#LoveLocal With ReckageAtHome

Written and photographed by Rachel Horne 
I never realised the value of a good set of curtains ‘til I moved into a new rental property this winter. It’s been so cold I’ve been sharing images of igloos on social media stating: “yay house warming at my new ice cube”.
Despite this, I do love my little house in the heart of the Copley Road/Nether Hall area, even though it’s cold, I’ve been determined to make it as cosy on the small budget I have.
For the last 16 years I’ve been renting, I’ve gone curtain free or had basic bog standard blinds installed by landlords or previous tenants. In all honesty, I’ve never thought much about curtains. I didn’t realise how important curtains would be in helping to insulate each baltic room and make my new nest look like a palace.
Many friends offered to donate curtains but I stupidly didn’t believe they would improve the Icelandic ambience that much. Luckily, my friend and colleague June McMillan (also known as Mamma Wheatley — of Mamma Wheatley’s Craft Club fame) bought several sets of curtains to my house with instructions on how to hang them. This act of kindness got me thinking about the humble curtain.
As rooms in my house started to feel warmer and cosier, I began researching the origin this mighty invention – have people always had curtains? And why didn’t I get on this sooner?
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, excavations from the ancient Greek cities Olynthus, Pompeii and Herculaneum depicted room dividers know as portieres. This may have been the earliest record of the curtain in human history but maybe they go back even further. Mosaics of the Early Christian period (c. 2nd–6th century AD) show curtains suspended from rods spanning arches. Clearly those early Christians knew how to keep cosy.

Catching the bug for these fabric window wonders, I decided to purchase a pair for my bedroom from a supermarket chain with a bargain price tag. Of course being a curtain novice I got swindled. The poor quality did nothing to insulate my room and they were 4ft smaller than the photography on the front of their packing. They looked crap and wouldn’t iron either.
I was stuck with a set-up of crumpled dish rags hanging from a rail.
This is when I decided to go local.
Reckage at Home is a stunning interiors shop and bespoke manufacturer of Doncaster made furniture based in Sprotbrough. Owned by partners in crime Neil Cawood and Rachel Schofield they can kit out your home, or business, to the highest spec.
Visiting to the shop, I was introduced to a huge pile of fabric samples, many were designed by long standing textile houses and printed in the UK, others from around Europe. Rachel suggested that I should take the sample packs home to see how we got on. I spent the next few days bonding with my chosen fabrics.

Eventually, I choose a bright red floral 1960s print by Lotta Jansdotter a Scandinavian designer. Rachel and Neil then came to my house to measure the windows and advise me on the different styles of curtains. I chose a Voyager print called Kiribati for my bedroom where Rachel recommended a Roman triangular style blind, I had no idea such things exist.

Having curtains fitted sounds like a luxury and I don’t have much disposable income – but to buy from a local independent business means I am putting my pounds back into our local economy. What’s more, Rachel and her partner are lovely people. They didn’t mind at all when my doggo Rufus started dragging his butt across the floor only to reveal a big clump of poop hanging from his fluffy behind. Neil commented “is your dog a shitzu?” You couldn’t meet more down to earth people, passionate about what they do.

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