The good years in terms of interior design were the 1980s when there seemed to be lots of money about.
Ken Watkin would regularly be asked to fit curtains, carpets and blinds for Allison Homes’ and Broadgate Builders’ show houses in the district.
Jilly German says in the ’80s they would also be asked to fit soft furnishings throughout a whole house, and she was able to tempt customers with the lovely Liberty or William Morris fabrics by Sanderson.
In his own home, Ken Watkin has the light colours favoured by his late wife Marion.
He says: “I have always bought good ones and good ones last. I should think they must be 25 years old.”
Ken says in his experience it’s still the women in the house who choose carpets and curtains, adding: “If you relied on men we would have packed up years ago.”
The closing down is an ongoing process: although the shop is now empty Ken is still fulfilling orders for some customers, but thinks they should all be completed by late August.
Once that’s done, Ken will be free to pursue his “weakness” for cars and to spend time with his oldest daughter in Cyprus.