Custom Design at its Finest – The Verona Ottoman

Wills Furniture specialise in completing upholstered furniture pieces for interpretive interior designers. Recently we had the pleasure of creating a diamond buttoned Ottoman for a client of Leigh Ellwood Interior Design. Their client resides in a luxury high rise apartment in South Yarra.

Verona Ottoman

The Ottoman was upholstered and covered in leather from Contemporary Leathers. Called ‘Verona’, the colour selected is known as Tarragon. The Verona Ottoman [link] complements the contemporary design of the client’s apartment, located in a multi level block.


It’s always important that clients find the Interior Decorator or Designer that can comfortably reflect their own vision and style. Here are a few further tips from Houzz magazine…

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.

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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.

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.


Source: How to work with an Interior Designer

Contact us at Wills Furniture by phone on 03 9815 0111 and arrange an appointment to visit our showroom. By all means bring your Interior Designer and we are more than happy for you to review our Wills Furniture Collection at your leisure. We can also recommend a broad range of Interior Designers and Decorators to assist you with your project.

With Wills Furniture, Design Luxury and Comfort always come first. We look forward to hearing from you.


Wills Furniture – Visually Stunning, Ultimate in Comfort.

At Wills Furniture we get to create some visually stunning pieces of furniture. This week we feature two such items, each from a different designer.


The first is an absolutely beautiful antique chair. The Wills team have recovered and reupholstered this chair in its original style with traditional diamond buttoning and hand carved cabriole legs. The Fabric as depicted is from Seneca Fabrics, Osborne and Little ‘Curio’ – coded F7017-01. A wonderful and comfortable chair that will again provide a lifetime of further enjoyment. – The fabric selection and brief were provided by Newham Interiors of 132 Cotham Rd, Kew.


Our second piece is exquisite. Prepared for a client in Toorak by Moni Kutt Interior Design, this sofa – a Stratford from the Wills Collection – has been upholstered in a Warwick Classic Jacquards Collection fabric Vibe col. Porcelain.
The Stratford sofa pictured here is 2300mm long and features a hand tied coil spring seat, walnut polished Victorian Ash floating plynth and Luxura memory foam seat cushion with feather back cushions. Quite seriously, this verges on the ultimate in comfort.

It’s vitally important that clients choose a designer or decorator who can interpret your vision and your designer for comfort and style in a simple, understated manner – or if you choose brash and exciting – it’s your choice.

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.

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.

The Adelaide 3 Seater Sofa

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.

Please feel free to contact us at Wills Furniture either by phone on 03 9815 0111 or through our contact form and we can assist in recommending a broad range of Interior Designers and Decorators.

With Wills Furniture you are assured – Design, Luxury Comfort – Simply Beautiful.

The Venetian from Tigger Hall Design

This week we feature the Venice Chair from the Wills Collection. The chair has been dressed and finished in fabrics chosen by Tigger Hall Design and features fabric from Kathryn Ireland’s Collection. It is called Safi Suzani in the colour Autumn.


The Venice Chair is often paired with the Venice Sofa. Featuring a solid hardwood frame, hand tied coils seat springs and beautiful French polished hand turned legs, the Venice series is finished with brass castors.


This custom designed Venice Sofa pictured here has been upholstered in Ziffony The Gondolier Twilight supplied by the Domestic Textile Corporation. It’s a stunning rendition of the streets of Venice and its famed waterways and it certainly compliments the classic design.

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Venice Sofa

With both traditional and contemporary furniture the addition of Ottomans provides a further dimension in both comfort and visual appeal. The Ottoman adds grace and elegance to any space with a practical element all approve of – comfort.

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Ottoman diamond buttoned.

Pictured here is the traditional diamond buttoned Ottoman from the Wills Furniture Collection. Order custom designed Ottomans in any size or shape in fabric or leather as chosen by you and your selected designer or decorator.

The Ottoman has a rather interesting and unique history having been introduced into Europe from the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th Century. In the Ottoman Empire, the ottoman , as we have come to know it was the central item of furniture for seating and often were piled high with cushions. In Europe it was adopted as fitted furniture wrapped around 3 walls of a room. Ottomans became circular or octagonal as we now see them today during the 19th Century.

