Design Excellence, Absolute Quality, Complete Comfort From Classics to Contemporary – Wills Bisgrove

As we move back into our offices and workplaces this year, there is a need, a desire for change – a step up to the comfort, the quality that is Wills Bisgrove. Whether it’s professional rooms or simply your home, there’s never been a better time to refresh and renew and the right place to start is the Wills Bisgrove Collection.

Last year with time spent at home we achieved a new perspective. Our living areas became far more important. The truth is that when you are busy 24/7 commuting, picking up kids, cooking, going out to restaurants and cafes, it’s a very different world. The saying “Your home is your castle” took on a new meaning. And now it’s the right time to refresh the castle.  Again, start with the Wills Bisgrove Collection. Steeped in tradition Wills Bisgrove furniture is hand-built and hand crafted, designed to be both elegant and stylish yet last for a generation or more.

The Wills Bisgrove furniture story is over 80 years in the making. The Wills Bisgrove Furniture Studio and Workshop maintains traditional methods of upholstery and frame making, ensuring a more durable end product – sofas, armchairs, occasional chairs, ottomans and dining chairs. All Wills Bisgrove Furniture is of the highest quality, guaranteed for a lifetime of luxury and comfort.

The Wills Bisgrove Collection offers the very latest in fabrics, leathers and accessories.

Pictured below is a beautiful Columbia Wing Chair created for Newham Interiors. The client resides at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. The fabric selected is from Mokum in a vintage velvet, colour ‘Lapis’.

Following traditional upholstery methods, Wills Bisgrove chair and sofa frames are made from Australian hardwood timbers, blocked and dowelled for strength and rigidity. Sink into the luxuriant feel of the unique cushion inserts, which are a blend of feather fibre casing covering a combination of memory foam core. Any fabric or leather of your choosing will be used to cover your selected design and style. Let’s take a quick tour of some of our more popular selections.

The Suffolk

Classic club arm designed sofa with T shaped front cushion. Traditional hand sprung seating, and Australian hardwood timber framing. For a contemporary look choose polished timber block feet or for a more classic design choose the fully lined tailored valance.

The Wesley

Scoop scroll arm with large hand studding detail, polished, tapered timber legs with bronze castors. Upholstered in leather, this style is the ideal sofa for a cigar room (whilst enjoying cognac or playing billiards).

Whitehall

Traditional diamond buttoning creates comfort in this chesterfield styled sofa. The merry widow design large, splayed out scroll arms with inset piping detail creates a classic, handsome look. This sofa can be finished with chunky timber legs and piano sized castors or tailored skirts.

The Wimmera

A perfect family room sofa with its chunky scroll arms and full roll back. Solid, highly polished hardwood timber feet complete this low maintenance sofa. Comfort is assured with the sumptuous feather fibre back cushions. It can be covered in chenille for warmth or a light linen finish for the beach house.

Any of these sofas can be customised to the sizing required, Wills Furniture are only too happy to make modifications to suit your seating requirements. All sofas in the range are available as two seaters with two legs or three seaters with three legs and are also available as armchairs.

Please call 03 9815 0111 and book an appointment now for a thorough consultation on all your upholstered furniture requirements. Or email us at willsfurniture@bigpond.com and one of our staff members will promptly get back to you.

Our showrooms are located at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell. You are welcome to visit and inspect but please call first and make an appointment.

Select Wills Bisgrove Furniture – it’s simply the best

Wills Bisgrove – Handcrafted and Hand Finished, Superb Design.

At Wills Bisgrove Furniture each individual piece of furniture has been crafted to exacting standards. For over 80 years the Wills Bisgrove team has operated using the same tried and true methodologies. Master Craftsmen, skilled Artisans create simply stunning upholstered furniture. Timeless beauty – the mark of Wills Bisgrove.

In recent times a number of large furniture retailers have made claims to offering for sale ‘handcrafted’ furniture. It would be interesting to investigate the veracity of such claims. A glance, even with an untrained eye will immediately notice that this simply isn’t true. Manufacturers, both local and offshore are known to ‘cut corners’. The phrase originated where tailors and upholsterers gave ‘short’ measure of cloth/fabric to save money. At Wills Bisgrove Furniture you can be entirely confident that our skilled artisans and tradesmen genuinely hand craft all  furniture in the traditional manner to produce the very best in superb Traditional and Contemporary Furniture – sofas, armchairs, tub chairs, dining chairs and ottomans.

