With time to consider ‘Interior Design’? It’s time to engage an expert. The Ins and Outs of Interior Design and Decorating.

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With the next stage of Lockdown in place, most of us are confined to our homes. It’s a good time to be productive and start on those projects we’ve neglected for too long. With modern technology, there’s no reason why you can’t consider using an interior designer to assist you in your planned refit and refreshment of your living spaces.

For many years now, Wills Furniture have had the pleasure of working with some of Australia’s best Interior Designers. Developing new bespoke pieces, creating exquisite upholstered furniture that is unique yet addresses their client’s tastes and preferences. The Wills Collection provides the perfect palette for Interior Designers and Decorators with a brilliant range of Sofas, Armchairs, Dining Chairs, Ottomans, Bedheads and Occasional Pieces – Classic or Contemporary.

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In determining and selecting your preferred Interior Designer, the choice you make may come through a personal reference. Or it may simply be admiration of the work done by a particular designer. Ultimately it’s a very important consideration – you are selecting a professional to renovate or redecorate your home.

Lisa Frederick, a US contributor to Houzz provided some insights in her article and we hope it can assist you in choosing a Designer who is right for you.

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Interior designers do much more than make a home pretty — they turn it into a harmonious haven that’s uniquely yours.

When most people think about hiring an interior designer, they zero in on aesthetics: wall colours, window treatments, pillow patterns. But that’s just scratching the surface of what a designer can add to a home. These pros go beyond cosmetic concerns to ensure that a space feels harmonious through and through, from its floor plan and architectural envelope to the last nailhead, tassel and tuft.

What an interior designer does: A designer envisions, plans and outfits spaces in a way that makes them both beautiful and functional. He or she balances aesthetic considerations with structural planning to reflect the clients’ lifestyle, set the desired mood, complement the home’s architectural features, and ensure that less glamorous details (like electrical outlets and air vents) fit into the scheme. An interior designer also cultivates relationships with trusted artisans, vendors and others who execute the design.

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When to hire one: You may have a clear vision for your home, but an interior designer can help you bring it to life while making sure it satisfies nitty-gritty considerations such as space planning. A trained eye and a creative mind-set allow for devising solutions that you might never have imagined, and attention to the tiniest details will transform your space into a haven that looks polished and complete.

What it will cost: Interior designers have various fee structures. They might charge an hourly rate, a flat fee or a percentage of total project costs. You may also be asked to pay a retainer before work begins.

If you’re on a set budget, don’t assume that hiring a designer is beyond reach. Many will be happy to arrange a few hours of consulting or will help you source furnishings and decorative accents.

Where to find one: The directory of interior designers on houzz.com.au is a good starting place, where you can find designers in your area and beyond and view their portfolios.

If you spot a room you love when browsing Houzz photos and ideabooks, take note of the designer’s name. (You’ll see a link to professionals’ profiles in the lower-right corner of their photos.) Some designers will work with clients who are based in other cities, though travel time and expenses can add up.

Friends with fabulous houses are another likely source. You can also visit show houses and home tours to see which spaces strike your fancy.

Be sure the designer is a good match for your style. No two clients are alike, and good interior designers are nimble enough to hop from urban pied-à-terre to rustic farmhouse to beachside getaway without missing a beat. However, almost all of them have a fundamental aesthetic that remains consistent throughout their work. For example, if you want pure whites and pale neutrals, don’t choose a designer whose signature is bold colour palettes. When interviewing designers, look for parallels between their previous work and the design you want.

Collect samples. Even if you have trouble articulating your desired look, pictures of rooms you love can instantly give the designer a sense of what you crave. He or she will ask you about specific points of the design that resonate with you and use those as guidelines. Fabric swatches, paint chips, furniture catalogs and your own Houzz ideabooks are other good sources for showing items you like. On the flip side, pull examples of colours, motifs and furniture styles that turn you off, which can be equally helpful.

Decide in advance which pieces must stay. Not willing to get rid of your Biedermeier sideboard or your majolica collection? The process will go more smoothly if you share that information with your designer during the initial site visit and consultation. That way, he or she can plan around the items that you don’t want to give up.

Involve the designer as early as possible in the building process. If you’re remodelling or building from scratch, include the designer in the planning stages with your architect and contractor. This way, the pros involved will all be on the same page and can iron out any potential discrepancies — particularly those that involve the bones of a home, such as doorways, ceiling beams or interior columns. It’s one thing to reorient a window on paper; it’s another entirely to move it after installation.

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Try to have all household members present at the outset. Having everyone’s input from the get-go helps to avoid potential conflicts down the road. If a spouse or loved one objects to a certain colour or reveals that he or she just can’t part with Granny’s antique dining table, it’s easiest to work out those issues right away.