Don’t forget to attend Decor and Design 17 this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And please make a time to visit our showroom in Hawthorn soon. Call us on 03 9815 0111 and discuss your project needs, customisations and modifications.

The Wills Collection – Design, Luxury, Comfort.

Classic Elegance with Wills Furniture

Decor & Design 17 is just about upon us. The show opens on July 20th and here at Wills Furniture, we are certainly looking forward to visiting and viewing some of the innovative style and talent on display from our young and up and coming Interior Designers.

The Awards ceremony for Vivid, Australia’s longest running Design Competition in on the opening day (20th July), with winners announced.

Looking forward to viewing all entries on display.

Try not to miss the show, it’s a great showcase for our industry.

For further information please visit the show’s website here. You can read their blog here.

This week we feature a classic Georgian Chair dressed by Warwick Fabrics.

Georgian Chair


The Georgian Chair is a timeless design of squared proportions with a contemporary and complementary sized, comfortable arm. With a fully coiled sprung seat and a coiled lumbar back, a luxurious feather combination seat cushion, this chair ensures your supreme comfort. The legs are sleek highly polished tapered timber with solid brass castors.

Georgian Sofa


Combined with the chair is the Georgian Sofa, again designed in the classic Georgian Style. It also features the same upholstered square arms, a coil sprung upholstered back and a coil sprung base. Naturally it also comes with polished legs and brass castors, or it can be supplied with a fully tailored skirt finish. With sumptuous puffy feather combination seat cushions, comfort is assured. The upholstery is finished with elegant fine piping detail.

Two other chairs from our collection that may catch your fancy are the Dante and the Deakin.

The Dante Chair


An armless occasional chair, the Dante Chair is eminently suitable for a bedroom setting or as a corner showpiece in selected rooms. It features a fully sprung dome seat and a scrolled fitted sprung back. Elegant with long tailored skirts, it certainly makes a statement, yet it blends in beautifully with the overall look and appearance you desire.

The Deakin Chair


A Victorian Style Chair, the Deakin Chair is available as either a wing chair or an armchair. It’s a chair often placed adjacent to a fireplace with its classic elegant lines, comfy scrolled arms and piping detail. Fully sprung with a traditional, stitched, rolled edge it is finished with hand turned, highly polished legs, fitted with castors.

All Wills Furniture can be modified to suit your needs. Choosing a Wills Furniture classic will enhance the beauty and comfort of your home.

For further information call now on 03 9815 0111.

Remember Wills Furniture – Design, Luxury, Comfort.

The Wills Furniture French Provincial Selection

French Provincial style is increasingly popular with many new homes in suburbs such as Canterbury, Kew, Deepdene, Balwyn and Doncaster being seen to adopt this rather unique style.

And in keeping with authenticity, many people now seek reproduction furniture from the era of Louis XIII through to Louis XIV to complete their penchant for the period and its design elements.

The Wills Furniture French Provincial Furniture Collection offers a unique and simply beautiful link to this ornate of all times. The Louis XIII style or Louis Treize was a fashion period in French Architecture and Design influencing all decorative style and art of that time. Louis XIII reigned from 1610 to 1643, it was during this period that luxury furniture was introduced into France, resulting in a more elegant mode of living. There were very strong influences from Germany, Spain and particularly Italy.

Furniture during this period was large, austere and featured low backs which were either square or had greater width than height. The legs were often columnar, knobbed, baluster or spirally turned legs resting on small bun feet.

From Our Collection

Classic Louis XIII French Provincial Settee


This rather beautiful settee is available in any custom size with option of a fitted back or loose back cushion. It has an exquisite hand carved American Cherry timber frame and can be finished in any colour selected with patina distressing and a waxed finish or a painted or washed finish.Genuine comfort is achieved with sumptuous feather down cushions and a hand tied coil spring back. It is finished in fine double piping detail.

Louis XIV was known as the Sun King, he reigned from 1660 until 1720. His reign saw a style of unparalleled splendour. It was his belief that his home – the Palace of Versailles should reflect the glory, power and wealth of the monarchy in its furniture decor and grounds.

