Hi my name is Christina Barratt (Chrissy), and I set up Tailor-Made Home. I recently moved back to Suffolk with my family and business after 17 years away, and there really is no place quite like home!
My passion for interiors began when I was five years old and my grandad made my first dolls house. He and my mum made everything themselves from the house and furniture, to the dolls and their clothes. Much to their dismay I put the dolls to one side, emptied out the furniture and found my paintbrushes while I set about redesigning the decor. When I was six my mum taught me to make mini curtains for the it and I was very excited when she bought me my first sewing machine at the age of nine. Throughout my study of Restoration of Historic Buildings and a career in estate agency I developed my skills in making soft furnishings until I had no time left for anything other than curtain-making. Life got pretty busy with a young family and a business (which was growing faster than I had anticipated!) and so the team begun.
Nowadays I’m incredibly lucky and have an exceptionally capable team of traditional curtain-makers, professional fitters and supportive suppliers of the best quality fabrics and sundries behind me, which frees me up to do what I love most – sit on the floor with my clients, surrounded by beautiful fabric samples and a cup of tea, while I get to know exactly what they want and need from their soft furnishings.
Curtains and blinds aren’t just there to look pretty; they help keep out draughts, keep heat in, screen you from the outside world, help you see your computer screen or TV on a sunny day, assist you with security, deflect the sun’s heat, help babies and night-workers sleep during daylight hours, soften the glare from the sun, cushion sound, help you lay in on a Sunday morning and ultimately - they make a house feel like home.