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Discover her eclectic style and the inspiration behind her new collection for Hillarys…

Beautiful window coverings are the finishing touches to any room scheme, and for interiors designer Abigail Ahern colour and texture are key. She’s collaborated with Hillarys to create a capsule collection of curtains and blinds that are stylish, sophisticated and refreshingly affordable.

Think bold tribal prints in muted shades, dark tweeds and crisp linen-look fabrics. The effect is of adding the coolest, most fashionable high-end impact and a touch of allure to any room.

‘I wanted people to have curtains or blinds that weren’t just added as an afterthought, but were a focal point in their room,’ explains Abigail. ‘The answer was to create a capsule collection that transforms spaces.’

Abigail Ahern and her dog Maud

Since arriving on the design scene a decade ago, Abigail has earned her stripes as a non-conformist. While many of us were embracing minimalism, Abigail was daubing walls in inky shades and layering textures. The world has now caught up with her style, yet her interiors still retain an edge that sets her apart.

Here’s a look at the new collection…

Fortune favours the bold

Wolfe Smoulder Roman blinds with Colette Vixen fringing,

Simple, graphic designs with a hand-drawn feel feature large and will stand up against dark colour schemes as well as neutral ones. Despite being striking, they have a timeless, versatile appeal. Attention to detail is strong with coloured linings and fringing on curtains, blinds and cushions.

Timeless designs in muted colours

Asaro Mink Roman blinds with Colette Soleil fringing,

‘I’m all about keeping the palette really restrained, which makes a room look incredibly beautiful, and throwing in some incredible curve balls to give things a bit of an edge,’ says Abigail. ‘Also, I wanted the spaces to be just as amazing from the outside looking in so that’s why I’ve added coloured linings so the curtains and blinds look great on the reverse, too,’ she explains.

Visual surprises

Beats Haze curtains,

Unexpected elements are a large part of how Abigail designs rooms. ‘I choose three focal points so your eye doesn’t quite know where to look. I also play around with scale. If everything is perfectly proportioned, you can’t create magic. So I put things that are too big in places that are too small – like a big plant on a tiny table.

‘I also like to play around with texture which is key in this collection. Texture is like a herb and adds instant pizazz. The more texture you add to a space, the cooler the space you’ll have,’ says Abigail.

The cushion effect

Cadillac Noir cushion with Soleil trim, Cley Mole cushion with Amour fringing, Harkness Gasoline cushion with Kohl trim,

‘Cushions are the 5-minute facelifts of the decorating world because they immediately enliven anything you put them on, whether that’s beds, chairs or sofas. The ones I designed for Hillarys are double-sided, so you can change the look, and they come in different sizes to create various heights.

Want some expert help?

Book a home appointment with a local adviser from Hillarys – they’ll discuss your ideas and bring samples and inspiration, from blinds to curtains and shutters to carpets. Plus, they can measure up and organise the fitting, so it will be easy to get your dream scheme.

See the full range of products at or call 0800 916 7744 to book a free in-home appointment.

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