Blackdown Shepherd Huts are always well dressed! And much of that is down to A Touch of Elegance, a wonderful local company who have an eye for design and detail.

To showcase our collaborations, our first chat is with Susan who runs A Touch of Elegance, based in Ilminster in Somerset, so you can learn a little more about her and the work she does to make our huts look even more amazing inside.

1. How long has Touch of Elegance been running and where do you source from?

We have been in business for 23 years and my main fabric companies are Colefax and Fowler, Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Voyage Decoration, Linwood plus many others. We supply fabrics, wall coverings and paints, and lighting and along with this we offer a makeup service for re-upholstery and loose covers and we also make up cushions.

2. Who or what are your inspirations?

My clients inspire me! I like to build up a relationship with my clients and build upon their needs and lifestyle.

4. What have been your favourite projects?

Each project is different and I have a very diverse clientele. I particularly like design work, but if I had to choose one it would be Linwood Policeman wallpaper and a blind that I drew on fabric to compliment the interior.
I also enjoy period work and love a challenge. Dressing the shepherd huts is great fun.

5. What’s your key demographic?

Those that appreciate quality and are in the position to buy accordingly.

6. What are your favourite home/design magazines?

I love to read Home and Gardens and Period Living.

7. Why are your products so versatile?

We can make anything from a cushion to swags and tails, re-upholstery and loose covers.

8. What recommendations can you give for people who want to use your interior design service?

We work out colour schemes and have a flow from room to room, and we help to work out the budget available. Don’t rush decisions and wait until you can get the right thing. Don’t compromise!

9. How has it been working with Blackdown and what do you love about dressing the huts?

I love working with Blackdown because they are calm and fun. Dresing the huts means I can put themes to them and create a smile.

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