Celebrating 15 years in business

Posted 17th June 2023

Doors have opened at a treasure trove for people looking for anything from material remnants to products that will offer a stylish touch to a home.

The shop is the latest initiative for Sue Cardy who saw an opportunity to make better use of the space at her showroom and workshop based at Sywell Aerodrome. 

Sue will be offering a good selection of fabric end of rolls and remnants which range from luscious printed velvets to crisp cottons and textured silks or linens, plains through to traditional and contemporary patterns, something for everyone who enjoys crafting and sewing.  There is a wealth of other items from soft furnishings to accessories.  These include handmade glass from Nobile, interesting individual pottery items, Swaffer rugs which are made to order and soft furnishings like lampshades and cushions.

handmade glass from NobileThe shop will be open most Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-3pm, other times by appointment, feel free to phone ahead to check before making your journey.  Directions can be found on the contact page of Sue’s new website www.suecardy.com.  There is plenty of free parking.

Sue said: “I am sure the material remnants and end of rolls will appeal to people who like crafting or want to create their own cushions for their homes. It can be very difficult to source remnants and this is so much better than buying online when you don’t get a chance to match a colour or feel the texture.”

Customers who visit the showroom can choose from more than 300 different fabric books and hangers from ranges like Laura Ashley, Prestigious Textiles, Ashley Wilde, Swaffer and Beaumont Textiles. 

Sue uses her experience to talk clients through the choices open to them which tick all the boxes from colour to design and budget. The showroom also boasts a wealth of accessories from poles and finials to tiebacks and trims.

cushions and remnants at Sue Cardy's new shopSue said: “It really can be very satisfying at being able to create a look which puts a smile on the face of a customer, sometimes there are even tears of happiness. Over the years you learn what works and what doesn’t. You can spend a small fortune decorating and furnishing a room, yet it is the extra finishing touches that will complete the look.”

Sue still takes great pride when driving past a home where her creations hang proudly in the windows. Her business is built on customer service, and she finds many customers coming back time and again as they decorate other areas in their homes. If you phone you will speak directly to Sue, or if she is with a customer, you can leave a message and she will always return your call.

Home visits are always an option, but many customers find it is time well-spent coming to the showroom where Sue can really showcase what can be created for maybe just a single window or a whole home. 

Showroom visits are by appointment only as Sue may be out seeing clients or fitting and would hate anyone to have a wasted journey. They also enable Sue to give each customer plenty of time to make those all-important decisions that will make the best of their space. 

Sue said: “When people come to the showroom, they can really get an idea of what can be possible for their home. Some already have a firm idea, but others ask for guidance. I can talk them through options to help them achieve the finish they are looking for.”

Curtains can be hand finished or machine finished to suit requirements and budget, all are made to measure with the option of matching cushions and lampshades. Roman blinds are all hand finished and are a very popular alternative. 

With the rising energy costs Sue believes investing in good quality curtains could help to keep our homes warmer during colder months. She said: “Fabric choice is always important, but it is just as important to know which linings will achieve the best results.”

A professional fitter works alongside the business to ensure Sue’s creations are fitted perfectly, even in the most challenging spaces; corded tracks are available along with fully motorised options for curtains and all blinds. 

From initial contact to final fitting Sue can guide you along the way. “We are there from start to finish, making sure we get it right means everything.”

Opening times: The shop will be open most Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11am to 3pm or other times by appointment. There is plenty of free parking available.

Sue Cardy Curtains & Soft Furnishings, Unit 15B Site A, Sywell Aerodrome, Sywell, Northants, NN6 0BT. 07977 460054 or 01604 495294

info@suecardy.com  www.suecardy.com