Where others now use robotics and mechanisation, we used skilled artisans plying the time honoured trade they have been passed down through generations. Each component follows rigid quality specifications and manufacturing processes.

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.

Coil Springs and Contemporary Springing

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

Wills Bisgrove 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.

Wills Bisgrove offers a range of studding. 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.

See our website for complete details on the options and choices available.

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

Wills Bisgrove Furniture carries a lifetime guarantee on all items manufactured. Quality is always delivered at the very highest of standards.

Call now on 03 9815 0111 and arrange a viewing of the Wills Collection at our Showrooms located at 1346 Toorak Road, Camberwell or email us at  willsfurniture@bigpond.com and one of our staff will contact you to arrange a visit or quotation. 

Wills Bisgrove Furniture – Simply The Very Best!  

Select From The World’s Leading Fabric Houses and Leather Suppliers With Wills Bisgrove For The Perfect Finish 

For Interior Designers and Decorators, the ability to make the absolute best decision in terms of colour schemes, layouts and texture is dependent on access to a comprehensive range of first class fabric and leathers. It is the imperative when having selected an exclusive Wills Bisgrove design in either Classic or Contemporary Upholstered Furniture, a Designer then has the choice available of the very best in both current and traditional fabrics to dress selected furniture as desired. At Wills Bisgrove Furniture  we offer an extensive range of exquisite fabrics and leathers from the world’s leading suppliers.

The key to ensuring a simply stunning, beautiful interior design is to enjoy the freedom of selecting the fabrics, colours, fine leathers and accessories required. When choosing your upholstered furniture, take the time to browse the Wills Bisgrove Collection and select the style, the design that you desire from our extensive catalogue of both classic and contemporary upholstered furniture. Your Interior Designer can then spend time with our team of Artisans to ensure your Bespoke designs are faithfully crafted by the Wills Bisgrove team, meeting and exceeding your expectations. 

When choosing premium handcrafted, hand-built furniture, you and your designer can select from the fabrics and leathers available through Wills Bisgrove from Australia’s and the world’s leading suppliers.

So let’s discuss fabrics. Interior Designers consider a number of factors when determining the right fabric to suit your selection from our exclusive Wills Bisgrove Collection.

For a designer its often somewhat imperious to select a delicate silk or a pure white linen. However good designers realise their clients must live with the fabric selected and it may be the fabric is determined by the potential use of the furniture, its location and the degree of traffic a room may experience. Often choosing an easy to maintain fabric can be a better long term choice.

Here is a list of fabrics, both Natural and Synthetic reprinted from the Houzz.com.au website. It is a useful guide and at Wills Bisgrove Furniture we consider it reasonably accurate and useful.

  • Cotton is durable and resistant to wear and fading, but not as resistant to dirt and wrinkling. Cotton can go from casual to formal depending on the weave.
  • Cotton blends are slightly more durable than cotton due to the mix of additional fibres.
  • Leather is durable and functional. It wears well and gets better with age.
  • Linen is resistant to pilling and fading. It provides a crisp and casual look to furniture. However, it wrinkles and shows dirt easily.
  • Silk is elegant and adds a sophisticated and formal touch to furniture. Due to its delicacy, it’s best for light use and requires professional cleaning.
  • Wool blends with synthetic fibre for easier maintenance. It’s durable while also being resistant to pilling, fading, wrinkling and soil.
  • Acetate is developed as imitation silk, and is resistant to pilling and shrinking; however, it doesn’t hold up well for everyday use due to its tendency to wear, wrinkle and fade in the sun.
  • Acrylic is developed as imitation wool and may pill easily if not of high quality. However, it’s softer than natural wool, and is resistant to wear, wrinkling, dirt and fading.
  • Microfibre fabric is made from polyester fibres, is similar to suede, and easy to maintain.
  • Nylon is often blended with other fibres, creating a durable fabric that won’t wrinkle or soil but may fade and pill.
  • Polyester is usually found in a blend with other fibres, and is resistant to wrinkling and fading.
  • Rayon, though prone to wrinkling, is durable and affordable.
  • Vinyl is durable and a more affordable option compared to leather.

Source: Houzz

Functionality and Reality

A clever designer will select fabric that not only looks superb but also wears well, is easy to maintain yet synchronises well with the style of the furniture and the decor and feel of the room you have selected.

