At home with Emily Jury.

At home with Emily Jury, Interior Stylist + Designer. 

Words by
Emily Jury
Photography Dylan James Photography
Double Wave Fold Curtains on a corner window

“Made from timber or aluminium blades, our Venetian Blinds are modern and functional, offering excellent privacy, light control and ventilation. Easy to use, Venetian Blinds allow you to open and close the blades to any position and control the direction of sunlight throughout your room or home. They can be recessed or face fitted, meaning the Venetian Blinds can be installed inside the window frame or on the architrave bordering the window. In addition, Venetian Blinds can be locked into position at the bottom using a pin and bracket system which makes them suitable for glass doors or windows which are frequently opened and closed. A great choice to co-ordinate with <a href="">Curtains, </a><a href="/block-out-curtains">Drapes</a> , and <a href="">Tiebacks.</a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">The difference in our Venetian Blinds is in the detail. We use a top of the line technically superior hardware system. Perfected by years of extensive research and development, the operating system has been designed for precision. Our Blinds are also designed with extra componentry as standard, at no extra cost, to ensure the most durable and long lasting Venetian Blinds available.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">For a step-by-step guide on choosing your Venetian Blinds, call for assistance or visit your nearest </span><a href="">store.</a>”

— Emily Jury

Coated Fabrics.

You may have come across the term ‘fabric coating’. This refers to fabrics that have a lining applied to the back of the fabric.


Coated fabrics help to block out light and generally do not need an additional layer of lining, which makes them a cost-effective fabric choice.


In rooms where you do not need daytime privacy, a coated fabric Curtain may be the only window covering you require to achieve total privacy and block out at night.


dollar curtains + blinds have a huge range of coated fabrics to choose from, including an array of colours, prints and textures. For quality and value, choose from the Curtains+ complimentary making range.

Fabric Material.

Another important aspect of the fabric is the type of material. This affects both the look and feel, and the performance of the fabric.


Linen Fabrics.


As the earthy trend continues to gain momentum in Australia, natural materials are gaining popularity. One of the most sought-after natural Curtain fabric materials is Linen. 


However, before selecting real Linen Curtain fabrics, there are a few things to be aware of:

  • Linen colours fade in sunlight, and overtime this can create patchy and uneven Curtains
  • the material creases and can have an odour, which dissipates over time
  • Linen fabrics can shrink in humid environments, including when exposed to sunlight, in coastal regions or when used in bathrooms, meaning there can be movement in the length of your Curtains.


When designing Linen Curtains, it’s recommended to add more length to the drop to allow for this possible shrinkage i.e. design Linen Curtains to puddle on the floor. 


To overcome these issues, dollar curtains + blinds have a range of linen-look Curtain fabrics available. Made from polyester, or a polyester / linen blend, these high-quality fabrics look just like 100% Linen but offer superior performance and longevity. 

Velvet Fabrics.

Luxurious in nature, Velvet fabrics continue to be a popular choice with its soft and tactile handle. Velvet Drapes create an opulent look and are especially popular in stately homes and theatre rooms, often combined with custom made Pelmets.


Polyester fabrics or man made blends.

By far the most popular material for Curtains in Australia is polyester or a blend combining polyester or rayon with cotton, wool or linen. 


Man-made fibres have come a long way since the ‘70s and many have such a soft, luxurious or textured appearance that they look just like natural materials. 


Polyester fibres can be designed with a slubbed texture, creating a luxury look of a Dupion silk (pure silk) without compromising on performance. 


The benefits of polyester fabrics are they:

  • are highly stain-resistant and easy to clean
  • can resemble natural fabrics like cotton, linen and silk
  • do not fade in sunlight
  • are less likely to wrinkle and will not shrink
  • often have good washability

How did you find the design + measure + install service?

I couldn’t fault it! I didn’t have to do a thing. I opened my door to the dollar curtains + blinds installer and closed it a few hours later with gorgeous Curtains, Blinds and Shutters installed.


Did you originally know what you were after in terms of window coverings or were you seeking our advice?

I’d say a little bit of both. I’ve always been drawn to the warm vibe and look the Sheer Curtains provide so that was a must. There were a few decisions such as Roller Blind vs Blockout Curtains and partial wall Curtains vs. wall to wall Curtains, that’s where Liz really helped with my indecisiveness. 

Floor to ceiling Wave Fold Sheer Curtains on a large window

Extra large window with Floor to Ceiling Wave Fold Sheer Curtains

Wave Fold Sheer Curtains on extra large window

Shutters are an ideal choice for thermal insulation – open the blades to stream light into rooms or close to insulate, providing you with a more energy efficient home all year round. Shutters can also transform the façade of your home, creating an immediate impact on your home’s curb appeal while adding sound insulation from outside road and traffic noise.