Louis XIV Chair


Last week we looked at a Bergere chair, slightly modified. The Louis XIV Bergere chair in our selection has a hand carved frame from American Cherry, 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.

To finish off this week we take a look at the Charles II Carver Chair

Charles II Carver Chair


Another popular reproduction chair is this classic chair from the Charles II 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.

For further information on our French Provincial reproduction series please don’t hesitate to call us on 03 9815 0111.

Always choose Wills for Design, Luxury and Comfort

Consistent Quality from our Craftsmen at Wills Furniture

At Wills Furniture we place the highest value on quality and consistency. The Wills Collection delivers time and time again. With timeless traditional Lounge Suites, Sofas, Armchairs and Ottomans, your designer or decorator can fully develop a consistent look and feel throughout your home. Choosing fabrics or leather and providing necessary modifications, the end result will be both unique and a fulsome finish. Our Contemporary Furniture offers the same level of quality and craftsmanship.

This week we look at our latest design created by our production manager Matt Howe. The Amelia Sofa is a classic design with a curved tub back made with Australian hardwood kiln dried frame, hand tied hourglass steel coil springs, feather down cushions with assorted scatter cushions for the back.


The Amelia is available in 3 sizes – as a 2 seater, 2 1/2 or 3 seater and can be complemented by a matching armchair. Like any selection from our collection it can be upholstered in the fabric of your choice. Consult with your Interior Designer and select from a huge range of fabric, leather or textile combinations.


Wills Furniture is often required to work with wonderful timeless furniture from our clients in both reupholstering and re-covering of both antique and contemporary furniture. The rather traditional Bergere Chair pictured was restored last year. With a beautiful hand carved frame, carved from American Cherrywoods this is a most unique and handsome chair. It is beautifully finished with a distressed wax finish. Supremely comfortable it is luxuriant with a sumptuous combination feather and down seat cushion.

Our Craftsmen at Wills Furniture design and create impressive furniture for the most discerning Interior Designers and Decorators. Take the time to review our Collection and on appointment you are most welcome to view our range at our showroom at 6 Guest St Hawthorn. You are most welcome to invite your clients to accompany you on your visit.

Wills Furniture – Design, Luxury, Comfort.

How to increase the value of your property – Interior decoration – Natalie Sharkey

Natalie-SharkeyNatalie Sharkey took over the family Newham Interiors business in 1987, the third generation in her family to fill the role. She completed her Interior Design qualifications at RMIT and with her broad skillset and creative flair has been adding a personal touch to the business ever since. Here are Natalie’s tips on making your home look good to a valuer.

1. Refresh with paint

Painting the interior can lift the mood of your house and it’s inexpensive if you’re willing to do the work. If your budget allows, tackle walls yourself and get professionals in to do the ceilings, as these can be hard going on the neck.

You might be able to get away with giving skirting boards, doors and window and door frames a good clean with sugar soap or a natural alternative such as washing soda.

2. Revamp the entrance
First impressions count, particularly if you’re about to put your house on the market. By painting the front door in a strong colour, such as red or blue, updating doorway furniture and the entrance mat, you’re sending a message that your home is up-to-date and well maintained before anyone even crosses the threshold. Give the area around the entrance the once-over by cleaning the path, removing cobwebs and trimming plants. Check the letterbox isn’t shabby and fix any loose pavers or fence palings.

3. Update flooring

Getting carpets cleaned can make a huge amount of difference to the look (and smell) of a home, so calling in the professionals is well worth considering. However, no amount of cleaning is going to lift a floor covering beyond its use-by date, so it may be time to replace what you’ve got.

If floorboards are showing a little too much wear and tear, have them re-sanded, which opens up myriad options as you could have them lime washed, stained, painted or simply resealed.

4. Quick kitchen fixes

New cupboard doors and handles update a kitchen in a budget-friendly way. “For a pre-made cupboard door off the shelf, the cheapest option is a laminated door for around $15,” says Amanda Falconer, author of The Renovator‘s Survival Guide (Penguin).

“The typical cupboard door is about 600 by 720 millimetres and you should be able to get a two pack polyurethane finish for around $50 a door.”