Houzz advises:

Neutral tones and floral prints work well in a traditional space, while bright colours and bold patterns give off a more contemporary vibe. Your lifestyle also dictates your design. Here are four quick questions to ask while browsing upholstery fabric online:

• How long is this upholstery meant to last?
• How often will you clean and iron it?
• Where do you plan to use it – indoors or outdoors?
• Which style of furniture pieces is this upholstery meant for?

At Wills Bisgrove Furniture we always advise our designers on fabrics and their properties, recommending the best in looks, appearance, quality and maintenance, ensuring the longevity and durability matches the appearances of the fabrics selected.

The choice is yours. Let it reflect your personality, your home and your vision.

Don’t hesitate to call Wills Bisgrove Furniture on 03 9815 0111 to arrange an appointment to discuss your needs. Manager John Sharkey is highly experienced and can offer accurate and informative advice on whatever your furniture requirements are. Alternatively, send an email to willsfurniture@bigpond.com and the Wills Bisgrove team will send you a prompt reply.

Design, Luxury, Comfort.

Wills Bisgrove – It’s simply the best

Be Ready For Spring and Summer. It’s Time To Engage An Interior Designer.

With winter fast approaching it’s really time to consider engaging a talented interior Designer to create for you a new vista – a spacious interior design that provides connectivity and flow with superb features and design elements. After lockdown last year many people realised their homes had become cluttered and offered limited space. And with families that have grown – even left home – the furniture has taken a beating over the years. It’s the perfect solution, the right combination – a talented Interior Designer together with the Wills Collection. 

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.

For clients determining and selecting their preferred Interior Designer, their choice 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.

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.

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.

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: https://www.houzz.com/magazine/how-to-work-with-an-interior-designer-stsetivw-vs~3293842

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 Furniture we work with many of Melbourne’s, indeed Australia’s, most talented Designers and we would be happy to assist you in your search.

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. Our showrooms are conveniently located at 6 Guest St, Hawthorn.

Choose Wills Furniture for Design, Luxury and Comfort.

Wills Furniture – It’s simply the best.

From Classics to Contemporary. Superb Design, Absolute Quality from Wills Furniture.

Last year for many of us was both a trial and, ultimately, a bit of a blessing. With the inability to travel and most entertainment limited for many of us it meant that spending was greatly reduced. Now as things have begun to open up one of the first things that immediately springs to mind – it’s time to refresh and renew – with Wills Furniture

Time spent at home meant we often achieved a new perspective. Our living rooms were far more noticeable as were our kitchens and bathrooms. When you are busy 24/7 commuting, picking up kids, cooking, going out to restaurants and cafes, it’s a very different world. The saying “Your home is your castle” took on new meaning. It’s very obviously time to refresh the castle.  What better place to start than the Wills Collection, steeped in tradition Wills furniture is hand built and hand crafted designed to be both elegant and stylish yet last for a generation or more.

The Wills Furniture story is over 80 years in the making. An established family business, the Wills Furniture Studio and Workshop maintains traditional methods of Upholstery and Framemaking ensuring a more durable end product – Sofas, Armchairs, Occasional Chairs, Ottomans and Dining Chairs. All Wills Furniture is of the highest quality, guaranteed for a lifetime of luxury and comfort.

The Wills Collection offers the very latest in fabrics, leathers and accessories.

Pictured here is a beautiful Columbia Wing Chair created for Newham Interiors. The client resides at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. The fabric selected is from Mokum in a vintage velvet, colour ‘Lapis’.

Following traditional upholstery methods, Wills chair and sofa frames are made from Australian hardwood timbers, blocked and dowelled for strength and rigidity. Sink into the luxuriant feel of the unique cushion inserts, which are a blend of feather fibre casing covering a combination of memory foam core. Any fabric or leather of your choosing will be used to cover your selected design and style. Let’s take a quick tour of some of our more popular selections.

The Suffolk

classic-sofas-suffolk-1-l.jpg

Classic club arm designed sofa with T shaped front cushion. Traditional hand sprung seating, and Australian hardwood timber framing. For a contemporary look choose polished timber block feet or for a more classic design choose the fully lined tailored valance.

The Wesley

classic-sofas-wesley-l.jpg

Scoop scroll arm with large hand studding detail, polished, tapered timber legs with bronze castors. Upholstered in leather, this style is the ideal sofa for a cigar room (whilst enjoying cognac or playing billiards).

