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Are we to believe that there is an association between work and play? Accordingly to Warwick Fabrics, there is. Are they also telling us that we should focus more our services to meet the demand of the SOHO (Small Office, Home Office) market?

SOHO room

Over the years more and more professional people are creating home offices that allow them to work from home a number of hours or days a week after negotiations with their company or are simply downsizing and outsourcing to run a more cost effective small business from a smaller and more space efficient room.   Commercial offices suppliers are taking advantage of this boom and making interior designers aware of their products and its adaptability to the SOHO market.Early in the year and to be exact on 8th May I was invited to attend a function at Warwick Fabrics titled “WORK, REST and PLAY” at their Sydney showroom in Glebe.

Event such as this allow us to see in practice the endless possibilities of each product and its applications and it help us maintain a connection between suppliers and clients. Warwick Fabrics in a leading supplier of domestic and commercial fabrics for designers. They range is second to none and it caters for every demand and requirement.

Warwick Fabrics is an Australian owned company that supplies the Australian market with a range of fabrics and leathers to interior designers and decorators for either the domestic or commercial applications.

The Warwick family has always been at the cutting-edge of fabric trends. In the Sixties and Seventies it was vinyl and velvet; in the Eighties and Nineties it was range development and international distribution. Today Warwick Fabrics is a household name in innovation, quality and service around the world.

Warwick Fabrics

Warwick Fabrics -Anthropology selection

The Staff at Warwick Fabrics did a fantastic job in turning the modestly large showroom in to a massive exhibition centre. This was achieved by turning car parking areas into an exhibition rooms.

I had the pleasure of meeting the newly appointed State Manager Mr. Clinton Truman, who was kind to show me around

Mr Clinton Truman and me at the REST, WORK, PLAY function

Mr. Truman explained to me that in collaboration with some of their partners, mock-up rooms where set up and decorated to showcase all new applications and trends on the fabrics that can be purchased here for domestic and commercial applications.

 WARWICK FABRICS…..”a household name in innovation, quality and service”

Fabrics in commercial applications

Hospitality Room


My Journey from Hobby Renovator to Experienced Interior Designer

My interest in art, interior decoration, interior design and architecture is no doubt inspired by my childhood and youth in Old Havana, the great historical district of the city of Havana, Cuba, being the first of the colonial settlements in Latin America.

Subsequently it became the starting point of Spain’s dominance over Latin America, being the last country to achieve independence. It is now acknowledged as one of the most outstanding examples of Spanish colonial architecture, as was formally recognized by its listing by UNESCO as a World Heritage in 1982.

Typical colonial architecture in Old Havana

Baroque style architectura in Old Havana, Cuba
Sample of a Baroque style architecture in Old Havana, Cuba

This has led to the restoration on many of its beautiful, ornate baroque and more sober neo-classic, buildings, which line its elegant squares. Stained glass is everywhere, lending splashing kaleidoscope of colour to its interiors. Horse drawn carriages still clip-clop along its cobbled streets, and in this “city of columns”, as Columbus called it; people still seek shade in the elegant verandahs.

Vibrant used of colours influenced by my Caribbean roots

This microcosm of classic and baroque styles, highlighted with the brilliant hues of the Caribbean still inspires my work as an interior designer and lover of colourful elegance. I try to reflect and celebrate this coming together of the European, Caribbean and Spanish cultures in my work.

Coming to live in Australia has opened  endless sources of inspiration and possibilities for my to pass on my experience in living with colours and well planned spaces.

My first renovation was almost by accident; I wanted to create a beautiful garden in a small space, so a lot of space planning needed to take place. More than anything, everything that was to be part of the garden needed to serve a purpose and be a focal point; like a water fountain, a garden shed for tools and a clothe’s line.

Once  this was achieved, I moved into the interior of the house; because you cannot have a beautiful garden without having a beautiful living space.

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In my future postings I will be talking about industry services, interior designing tips, products for the office, the home etc. that I have been asked to review as well as events launches that I have attended.

…………coming up Warwick Fabrics -Rest, Play and Work. April 2012