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As well as the examples of period and contemporary furniture available in the shop, Mackies has a directory of over 1000 patterns of fine furniture that can be polished or painted to the customers' requirements. An extensive collection of suitable fabrics compliments our upholstery service. Furniture can be sourced, finished and upholstered by Mackies as part of any interior design or as a project in it's own right.

A wide range of traditional and contemporary fabrics is updated constantly as exciting new designs become available. As well as upholstery, Mackies offers a high quality curtain making and soft furnishing service. The shop always stocks a variety of lovely cushions, throws and rugs.

Trimmings, curtain poles, decorative objects, mirrors, lamps and interior fixtures are available in the shop or to order from our extensive range of catalogues and directories.

James Mackie is one of the country's finest architectural painters as his accolades in Country Life Magazine, Home and Garden, and many others testify. His glaze work (the basic toolbox of most specialist painters including - marbling, graining, wash techniques, dragging, stippling etc) is second-to-none as the magnificent faux 'pietra dura' table that is always present in the shop exemplifies. His reputation as a painter has grown along with the breadth of work he has undertaken from enormous painted ceilings in the grand architectural style to small detailed trompe l'oeil projects in a garden setting. Murals, faux panelling, stone 'blockwork', and large scale vistas that extend rooms into distant horizons, formal gardens and romantic coastlines are all part of his portfolio.

James says: 'Many people have an idea already when they approach me but some of the nicest work has been small-scale painting that I've suggested as part of a domestic interior designs. The back wall of a conservatory, for instance, or tiny trompe l'oeil details that add humour and individuality to a scheme. I do detailed paper designs first to re-assure the client and once they give the go ahead they never regret it. It's great fun.'

Farrow and Ball paints and wallpapers have a reputation second to none. James Mackie uses the paints almost exclusively in his Interior Designs and knows from years of experience how essential they are in historic restorations and period homes and just how exquisite they can be in contemporary settings and more cutting edge schemes. There is a whole host of technical information available on the Farrow & Ball website but here are a few of James' reasons for using these excellent traditional paints.

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