Whitehall

classic-sofas-whitehall-l.jpg

Traditional diamond buttoning creates comfort in this chesterfield styled sofa. The merry widow design large, splayed out scroll arms with inset piping detail creates a classic, handsome look. This sofa can be finished with chunky timber legs and piano sized castors or tailored skirts.

The Wimmera

classic-sofas-wimmera-l.jpg

A perfect family room sofa with its chunky scroll arms and full roll back. Solid, highly polished hardwood timber feet complete this low maintenance sofa. Comfort is assured with the sumptuous feather fibre back cushions. It can be covered in chenille for warmth or a light linen finish for the beach house.

Any of these sofas can be customised to the sizing required, Wills Furniture are only too happy to make modifications to suit your seating requirements. All sofas in the range are available as two seaters with two legs or three seaters with three legs and are also available as armchairs.

Please call 03 9815 0111 and book an appointment now for a thorough consultation on all your upholstered furniture requirements. Or leave your details here and one of our staff members will get back to you ASAP.

Our showrooms are located at 6 Guest St Hawthorn. You are welcome to visit and inspect but we recommend calling first and making an appointment. Wills Furniture provide a Covid safe environment for all visitors, complying with all government regulations

Select Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.

Apartment Living – Design, Comfort, Luxury with the Wills Contemporary Sofa Collection

Today, Apartment Living for many people is an exciting option. With maintenance managed by the Body Corporate, travel times reduced with convenient inner-city locations, apartment dwellers have more time for entertainment, dining out and indulging in a unique outdoor lifestyle with parks, recreation and beaches nearby. The ultimate in comfort, luxury and superb design are guaranteed when selecting your apartment’s furniture from the fabulous Wills Contemporary Sofa and Armchair Collection,  handcrafted and individually hand-built to exacting standards.

With the shift to apartment style living in inner city areas, the desire for space and comfort is premium. Modern Apartments can be up to 60 squares standard size. With panoramic views on offer, the requirement to ensure a design with space and ease of movement in mind. The Wills Collection offers an exciting and visually stunning range of contemporary furniture, creating simply beautiful lounge suites and vistas genuinely complimenting apartment living.

All Wills Furniture is locally manufactured here in Melbourne at our Hawthorn factory. It is constructed using time honoured and traditional processes. High grade Australian Hardwood, usually Victorian Ash is used for the framework, whilst the seating is hand tied and coil sprung for supreme comfort and support.

The Avalon
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
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
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.

Please feel free to visit the Showroom in Hawthorn to inspect these or any other sofas in the collection.  [Wills Furniture provide a Covid safe and compliant environment for all clients and visitors.]

As visits are by appointment, please call first to arrange an inspection on 9815 0111.

Wills Furniture – Simply the best

Have you considered engaging an Interior Designer to assist you in redeveloping your home?

With the mini-lockdown now over, it’s a good time to consider engaging an Interior Designer to assist you in redecorating and refurbishing your home. Naturally you have decided to select your new lounge suite, occasional chairs, dining chairs and accessories from the fabulous Wills Collection, but the intermediate step is to ensure you have a well crafted Interior Design plan to work to, ensuring a fabulous result.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Email us at willsfurniture@bigpond.com or call our telephone number above and leave us a message. Alternatively, leave your details here.

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.

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.

[Wills Furniture provide a Covid safe and compliant environment for all clients and visitors.]

Choose Wills Furniture for Design, Luxury and Comfort.

Wills Furniture – It’s simply the best.

It’s Unique, it’s Original, it’s Bespoke Design from Wills Furniture.

To achieve a truly individual and stunning visage, Interior Designers and Decorators will often create an entirely new and different item of furniture to complement the overall design and finish of a project. From conceptualisation through to finished item requires expertise and experience in the art of furniture making and upholstery. This is why many Designers and Decorators always select Wills Furniture to create and breathe life into their Bespoke designs.

For many Interior Designers and Decorators, finding a Furniture company capable of interpreting Bespoke Design and one-off unique interpretive design is a real imperative. The Wills Furniture team have many years experience in creating truly Bespoke Furniture for some of Australia’s leading Interior Designers.

The Wills team are classically trained, industry experienced master craftsmen and women. upholsterers, framers, seamstresses – all true artisans with a sensitivity and receptiveness to creative expression. At Wills we work with leading fabric houses and leather suppliers to ensure an absolutely premium finish on every item undertaken.