Ask the designer to clarify billing procedures. Find out at the beginning when you’ll be charged and what for. In addition to the design itself, you may be billed for travel time, site visits, shopping, phone conversations and more. This way, you’ll be able to anticipate fairly closely what and when to pay.

Keep an open mind. It’s a rare client who loves 100 percent of a designer’s suggestions right off the bat. Your designer might recommend a piece of furniture or a wallpaper pattern that you’re iffy about, but don’t say no without giving the idea some time to sink in. Chances are that when you ask your designer why he or she chose it, and when you take a little time to live with it, you’ll appreciate the reason it works.

Look toward refreshing down the road. Even the best design doesn’t stay current forever. Ask your designer if tune-up visits in the future are an option, whether they involve simply swapping out a few accessories, reupholstering furniture or choosing new paint colours.

Source: houzz.com

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For further assistance in selecting an Interior Designer or Decorator, please call us on 03 9815 0111 and ask for Mr John Sharkey, our manager. At Wills we work with many of Melbourne’s, indeed Australia’s most talented Designers and we would be happy to assist you in your search.

Currently under the Victorian Government Lockdown restrictions, our showrooms, studio and workshop are closed for 6 weeks. Our Sales and Design teams however are available to take your orders. Email us at willsfurniture@bigpond.com or call our telephone number above and leave us a message. Alternatively, leave your details here.

For further information on our Wills Collection, please visit our website here or again call 03 9815 0111 and schedule a time for a consultation.

Choose Wills Furniture for Design, Luxury and Comfort.

Wills Furniture – It’s simply the best.

If it’s worth Restoring, it’s worth calling Wills Furniture.

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It’s a beautiful piece, handed down in the family through generations. Originally crafted in England, it’s been lovingly cared for by successive generations of your family. But during the current lockdown it’s become obvious to you that this beautiful handcrafted period piece is in dire need of repairs. The fabric is faded and worn, the springs have no support and the cushioning is, well – flat. It’s time to call Wills Furniture.

The Wills team is a collective of artisans offering a truly traditional approach to the renovation and repair of Classic and period Furniture. With 80 years’ experience in furniture making and repair, the Wills team rely on tried and true traditional methodologies utilising premium materials. Hand tied Stainless Steel Springs, featherdown or high quality memory foam, F1 Hardwoods for framing, brass and stainless steel castors, but always in keeping with the original manufacture and build of your heirloom piece.

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Maybe, but firstly is it really worth restoring? In many cases the answer is sadly ‘no’, but for those rarer cases where such rejuvenation is both feasible and desirable. The Wills team are the right people to bring your treasured item back to life.

The Wills team are genuine craftsmen and women. Artisans who really understand upholstery and traditional furniture. A quick assessment on the framing, quality and fabric or leather replacement provides the answers on a financial basis.

Some items that are genuine antiques are certainly worth the investment. others such as rundown units from the ‘50s and ‘60s are probably better replaced. The Wills Collection offers an exciting and interesting range of traditional upholstered furniture, very suitable to provide a seamless replacement of that ‘timeless’ piece.

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Such restorations are a strong suit with the Wills Furniture team. The team will replace the webbing, springs, and fabric, strengthen the framing and provide new cushioning, castors and armrests. All work is carried out using traditional methods and materials. Great care is taken to ensure your precious furniture is returned to you in pristine condition, ready for the next 50 years.

Here are some of the Sofas and Armchairs available through our Wills Collection that meld beautifully into a traditional interior design.

From our French Provincial selection we present:

Classic Louis X111 French provincial settee

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The settee is available in any custom size with the option of a fitted back or loose back cushion. It has a beautiful hand carved American Cherry timber frame and can be finished in any selected colour with patina distressing and wax finish or a painted or washed finish. Superior comfort is achieved with sumptuous feather down cushions and a hand tied, coil sprung back. Fine double piping detail.

Louis XIV, the Sun King reigned from 1660 to 1720 and the style during his reign was one of unparalleled splendour. He believed his home (Versailles Palace), furniture and décor should reflect the glory, power and wealth of the monarchy.

Bergere Chair

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The Bergere Chair features in our Collection and is very popular. It has a hand carved frame from selected timber, with a highly polished finish. It features a traditional French style jute webbed seat and is superbly comfortable with its deep seat and sumptuous feather down cushion.

Louis Chair

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This splendid chair has a frame hand carved in American Cherry timber and is highly polished. It features the traditional French style jute webbed seat and is divinely comfortable with its deep seat and sumptuous feather down cushion.

