy week, to give you more of an insight into the creator of Sophie Sews!

What gets you inspired?

When I see a room that’s been neglected, forgotten and just looks awful! I instantly know I’m going to make such a difference to the client's space with all the different design elements we have to offer.

What is your favourite colour palette to work with?

I’m really liking earthy tones right now. I’m currently redoing my living room and have gone for lots of lovely greens, oranges, warm taupes, and br

owns.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about owning your own business?

My least favourite would have to be organising and paying for your own Christmas work do! However, my favourite part about owning my own business is that I’ve essentially created my dream job; I get to do what I love every day of the week.

What makes Sophie Sews unique?

I love that we have our shop on Horsell High Street. It feels great knowing that I’m supporting my local community and the Great British High Street. You can come in and speak to real people and see our products in real life, which I think is unique in this day and age of online buying.

What is your favourite interior trend for 2023?

I love that we’re seeing more animal-inspired schemes popping up this year. There seem to be many fabric collections with animal prints, which I think is directly inspired by what we’ve seen on the runway.

Which new fabric collection are you most excited to stock this year?

Romo’s collaboration with the British fashion house Alice Temperly. I love it when fashion and interiors merge!

What advice would you give to an inspiring interior designer?

  1. Learn as much as you can from others in the industry.

  2. Never think that you know everything.

  3. Always be open to learning more!

What are your future goals for Sophie Sews?

One of our big goals for 2023 is to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. This involves things such as recyclable packaging, reusing fabric waste and a Sophie Sews electric car. We are also starting to increase the interior design services that we offer, so not only could you get your curtains and blinds from Sophie Sews, but you could have your whole room designed by us too!



About Author

Sophie

Every day I feel so fortunate that I can bring together my passion for design and quality craftsmanship to create beautiful homes for our customers with our bespoke curtains, blinds and accessories.

During my childhood, I spent every spare moment endlessly redecorating and reorganising my bedroom, and I thrived in the creative subjects at school! Art, Drama and Textiles became my passions. I went on to do a National Diploma in Interior Design before setting my sights on interior design for the residential market.

Fabrics are a real passion, so I naturally specialised in curtains, blinds and cushions. Starting from my dining room table making my curtains, I quickly progressed with client orders and making for other designers.

After having my second daughter, I realised my real passion was not just for the actual sewing but the design. The product knowledge of which pole will fit where, the fabric colours, designs and textures and putting it together.

Some of the most original artists have been influenced by the most significant creators that painted before them. Since 2012, I have been lucky enough to have had a front-row seat in homes all over Surrey - big houses, small houses, flats, bungalows and mansions! I have gained so much experience from every window I’ve hung a blind at to every sofa I’ve designed a cushion for. But I have had some help along the way.

The suppliers we use are at the very edge of the manufacturing world. Emma Shipley’s fabric ranges have enabled me to bring colour, life and fantasy to my client’s bedrooms. Evans Textiles Evaglide pole range has given me the slick, hard, ringless poles that I can bring to my clients contemporary and crisp-looking new builds.

The history of fabric design is repeated from all eras. I absorb at every meeting with the suppliers that translate into my designs for your homes. I feel exceptionally fortunate to add all this magic to your home, making your home feel unique, beautiful and, above all, the space you love.