Testimonials

Miranda Seymour Thrumpton Hall
“We could not have been better served, the choice of materials and the standard of work was superb. Many thanks once again.”
Rosie Smith Gonalston

“I have known Palings of Lowdham since 1957, when I came to live in Gonalston and never have they failed me with their wonderful workmanship. Whether it be curtains, cushions or loose covers, blinds etc. They also have a marvelous range of materials to choose from.” 

Charlotte Ford Burton Joyce

“Dear Stirl, Steve and the whole team at Palings. I wanted to take a moment to email you about how delighted we are with the wonderful soft furnishings you have created for our home. It has been, and continues to be as the house renovation project goes on, a joy to be inspired by a team of people who really know their stuff. No matter what I come into the shop with - be it a bonkers idea for a window dressing, or a decrepit chair much in need of a bit of tlc - you never fail to come up with the most amazing fabrics and trimmings to transform the plain window or revamp the sad chair. Your attention to detail is second to none - every stitch is perfect, every hem skims the floor to perfection, which is a feat in our house seeing as no wall or ceiling is straight or level! When I was stumped about what would suit our entrance hall you provided expert knowledge and guidance and the room has been transformed from an echoey thoroughfare to a cosy welcoming haven. Who knew that cushions and curtains could make such an impact! All in all I couldn't recommend your customer service, knowledge and end product (curtains, curtain poles, roman blinds, roller blinds, cushions, re-upholstered sofas in our case) more highly. Thank you - you have helped to make our house a home. ”

Sue Summers

“FRIENDLY – RELAXED – HELPFUL – PROFESSIONAL : these are the characteristics of Palings’ service. • There is every opportunity to browse through an extensive range of fabrics at their Lowdham premises, featuring all the significant names in soft furnishings. • Advice and assistance from knowledgeable staff are always available if required. • Here, too, is the chance to gain inspiration from exciting new products displayed in the attractive showroom. • The invitation to take time to consider fabrics at leisure in one’s own home is another bonus. • Arrangements for measuring, making and curtain hanging are all convenient and efficient, and Palings also stock a range of carpets to complement their fabrics, together with a fitting service. Having been a regular customer for a number of years, I have never been anything other than delighted with the products and services provided by Steve and Stirl Paling and their staff. ”

Di Parish

“Over the last few years I’ve done a considerable amount of refurbishment of my house. I am delighted with what I have done, but want to put it on record that I wouldn’t have achieved my purpose – the updating of the interior décor of my home – if it were not for the help, support and professional expertise of Stirl Paling. He has been a source of strength and inspiration throughout. In his quiet and measured way, he has encouraged me to try out new ideas and colour schemes, to be adventurous and to ‘break the mould’ of my previously rather traditional taste in home furnishings. From initial ideas, browsing through pattern books, designs and materials, to the final decision Stirl has provided an excellent personal service. He has ensured that this quality service has continued through to final installation, be it curtains, carpets or sofas. I have recommended Palings to lots of friends and they all say the same – the Paling Factor is personal, professional and uniquely theirs! PS I first ‘discovered’ Palings some forty years ago, when we had our settee recovered – by Mr Paling Senior, Stirl and Steve’s father. He would be very proud of what his sons have accomplished, I feel sure.”

Peter Gallagher

“MI Paling can meet everyone's tastes and requirements.”