Charles II Carver chair

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Another reproduction chair is this classic chair from the Charles 11 of England period with hand turned spindle legs and stretcher rails. The timber frame can be made from American Cherry or European Beech with the choice of a polished or painted finish. The elegant high back and hand tied, coil sprung seat ensure comfort. The Charles II carver chair style features carved and shaped arms and a generously proportioned seat on turned and carved legs joined by a turned or carved front stretcher.

The Florence

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This beautiful, classical Victorian style sofa features diamond buttoned upholstered back, large scroll padded arms, polished legs and castors. This elegant sofa will add class to any living space. It can also be made with a fluted skirt. It’s luxurious and sumptuous feather down cushions make it divinely comfortable as well as stunningly decorative.

As can be seen at Wills, we have a complete range that provides the style you require – or desire. Check out our full Wills Collection here – and for further information on our full restoration services, or on viewing our extensive range, please call 9815 0111 and book an appointment with our friendly staff – or you can leave your details here and again a staff member will contact you to assist you or make an appointment to visit our showrooms at 6 Guest St Hawthorn.

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The Wills Showroom remains open during the current lockdown. At Wills we follow and abide by all Federal and State Government recommendations and requirements. Our showroom is hygienically cleaned daily as per the lockdown requirements, with hand sanitiser and wipes available at all times. Please be sure to book an appointment prior to visiting to assist us in Social Distancing requirements.

Remember – Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best – Design, Luxury, Comfort.

Stay at home? Be comfortably seated with Wills Classic and Contemporary Chairs.

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The lockdown has us spending most of our time at home. As a consequence, it may be the first time in quite a while that we notice our dining chairs, occasional chairs and even our full lounge suite is looking and feeling really quite tired. It’s time to refresh and renew, to re-invigorate our living areas with new stylish furniture from Wills – in classic or contemporary designs.

Design excellence, real comfort and a touch of genuine luxury. The Wills Collection offers a superb palette from which to make your selection. This week we feature some of our popular occasional and dining chairs.

In any well designed, well planned living area, there is often the need to place or situate the ‘occasional’ chair. It could be a bedroom chair, or perhaps for a study or hallway. The Wills Collection offers a superb choice of simply beautiful handcrafted chairs admirably suited to purpose. Also on offer is a stunning selection of dining chairs to complement your selected dining table with a variety of fabrics, leathers and materials to suit all tastes and applications available.

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A classic chair made by craftsmen using traditional techniques and upholstered for comfort and style is a wonderful choice. It can become the focus within a room or accompany a sumptuous sofa. The chairs in the Classic Collection at Wills Furniture offer traditional design and real comfort. Constructed from eucalypt hardwood, F7 Victorian Ash which is hand-picked and kiln dried, the frames are dowelled, glued and cramp joined, with sturdy corner blocks. Hand sprung hourglass steel coils, sprung edge seats, jute webbing, hand laced and finished with a stitched edge creates seats that are supremely comfortable and certainly built to last.

The Adelaide Chair

This classic English design has a claw style arm and is available with a tight fitted back, coil sprung or a loose back cushion. It is elegant with polished legs with brass castors or choose a more ladylike option with a pleated skirt (fully lined) or even a combination of both, if desired.

The Alexandra Chair

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This occasional chair has a sprung fitted seat with quaint scroll arms, and a curved, filled back for sumptuous comfort. Once again you have a choice of polished legs or a skirted finish.

The Annabel Chair

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This lovely bedroom chair is a compact size to fit the boudoir. Its armless design features a traditional deep diamond buttoned back. It has a coil sprung seat and tailored skirt.

The Auburn Chair

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This wing chair is an optimal size with square, compact arms in a sleek, flowing design with twin piping on the arms. The chair is complemented by fine, elegant legs and brass castors. Sumptuous feather cushions and a uniquely designed coil sprung lumbar support back ensure comfort plus seating.

Simply select the design of your choice from our Wills Furniture Collection and the fabric of your choice from any fabric supplier to create a designer seat for your interior space.

Whether its modern contemporary style or traditional form and elegance – Wills Furniture is your destination. Your Designer or Decorator can browse through our extensive selection and be confident of finding the right setting, combination or piece to complete the wonderful vista planned for your home.

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The Venice Dining Chair

Continuing with chairs from the Wills Furniture Dining Chair Collection, today we review the Odeon, the Sebastian, the Stockton and the Venice. All beautifully upholstered and stylish dining chairs. (The Stockton is perhaps more of a barstool or tub stool)

The Odeon Chair

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A low back sleek contemporary design with elegantly tapered legs, this delightful chair will suit any modern home or setting. Medical rooms, waiting rooms and board rooms are also Commercial possibilities. It is a very adaptable chair. With a generous seat size, hand sprung coil seating, sumptuous cushioning and a solid timber frame, this is a supremely comfortable chair.