Another option is to replace the bench top, but consider what will work with your floor, says Judy Dymond, a colour consultant for The Laminex Group. “As your floor is probably the largest area of singular finish, ensure you take the colour and pattern into consideration.”

5. Makeover the bathroom

“You can get a quick lift by replacing the toilet, sink and tapware,” says Amanda Falconer. “A new toilet gives the impression of cleanliness and a new sink and taps can also help turn an ordinary or tired bathroom into something more modern. There are sinks of almost any shape and colour available, but more organic shapes are the current trend.”

If you want to go purely down the DIY route, think about painting the existing tiles. White Knight makes high-gloss tile paint as well as a nifty little Grout Pen, for painting over discoloured grout. Plasti-kote produces spray-on tile paint that provides two square metres of coverage per can in either white, cream or black.

6. Change the light switches

Often, it’s the details that count and standard white light switches tend to look yellow over time. Getting an electrician to replace them isn’t a costly exercise and you can often pick up everything you need at a big hardware store, so the major cost will be labour.

7. Rethink window treatments

Sometimes, you don’t realise how grubby a window is until it’s obvious. In the meantime, the dirt is building up and affecting the quality of light. Get the glass sparkling, check latches are working correctly and contact a glazier if any panes are cracked or need replacing. “Putting up a new blind or curtain can be a great start to adding or changing the style of a room,” says Shaynna Blaze, interior designer on The Lifestyle Channel’s ‘Selling Houses Australia.’

8. Replace splashback

Sometimes making one major change in the kitchen is enough to lift the whole room, so if you don’t want to mess with the cabinetry, cast an objective eye over the splashback as it’s a way to inject some personality into the room without going over the top.

9. Fit new taps

If the bathroom and kitchen are basically in good shape but just in need of a little updating, look at the taps. By fitting new, good-looking, matching taps, or taps that link aesthetically, you’re bringing a sense of cohesion to the house. Good taps also suggest good plumbing.

10. Groom the garden

Winter is the perfect time to pull on the garden gloves and get stuck into the back yard. After a general tidy up, look at any gaps in planting that need to be dealt with. If you’re putting the house up for sale, gather reasonably established potted plants to fill up these holes as you can take them with you when you go. Get hold of a high-pressure hose and give paths and paintwork the once-over.


11. Furniture

Does your current furniture really do justice to your home? Does it need to be professionally cleaned and prepped? It should fill the room and be proportional to the room size. Are your home’s rooms furnished serviceably to suit the market you’re aiming for? (e.g. Family, empty nester, investor…) Does it allow enough space? Does it give purpose? Think about it carefully. It may well be advisable to visit a furniture hire business, put your current furniture in storage and utilise some contemporary or traditional furniture to achieve the effect more appealing to your targeted market.

First impressions are everything.

Learn more about landscaping and first impression recommendations to increase your property value.

Source: (Via Andrew Mirams’s Featured Channel)


Andrew Mirams | Managing Director | Intuitive Finance

Wills Furniture for Contemporary and Traditional Design

Decor + Design Mel/17 is getting closer. Finalists for Vivid, Australia’s longest running Design Competition profiling Australia’s up and coming young (and not so young) Interior Designers have been announced on May 26th. You can view their profiles and a sample of their works here on the show’s website. This is very contemporary design.

At Wills we offer both Contemporary and Traditional style furniture. This week we will feature some exciting and interesting lounge, sofa and armchair furniture. Each piece is an exclusive Wills Furniture selection from our extensive collection. You can browse our full selection here.

The Bradford Sofa


A classic design it also fits well into a contemporary space, melding elegantly with traditional design or the more contemporary feel of modern buildings. Pictured here, the lounge is upholstered in Maasanne Rose Indian Stripe Fabric by Colefax and Fowler with a solid, durable Victorian Ash frame and featuring polished legs with brass castors. With a coil sprung seat and feather/fibre down cushions, your comfort is assured.

The Houston


Again a contemporary design with stylish elegant lines suitable for a range of applications – living room, sitting room, waiting rooms or open space modern living. A coil sprung seat and feather wrapped foam cushions makes for luxurious comfort. The durable Victorian Ash hardwood frame provides strength and longevity. Its simple built with real quality. Featuring polished feet with a stacked timber detail, this delightful sofa is available in your size specifications and fabric selections.