PVC Shutters have the added benefits of being UV, water and moisture resistant to withstand fading, cracking or warping. Unaffected by moisture or humidity makes them ideal for high use and wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.



Established in Sweden in 1953, Turnils creates superior componentry and systems for internal and external window coverings. Featuring an array of world-class Awning technologies and an outstanding range of internal Blind systems and fabrics, Turnils represents the best with all components engineered and manufactured to create a stylish, high-quality finished product.


Established 50 years ago, Uniline has long been synonymous with providing high quality and innovative systems, components and fabrics, for indoor and outdoor window covering products. Uniline manufacture their own system components and fabric collections in their production facilities throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Uniline focuses on quality with each product stringently tested before leaving their facility bearing their industry-leading warranty.

There’s a trend across interiors towards fabrics with a weave pattern, such as fabrics that mimic the appearance of raw linen.


It’s important to keep in mind that each fabric has its own characteristics and performance levels. With Australia’s largest range of Curtain fabrics, you’ll be spoilt for choice at  dollar curtains + blinds. Discover more about their Curtain fabrics online or visit your nearest store.

What’s the biggest interior design mistake you’ve ever made?

I’ve realised just how much I’ve learnt from the mistakes I’ve made so I don’t see them as a negative thing anymore. It’s all been part of finding my style.


What qualities do you look for when choosing materials, furniture and accessories in your designs?

I love the quality and vibe of Scandinavian design. Although I’m no longer drawn to greys, I love the general vibe of Scandinavian decor best. It’s clean and sturdy but inviting and homely. Winning combo. I also love layering textures rather than colour generally.


Are you a Curtains, Blinds or Shutters person?

Depends on the home! I’ve chosen Blinds and Sheer Curtains in this house and couldn’t be happier. 

“<p class="p1">It can be difficult to manage window coverings in commercial buildings. The volume of windows often present in large structures can be easily and quickly managed effectively with our Automate® range and the <a href="">Pulse Hub</a>. Commercial buildings and businesses can benefit in many ways from a centralised point of control for managing natural light and heat.</p> <p class="p1">Additionally, schedules and triggers can move shades throughout the day based on the position of the sun, creating the perfect interior climate for customers and employees while significantly reducing the time, effort and energy needed to provide a comfortable space.</p>”

— Emily Jury


Stormy blues channel tranquillity, whilst essential whites and burgundy feed our sense of the familiar.


What qualities do you look for when choosing materials, furniture and accessories in your designs?



Are you a Curtains, Blinds or Shutters person? 

Curtains. The sheer volume and romance of them.


Some people find it difficult to decide what to do with their windows. Any tips?

Let the house give you your cues. All the clues are already in the room.  It’s up to you to

co-ordinate with it or contrast.


How do you find inspiration?

In books. Recorded evidence is very useful and powerful.


What design projects are you working on at the moment?

A new accommodation outside of Bangalow that sits at the base of a waterfall and a heritage listed national park. Excitement is an understatement!


Please note: Curtains in Megan’s home are existing and were not supplied by dollar curtains + blinds.

Extra large window with Floor to Ceiling Wave Fold Sheer Curtains

Why more customers are choosing Blackout/Blockout Thermal Curtains.

A great choice for bedrooms or dining/living rooms, choose from our range of coated fabrics or select an uncoated fabric with lining fabric attached. If you’re looking for complete light control then lined Blackout Thermal Curtains are the ideal solution – combined with Pelmets you can enjoy the ultimate in room darkening and insulation.


There is a significant amount of attention and care that goes into every step of the creation of our custom-made Blockout Curtains and as a result, they are more durable and last longer. 


Replacing or repairing inferior window coverings due to damage or age can end up costing more than they are worth, so custom Blackout/Blockout Curtains crafted from good quality fabrics and hardware will save you a lot of money long term. 


All our Curtains – including our thermal Blockout Curtains are made to your specific measurements ensuring a snug fit for your windows and doors. This assists with your home’s insulation which is more energy efficient and results in savings on your energy bills.



  • Blackout / Blockout Curtains are the best Curtains for insulation all year round
  • Savings on energy bills
  • Reduction in outside noise levels
  • Lining fabric creates a layer of trapped air + further insulation
  • Add Pelmets for best insulation to trap air from inside + out


  • Layering Sheer Curtains is important for privacy + light control.
  • Layer Sheer Curtains over Roller Blinds, Roman Blinds or Shutters to create night-time privacy and block daylight.
  • For the ideal combination pair Sheer and Blockout Curtains together with Double Curtains.


For a comprehensive step-by-step guide on choosing your Curtains, download the Curtains Brochure, call for assistance or visit your nearest store. 


We have stores all across Australia, including Melbourne and the greater Victoria area, along with New South Wales, the ACT and South Australia.

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