The Sebastian Chair

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Definitely a dining classic with scroll back, detailed provincial style legs and a generous height. Comfort is assured with padded back and coil spring seating with plush cushioning.

The Venice Chair

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A unique curved back dining chair. Sleek, elegant lines curving down to low tapered arms, this chair is eye catching yet comforting. It can be used as a dining chair or an occasional chair. Polished tapered timber legs feature brass castors and its overall finish is completed with a precise piped border.

And lastly the Stockton Chair

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This chair can be used as a barstool or Kitchen stool. With its arched back tub style, timber detailing and firm foam seat, it’s the barstool that won’t see you moving too far – it’s so comfortable. Strong durable frame – its built to last a lifetime. So cheers to the Stockton!

Please browse our full range of contemporary and traditional Dining Chairs here and remember your Designer can always make modifications to suit your needs. Call now on 03 9815 0111 to schedule a visit to our showrooms at 6 Guest St Hawthorn, or leave your details here for a prompt reply.

The Wills Showroom remains open during the current lockdown. At Wills we follow and abide by all Federal and State Government recommendations and requirements. Our showroom is hygienically cleaned daily as per the lockdown requirements, with hand sanitiser and wipes available at all times. Please be sure to book an appointment prior to visiting to assist us in Social Distancing requirements.

With Wills Furniture remember – Design, Luxury, Comfort – every time.

It’s simply the best.

Handcrafted – Superb Design, Comfort and Luxury from Wills Furniture.

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Furniture – It’s part of our lives. It’s where we relax – on our sofas and armchairs. It’s where we sit down to dinner – at our dining setting. Now more than ever we are looking for comfort, for relaxation. Superb upholstered furniture that not only looks good but offers genuine support and a lifetime of delight – a lounge setting you can be proud of – look no further, you’ve found it – the Wills Collection from Wills Furniture.

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Wills Furniture offers an exquisite collection of both classic and contemporary design Sofas, Armchairs, Occasional Chairs, Ottomans and Dining Chairs. Clever design, timeless beauty, that’s the Wills Furniture mark of excellence.

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Many furniture makers claim to be ‘crafted’ or ‘handmade’ by Artisans. One look generally tells even an untried eye that this simply isn’t true. Manufacturers, both local and international simply ‘cut corners’. It’s an interesting phrase and it was most likely borne out of the upholstery industry. It suggests a cut to save money on cloth. At Wills Furniture all our furniture is genuinely handmade and handcrafted, using the full length of cloth, fabric or leather to produce exquisite traditional and contemporary furniture. Sofas, armchairs, tub chairs, dining chairs and ottomans.

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Where others use mechanisation, we used skilled artisans plying the trade they have been passed down through generations. Modern equipment in a well-planned Studio and workshop is of great assistance but it is the attention to detail that sets Wills apart. Each component follows rigid quality specifications and manufacturing processes. The Wills Collection is stunning and the result of over 80 years of crafting and manufacturing the very best in upholstered furniture, the tradition continues at our Hawthorn premises.

Cushions

Cushions are offered with a range of fillings as standard offerings – feather and foam, premium foam and dacron (seating cushions) and holifil/dacron for firmer back cushions.

Optional choices include ‘Luxury Foam’, Enduro Foam, Spring Cells and Feather combinations.

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Coil Springs and Contemporary Springing

All Wills Furniture designs include fully hand tied coil spring construction for extra comfort and durability. This includes the ‘front edge’ of a sofa or chair importantly. However if required the option of contemporary springing remains a selection option.

Frames and Finishing

All Wills Furniture Frames are made from high quality, kiln dried hardwood, corner blocked for rigidity and strength.

Wills offers a range of polishes and finishes. select a colour, provide a sample and our experienced Polishers will match it. Painted finishing and antique style polishing is also available on quotation.

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Wills offers a range of studding which can be viewed here on our website. For Designers and Decorators this choice provides a great selection.

And the same wealth of choice applies to castors available in 4 finishes – Chrome, Brass, Antique Brass and Antique Bronze.

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Nearly all furniture available in our Wills Collection is able to be modified to meet specific design requirements of Interior Designers and Decorators.

Wills Furniture carries a lifetime guarantee on all items manufactured. It’s real quality delivered – always at the very highest standard.

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Call now on 03 9815 0111 and arrange a viewing of the Wills Collection at our Hawthorn Showrooms located at 6 Guest St Hawthorn or simply fill out our contact form and one of our staff will call back and arrange a visit or quotation.

