LoveLoulou is a small design and furnishing company formed by Raechel (Loulou) Turner specialising in design, furnishing and upholstering. Often using vintage and unusual fabrics, or using new fabrics to revitalise and make new interesting pieces of furniture with individual design features, we now re-upholster all manner of interesting and loved pieces owned by our clients.
Established in Bow, East London in 2009, moving to Stotfold in Bedfordshire a year later, we have now been re-upholstering and re-furnishing for clients for three years. Our output includes the simple dining chair set up to a five piece suite and with many, many unusual pieces in the mix.
A lot of our current output is modern in style and occasionally we do a traditional re-upholster but never know from one month to the next what our clients will present us with for a revamp.
I have given demonstrations at the Womens Institute and to craft groups over the last three years and currently run a Saturday morning train yourself workshop that allows individuals to bring a project in and make use of a fully stocked workshop and in order to learn how to complete an upholstering project with a lovely finish.
We know the pleasure received from seeing a finished project and want all our clients to feel free to observe how the process works. A client can visit the workshop at any time to see how their project is progressing.
We hold samples and sample books for Sanderson, Swaffer, Linwood, Modelli Fabrics, Blendworth and Romo. We always charge fair prices for our fabrics and will pass on any benefits or discounts.
Blendworth are renowned for their wide selection of beautiful prints, innovative weaves, rich silks, luxurious chenilles, wallpapers and an extensive colour palette of plains and velvets.
Swaffer are a Peterborough based family company that supplies wonderful linens and velvets. Colour and style in some simple country styles or alternatively opt for rich velvets.
Linwood are a company who every year surpass expectations producing unusual, sumptuous textures in velvets and with some unusual stylish prints. We always look to Linwood for a touch of the unusual.
Modelli produce superb cost effective solutions in chenilles and man made fibres. Always pre-treated and fire safety compliant their quality fabrics are priced perfectly for the client with a limited budget.
Romo is one brand in a group that supplies a wonderful selection of any fabric for curtains furnishings and upholstery. They produce many collections each season and always have a surprise that reflects the palette of the season.
Sanderson are another company with many brands to their group including William Morris, which invokes the richness of colour of past times and can add a wow factor to a any project.
On leaving school, I trained as an upholsterer at a small furnishing company in Devon. During that training I re-upholstered an entire cinema seats, built specialist bench seating for various pubs and nightclubs along with the standard re-upholstering and deep buttoning of sofas and chairs. It was a terrific job and despite being allergic to many of the chemicals in the fabrics took to it quickly as it allowed me to express my creativity. However, something else more glamorous beckoned. My interest was moving towards fashion.
I enrolled in an arts foundation course just to see what direction it would lead me. My interest captured I then went on to study fashion and textile design at art college. I went on to work as a graduate trainee at a Gieves and Hawkes, which cemented my abilities and knowledge of tailoring. Working in fashion was both thrilling and absorbing.
My career in fashion allowed me to travel widely and work at some fantastic companies. I was involved in producing luxury underwear, bridal and evening wear, handbags and cases and of course mens and womenswear. Companies such as Jacques Vert, Jasper Conran, Yves San Laurent , Laura Ashley and Dannimac.
A short period of working in management intervened for a few years but you can't hold down a creative person for long.
I decided that being a creative designer and working with larger pieces was something that I missed. Undertaking small design and upholstering projects led to the decision to set up Loveloulou and create, design, upholster, renovate and trade in furnishings once again.
I've completed a working cycle that now spans 34 years!