We met 10 years ago, when both our husbands were serving in the army (at the RMA Sandhurst). We had an instant connection with our mutual love of fabrics and interior decorating. our friendship was secured during long dog walks, during which we talked endlessly about what we could do once we had settled in our final homes. We have both “followed the flag”, and lived in over 30 houses between us in places such as Australia, Canada, Berlin and Malaysia. Every time we moved into a new house, the paint pots and sewing machines would come out, so that we could turn it into something we wanted to live in. Before she married, Susannah worked for an interior designer in London, Elizabeth trained as a nanny, and continued to work with children.
Both of us had made curtains for people over the years, but neither us felt we wanted it pursue it on our own as it was a bit solitary. We finally settled in our own homes and serendipitously found ourselves living 15 minutes apart. Susannah and her husband undertook a major renovation of a cottage, and Elizabeth settled with her husband in an old school house.
Susannah’s sister had recently moved to a beautiful old manor house, and she threw down the gauntlet; were we ready to start the business we had talked about for so long? We took the plunge and Winser and Hill was formed. We took ourselves off to a professional curtain making course, to hone our skills, and prepare us for the nitty gritty of running a business.
We pride ourselves on listening to clients, and help them overcome any awkward windows. We are very good a working within a budget, making something look good without spending a fortune when necessary; we are just as happy reworking an existing curtain as we are using the latest designs. Our clients appreciate the fact that we can supply fabric from most of the major fabric houses, or we are extremely happy for them to source their own. We sell our workmanship rather than products.
We are Winser & Hill. Bespoke curtains, beautifully made…