The Wills Showroom remains open during the current lockdown. At Wills we follow and abide by all Federal and State Government recommendations and requirements. Our showroom is hygienically cleaned daily as per the lockdown requirements, with hand sanitiser and wipes available at all times. Please be sure to book an appointment prior to visiting to assist us in Social Distancing requirements.

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Be sure of quality – always choose Wills Furniture. It’s simply the best.

For Design, Luxury and Comfort – it has to be Wills Furniture.

Take two – Lockdown – Be Safe, be comfortable with Wills Furniture

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With the announcement on the 9th of July here in Victoria we now head back into Lockdown for a further 6 weeks. It’s a time where we become very familiar with our home and its living areas – and to ensure real comfort it could well be time to update your Lounge Suite, sofas, armchairs and occasional furniture, because during lockdown with the family home 24/7 they (and the dining settings) sure get a work out!

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Take a tour of the Wills Collection here. This week we are reviewing some of the delightful occasional chairs available from Wills Furniture.

Occasional chairs can be stylish yet practical additions to any home. Whether it’s a favourite reading chair tucked away in a quiet nook or study, a comfortable bedroom chair for dressing or simply relaxing before bed, or perhaps a stunning, vibrant piece in a lounge room or sun room; Wills Furniture has a magnificent range of traditionally upholstered furniture to choose from.

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Adding character, utilitarian, occasional chairs simply complement the comfort and beauty of your home. As accent pieces don’t be shy – choose bold colours and fabrics. Perhaps choose leather for chairs you place in high traffic areas or at least something durable and easy to clean. When choosing your fabrics and colours, be guided by your Interior Designer or Decorator. Consider your flooring, decor items and room colours.

Here are some delightful and popular chairs from the Wills Collection.

‘A classic chair made by craftsmen using traditional techniques and upholstered for comfort and style is a thing of beauty.’

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The chairs in the Classic Collection at Wills Furniture do any interior design proud. Constructed from eucalypt hardwood, F7 Victorian Ash which is hand-picked and kiln dried, the frames are dowelled, glued and cramp joined, with sturdy corner blocks. Hand sprung hourglass steel coils, sprung edge seats, jute webbing, hand laced and finished with a stitched edge creates seats that are supremely comfortable and made to last!

The Adelaide Chair

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This classic English design has a claw style arm and is available with a tight fitted back, coil sprung or a loose back cushion. The Adelaide Chair is elegant with polished legs with brass castors or choose a more ladylike option with a pleated skirt (fully lined) or even a combination of both, if desired.

The Alexandra Chair

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This occasional chair has a sprung fitted seat with quaint scroll arms, and a curved, filled back for sumptuous comfort. Once again you have a choice of polished legs or a skirted finish.

The Annabelle Chair

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This lovely bedroom chair is a compact size to fit the boudoir. Its armless design features a traditional deep diamond buttoned back. It has a coil sprung seat and tailored skirt.

The Auburn Chair

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This wing chair is an optimal size with square, compact arms in a sleek, flowing design with twin piping on the arms. The chair is complemented by fine, elegant legs and brass castors. Sumptuous feather cushions and a uniquely designed coil sprung lumbar support back ensure comfort plus seating.

Simply select the design of your choice from our Wills Furniture Collection and the fabric of your choice from any fabric supplier to create a designer seat for your interior space. Ask our sales team for advice and direction if you are unsure.

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Call now on 03 9815 0111 and book a time to inspect the Wills Collection at our Hawthorn Showroom, 6 Guest St. Or leave your contact details here and our sales staff will contact you as you require.

The Wills Showroom remains open during the current lockdown. At Wills we follow and abide by all Federal and State Government recommendations and requirements. Our showroom is hygienically cleaned daily as per the lockdown requirements, with hand sanitiser and wipes available at all times. Please be sure to book an appointment prior to visiting to assist us in Social Distancing requirements.

Wills Furniture – Design, Luxury, Comfort.

The Perfect Synergy – Apartment Living – Space, Panoramic Views and the Wills Contemporary Sofa Collection

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For many people these days, Apartment living is a sensible choice. For older people the time has come to sell the family home. The kids have all grown up and left home, starting their own families. An apartment near the city provides convenience, comfort and relief from the maintenance of a large property. Young professionals find it far more convenient to live close to the city and their employment, enjoying the benefits of open space, parklands and a quick commute.

The Wills Contemporary Sofa Collection provides a superb range of comfortable, stylish furniture admirably suited to Apartment living.