Custom bed end stool, 1500x550x500mm, with hand polished Queen Anne cabriole legs and fabric from Tigger Hall Design, Juhu – Badal Gray

With real skill and expertise our artisans bring each design to life, creating unique pieces that breathe vibrancy into an overall project vision prepared and executed by an Interior Designer.

The Wills Furniture team are experienced and skilled in producing unique, individual furniture to the design specifications supplied by Interior Designer, Decorators and Architects. As well where required the Wills team can modify current furniture pieces featured in the Wills Collection to meet the space and/or the concepts of the Interior Designer or Decorator as provided.

Designers often create modular furniture with nominated space requirements. Wills will produce the furniture units to fit the spaces exactly and correctly as desired. This includes one-off modular furniture, ottomans, bench seating, traditional sofas and chairs. In short Wills will provide a superb rendition of the plans and designs developed by the designers, decorators and architects on each occasion.

Keep in mind that most Wills designed Sofas can be easily modified to include Sofa Bed mechanisms. Each such mechanism has fully sprung mattresses and is reliably tested for comfort and functionality. Sofa Beds provide a wonderful and simple option for guest rooms or those ‘spare’ spaces.

Please call now and book a time to discuss your requirements with Manager John Sharkey on 03 9815 0111, or leave your details on our website contact page here.

Wills Furniture follows all Covid safety requirements as presented by Federal and State Authorities.

The Wills Furniture team will bring your design visions to life, with beauty, vibrancy and individual flair.

Design – Luxury – Comfort

Wills Furniture – when only the best will do.

Summer Holidays, A Comfortable Chair and a Coffee.

It’s that time of year again. Long Summer evenings, salad days. Sit back and watch the waves or the late evening sunlight filter through the trees. Your chair is supremely comfortable, you sink back and just relax – it’s from Wills Furniture of course. Real luxury, comfort and superb design.

A classic chair made by craftsmen using traditional techniques and upholstered for comfort and style, it is a thing of beauty. It can be the focus within a room or sit quietly beside a sumptuous sofa. The chairs in the Classic Collection at Wills Furniture suit a full range of interior design. 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

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

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

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

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 the perfect seat for your interior space. Ask our staff for assistance in selecting fabrics.

Call now on 9815 0111 and arrange an appointment to discuss your needs – or leave a request here to schedule a visit to our showrooms at your convenience.

Wills Furniture – It is simply the best – the only choice you should make.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Wills Furniture

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year from all of the team at Wills Furniture.

We will be closing for the holiday period on Wednesday the 23st of December 2020 at midday and re-opening for business on Monday January 18th at 9am. A big thank you to all of our clients and customers for what has been a challenging but ultimately very rewarding year here at Wills.

It is often the case that leading Interior Designers and Decorators specify original bespoke design. This week we review some recent and exciting pieces produced by the talented Wills artisans.

First there is a custom designed bedhead, resplendent with antique bronze hand studding. The fabric to dress the bedhead is from Ascraft, called Lahore, the colour is Shadow LAH/45.

In the next photo we can see two Bradford sofas, each 2600mm in length. Both feature Australian kiln-dried hardwood frames, hand tied steel coil sprung seats, luxurious feather wrap seat cushions and individual antique bronze studding complimented by antique bronze castors. The fabric is again by Ascraft, this time it is called Les Creations, its colour Genk col.24.

And finally this is beautifully set off by a custom deep diamond buttoned ottoman featuring polished legs and antique bronze castors, individual antique bronze studding, dressed in a stunning leather from Hume International called Brusio in the colour Desert.

The Wills team of craftsmen and artisans breathe life into every design with a superb finish and premium quality. All Wills Furniture is hand built utilising traditional craftsmanship and methodologies passed down for generations. The end result is superb. Elegant, sumptuous, yet practical.

For further enquiries please don’t hesitate to call on 03 9815 0111 to book an appointment to view our showroom and floor stock in the new year. Or you can leave your details here for a prompt response to your enquiry. Our showrooms are located at 6 Guest St Hawthorn (off Burwood Rd) before Glenferrie Rd heading east. Wills Furniture provides a Covid plan for the protection of all clients and customers and is compliant with all Government Health Department requirements.

Always choose Wills Furniture. Timeless, traditional or modern contemporary – Wills Furniture – it’s simply the best.