The Auburn


A classic winged chair, the Auburn is one of the most popular armchairs in our Collection. With a traditional hardwood frame, a coil sprung seat, chrome castors and luxuriant feather down seat cushion this is beautiful chair that reflects the character of your home with each different fabric selection. Pictured here, the fabric is by Morris and Company. The fabric design is named The Brook and the final rendition is finished with contrasted piping in Sanderson Briaza Velvet.

The Laguno


Perhaps you’re looking for something contemporary finished in leather. Here we feature the Laguno Sofa as displayed in the Warwick Fabrics showroom in Collingwood. The upholstery is finished in Thomas Maxwell Langham Leather in colour chestnut (available from Warwick Fabrics). This sofa at 2300mm in length features a polished Victorian Ash base with sumptuous feather wrapped foam cushion seat inserts. Complementing the sofa is the Laguno Ottoman (1000mm x 700mm), upholstered in the Warwick Fabricks selection ‘Bainbridge’, colour grey. Matching armchairs are available and can be viewed in our Collection.

Call now to enquire, order or discuss any of the splendid pieces on display here on 03 9815 0111

Or arrange an appointment to meet with Wills Furniture’s John Sharkey to discuss your design requirements and assist you in making your selections.

Wills Furniture – Design, Comfort, Luxury. Your choice of fabrics, leather or textiles. Modifications to suit your requirements. For quality craftsmanship of the highest order always call Wills Furniture – the very best in upholstery and design.

Contemporary Design Dining Chairs from Wills Furniture

Reminder – Saturday, June 10th is the day the Denfair 2017 Design Exhibition is open to the public. Featuring the latest in Contemporary Design – don’t miss out. Tickets can be purchased online at the Denfair website here.

The Exhibition will be open from 10am until 5pm.


Dining setting featuring custom dining chairs made by Wills Furniture for Adelaide Bragg & Associates.

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.

Continuing the series on the Wills 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


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


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


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


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.

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

Luxury and Comfort in Contemporary Design

With the Denfair Show next week commencing on the 8th of June and completed on June 10th, it’s probably now opportune to view some of the stunning range of contemporary upholstered chairs featured in our Wills Collection.


Denfair announces its show with the statement ‘Australia’s leading destination for contemporary Design and Art’ and this year as previously announced Wills Furniture will be supporting and partnering with Boyac Fabrics assisting them in presenting their exciting range of textiles.

This week we will review 3 of our favourite chairs in contemporary style.

The Madrid


This is a chair with a compact design admirably suited to contemporary application in today’s spacious open homes and apartments.

With comfort in mind, the Madrid features padded arms, a tight fitted back and a fully sprung fitted seat. We offer the option of feather combination cushioning with this seat, and with a fully upholstered seat finish, there is the perfect balance for the polished timber base.

The Kerferd


Always a popular choice, the Kerferd is an occasional armchair with sleek top-stitched arms, a sprung, tight fitted back and sumptuous feather combination seat cushion. This is again complimented with fine polished timber legs. With finer proportions, the Kerferd lends itself to applications where minimal space effects the design options.

The Florida


A unique armless style chair, the Florida features a wing back, firm springing in the base and back and plump, comfortable feather cushioning to sink into. Handsomely finished with a polished timber base and legs, its hardwood frame provides strength and durability.

All Wills Furniture is handmade and created by genuine craftsmen and artisans in our own factory located at 6 Guest St, Hawthorn. Feel free to visit our showroom and let manager John Sharkey assist you in your selections. Call 03 9815 0111 to make an appointment. Designers and Decorators are welcome to select their preferred chairs, sofas, ottomans and bedheads from our extensive collection and choose the fabric or leather to suit their overall design concepts.

Wills Furniture are renowned for collaborating with Designers and Decorators on their final designs, modifying standard pieces to meet the requirements and needs of particular projects.

At Wills Furniture we offer flexibility and finesse – in the end the result is always there – Design, Luxury and Comfort – without compromise.