Modern Apartments can be up to 60 squares as a standard size. To take full advantage of such a living area, the design must acknowledge the space available and give access to panoramic views, unimpeded.

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The Wills Collection offers an exciting and visually stunning range of contemporary furniture. It’s easy to create a unique, comfortable lounge suite, either traditional with sofas and armchairs or modular in a more modern style.

All Wills Furniture is manufactured here in Melbourne at our Hawthorn Factory; Crafted and hand built using time honoured and traditional processes, your comfort is assured as is the absolutely premium quality of each item produced.

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High grade, kiln-dried hardwood is used for framing; seating is all hand tied with coil springs giving genuine luxury and support.

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Here we feature three of our more popular Sofas often selected for Apartment living in detail than catalogue the full range of Contemporary Sofas and Chairs.

The Avalon Sofa

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A contemporary design with a sleek look, this sofa has a balanced combination with the symmetry of straight lines and curved detail adding to the minimalist design. A long, singular cushion complementing the back cushions in a flowing straight line finish, together with the slightly splayed padded arms and side bolster cushions make this the perfect sofa to recline and relax on. Polished timber plinth and feet set off the clean, elegant design features.

The Baltimore Sofa

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This square design has a very contemporary look with symmetric lines and proportions. The polished Tasmanian Oak timber arms with baked enamel mirror finish is modernistic and the sofa is highly suited to the sleek, spare lines of contemporary apartment design.

The Cayman Sofa

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Long, sleek designed sofa with low profile fitted back, lumbar support cushions, classic square club arms. The cushions are luxuriant with a very full and thick, high grade memory foam to ensure maximum comfort. The sleek, high profile plinth and leg assembly, together with the low profile back, gives a nod to classic 1970’s design. The plinth and legs can be polished or painted in any finish to highlight the slim-line, smooth appearance of this sofa.

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Please feel free to visit the Showroom in Hawthorn to inspect these or any other sofas in the collection. As visits are by appointment, please call first to arrange an inspection on 03 9815 0111, or leave your details here and one of our staff members will respond promptly to your enquiry.

Wills Furniture follows the Federal and State Government recommendations and requirements for Social Distancing and hygiene at its showroom facility. Hand Sanitiser and wipes are always available to customers and clients.

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Premium Restoration and Repair of Heirloom Furniture – Wills Furniture

The Conundrum – what to do with the beautiful French Provincial chaise lounge that has been in your family for generations. The fabric is worn and aged, the springs have long lost their zest and the wadding and cushioning no longer give support. Yet at over 200 years old, this is a very valuable antique. Restoration and repair is the requirement, but who can be trusted with such a valuable item? Wills Furniture – that’s who – a team of skilled artisans, upholsterers and seamstresses. Furniture makers and restorers extraordinaire!

For many people with heirloom furniture, valuable period pieces or simply family treasures handed down through generations of your family – finding the right people to restore, refresh and repair such beautiful antiques and classic furniture is critically important. At Wills Furniture, the same time-honoured methodologies used to create your beautiful furniture will be called upon to restore and repair it. Featherdown, hand-tied springs, selected timber framing and fabrics and leathers of the same quality and materials. No short cuts, no substitutions.

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Heirloom Antiques and well preserved upholstered furniture can provide a difficult dilemma. Do you repair, restore and reupholster? Or do you simply replace it with new furniture, fashioned traditionally by skilled craftsmen and artisans, using the tried and true methods and materials of the trade?

Often it comes down to the real condition of the piece being considered. Is it merely cosmetic – fabric, springs, webbing or cushioning? Or is it substantial – the frame, the actual integrity of the piece? For instance, if the frame is insect ridden (wood borers or termites) there is really no purpose in restoring it. In this case the Wills team can advise you of a suitable replacement piece.

Wills Furniture, with over 80 years experience in furniture construction and restoration can provide you with a thorough, honest and knowledgeable assessment. If you decide to proceed with restoration, the Wills team of craftsmen and women will restore your furniture piece to its former glory.

Our artisans – upholsterers, machinists and seamstresses will repair and restore the entire piece of furniture, not just its coverings. The Wills team take prided in faithful restorations of exquisite heirloom pieces, recreating the luxury and comfort of the past for your enjoyment. At Wills, we reupholster and repair lounge suites, sofas, dining chairs, bedheads and ottomans, returning them to you in better condition probably than when first built. It becomes that feature piece of furniture you are simply proud to own and display, but more importantly to sit on and enjoy.

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Wills Furniture maintains a strong connection with the craftsmanship and artisanship of the trade in earlier times through the stewardship and direction of Paul Newham, the son of the original upholsterers from the Newham family – the creators of the Wills Furniture range. The same rigid quality standards of the original factory are maintained today ensuring the same gold stamp of excellence identifies a Wills Furniture creation or restoration.

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Contact Wills Furniture by leaving your details here or alternatively call us on 03 9815 0111 for a prompt reply. Email us a photograph of your treasured furniture or arrange a visit to our showrooms at 6 Guest St Hawthorn at your convenience to discuss your requirements.

The Wills Furniture team ensure correct social distancing and maintain our showroom to the hygiene standards required by the Federal and State Government Health Authorities. Hand sanitiser and wipes are available at all times.

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At Wills Furniture, we offer excellence in Design, Luxury and Comfort.

Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

Wills Furniture of Hawthorn – Exquisite Handcrafted Upholstered Furniture – Made in Australia.

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At Wills Furniture you can be assured that every piece of furniture produced at our Hawthorn Studio and Workshop is genuinely handcrafted and hand built on site by trained Artisans and Upholsterers. This is done using age old traditional methods that have been handed down over many generations. Your Wills Furniture selection is a real masterpiece – superb design, quality and comfort – it’s from Wills, that’s why.

Upholstery is age old trade. The first practitioners were known as ‘Upholders’ as they created the means of using horse hair, duck and goose down feathers and other materials in the cushioning of sofas and armchairs. It ‘upheld’ for the life of the sofa.

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Today at Wills Furniture, these same skills apply and with the addition of modern components – high quality memory foam, premium Australian F1 Hardwoods, stainless steel springs and much more, your comfort and relaxation is assured. (If you prefer feather down, it is available).

The Wills Staff under the watchful gaze of family patriarch Paul Newman continue to produce upholstered furniture of the highest quality as has been done now for over 80 years.

Whether your home is a fully renovated heritage classic on St Vincent’s Place Albert Park, a Federation period home, such as Californian Bungalow or a magnificent Queen Anne style home – the Wills Collection offers you a superb range of Classic Sofas and Chairs to complement the period and style of your home.

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Your interior designer or architect can provide required modifications to ensure your selected furniture is the perfect completion of your home and its features. Choose from a wide range of fabrics and leathers from the world’s leading fabric houses. Be comfortable, be satisfied. Select from Wills for a perfect finish.

The Wills Collection represents a refined selection of stylish designs that offer genuine luxury and supreme comfort. From the classic Clivedon and Adelaide Sofas through to the more informal St Pierre, the Amelia and the Sheffield – Wills offers an exquisite range of individual styles, fabrics and finishing from which to choose.

Classic Sofas

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Naturally with our Classic Sofas we offer a full range of Classic Chairs – Armchairs, Occasional Chairs and bedroom classics.

Classic Chairs

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All Wills Furniture is handcrafted using the finest of fabric, leathers and solid framing with sumptuous cushioning. Minor modifications to suit floor plans and necessary alterations are possible – simply notify us prior to your final order.

As mentioned Wills Furniture maintains a strong connection with the craftsmanship and artisanship of the trade in earlier times through the stewardship and direction of Paul Newham, the son of the original upholsterers from the Newham family – the creators of the Wills Furniture range. The same rigid quality standards of the original factory are maintained today.

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At Wills Furniture, we offer excellence in Design, Luxury and Comfort.

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Please call on 03 9815 0111 to schedule an appointment to view our showrooms and catalogue or leave your details here for a prompt reply. Wills Furniture abides by Federal and State Government Health Department recommendations on social distancing and hygiene. Hand sanitiser and wipes are available at all times and the showroom is cleaned regularly to the hygiene standards required.

Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

Superb Design, Impeccable Quality – The Wills Collection from Wills Furniture

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Having recently purchased a new apartment or perhaps completed recent renovations, it’s time to consider furnishings. Whether it’s a new modern stylish home, a spacious new apartment or a renovated heritage home in inner Melbourne, your first selection in luxury upholstered furniture must be Wills Furniture. The Wills Collection offers a superb palette of classic traditional designs as well as simply stunning selection of contemporary modern styles and designs, which we feature this week.

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Take the opportunity of sitting down with your interior designer or decorator, and reviewing the full Wills Catalogue. Choose the design, the look you desire and then select the fabric and accessories that meet with your needs, satisfy your desires and assuage your individual tastes and preferences.

The Wills Collection is the result of over 80 years of constant improvement and development of our superb collection. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted and hand built right here at our Hawthorn Studio and Workshop by traditional artisans and tradesmen and women. Modern tooling but furniture building techniques that go back many generations ensure your absolute comfort and first class quality. On trend or period classic, Wills is always your first choice.

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This week’s display features Contemporary Sofas along with a selection of Contemporary Chairs.

The Wills Collection provides a unique opportunity for Interior Designers and Decorators to demonstrate real flair and innovation utilising upholstered furniture of the highest quality.

Selected Sofas and Chairs may be teamed with Ottomans, Dining Chairs and Stools.

The Wills Team can adapt furniture listed with modifications as required to ensure project needs are met and fulfilled.

The Wills Furniture Contemporary Sofa Range

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The Wills Furniture Contemporary Armchair Range

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You’re welcome to visit our showroom at 6 Guest St Hawthorn and view the Wills Furniture Collection in person. Call 03 9815 0111 now and make an appointment with our friendly staff or leave your contact details on our website here and we will contact you promptly to make a time suitable and convenient for you.

Wills Furniture follows Federal and State Government guidelines on both Social Distancing and hygiene requirements for Covid-19. Hand Sanitiser and wipes are available at all times.

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At Wills, we work closely with a range of Interior Designers and Interior Decorators. If you require assistance in finding such a suitable professional for selecting and dressing furniture items for your home we are pleased to provide referrals for your consideration.

Wills Furniture provide a full range of services including restoration and reupholstering of traditional and classical furniture.

Design – Luxury – Comfort

At Wills, you know, it’s simply the best

Design, Comfort and Luxury. Refurnish your home with Wills Furniture.

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These times have been tough and let’s face it, you need a real reward. It’s time to select from the Wills Furniture Collection, your new lounge suite with matching dining setting, occasional chairs and bedheads. Freshen up your home with exquisitely designed Wills Furniture – the ultimate in comfort, luxury and style. Choose your fabrics, leathers or woven materials from the world’s leading suppliers. Order now and enjoy your new furniture (hand built and handcrafted right here in Melbourne) in time for warm winter nights indoors.

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The Wills Collection offers a wide range of designs and styling to suit all tastes. From classic traditional favourites to modern contemporary masterpieces – here is a palette from which to create a simply beautiful home interior.

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Start by browsing the Wills Collection here. Confer with your Interior Designer or Decorator, or if you need assistance call us at Wills and make an appointment to view our showroom and folios. We can also assist in directing you to a suitable Interior Designer or Decorator to suit your needs if you so desire.

For your interest and viewing pleasure this week we present some of our more popular sofas – both classic and contemporary.

Classic Sofas

The Suffolk

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classic-sofas-suffolk-2-xlWith a classic club arm design, the Suffolk sofa features a T-shaped front cushion. It is traditionally hand-sprung utilising Australian hardwood timber framing. For a full classic look the fully lined tailored valance should be selected.

The Wesley

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This lounge features a scooped scroll arm with large studding and hand detailing. It has polished tapered legs and bronze castors. With leather upholstery, the style of the Wesley lends itself perfectly to the billiard room, be comfortably seated with cigar and cognac in hand.

The Whitehall

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Featuring traditional diamond buttoning, the Whitehall lounge exudes comfort in a familiar Chesterfield style. Large scroll arms are splayed outwards and are completed with inset piping detail creating a handsome look. Finished in either tailored skirts or with exposed chunky style legs with castors (piano sized) this is the ultimate traditional lounge suite for formal living areas.

Contemporary Sofas

The Cayman

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Long, sleek designed sofa with low profile fitted back, lumbar support cushions, classic square club arms. The cushions are luxuriant with a very full and thick, high grade memory foam to ensure maximum comfort. The sleek, high profile plinth and leg assembly, together with the low profile back, gives a nod to classic 1970’s design. The plinth and legs can be polished or painted in any finish to highlight the slimline, smooth appearance of this sofa.

The Geneva

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Considered a most comfortable sofa, with sumptuous feather cushions, the Geneva sofa features a higher back frame with cushioning extended for better neck and back support. With a thin profiled arm with higher arched sides and a scooped out front, it profiles as sophisticated with simple elegant lines. The Geneva is available as a three seater, two seater or two and a half seater.

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Whatever your needs, task or desire, you will find the right piece for your individual needs or your client’s wishes in our extensive Wills Collection, handcrafted and finished to our exacting quality produced by Wills’ standards ensuring the very best in all upholstered furniture.

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During the current ‘lockdown’ period Wills Furniture adheres to all Social Distancing and hygiene requirements and recommendations of both State and Federal Authorities. Hand sanitiser and wipes are always available.

Call now on 03 9815 0111 to book a consultation at our Showrooms located at 6 Guest St Hawthorn. Nominate a time that is convenient to you. Or leave your details here for a prompt reply to your enquiry.

Wills Furniture – For Design, Luxury and Comfort.