Inside the studio with Warwick Fabrics.

We chat to Cam Warwick about the design studio of Warwick and discover how they bring innovation and style to the homes of Australia.

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Inside the studio.

Imagine growing up surrounded by luscious fabrics and an abundance of colour and you have some idea of Cam Warwick’s childhood. Today, as the second generation, Cam is the Joint Managing Director of one of Australia’s leading textile design brands. We step inside the design studio of Warwick Fabrics to meet Cam Warwick and chat about his beautiful range of fabrics.

Nothing quite beats a good night’s sleep, but in world that never stops we know sometimes just how difficult that can be. Noise, light pollution and even the weather are all factors that can throw off our sleeping patterns.

Blockout fabric is specifically designed to block out light coming into your home, creating darkness when you need it most. What’s more, blockout fabric can provide better privacy, reduce noise from outside your windows and even help to insulate your home. We’ve broken down six of the biggest benefits of having blockout fabric in your home in a simple and handy list below!

Could you benefit from blockout fabrics?

So, who benefits? Restless sleepers, young children, shift-workers and migraine sufferers are just some of the people that will really feel the difference. For those living in bustling urban areas, close to a main road or even beneath a flight path, blockout fabric provides that much needed barrier so that you can rest easy when it matters most.

So, what are the benefits?

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— Cam Warwick

Describe a typical day at work in the studio for your designers.

Cushions are an inexpensive way to give your home a style update. Add a finishing touch to a room through a visually appealing mix of different colours and textures.

Using our extensive range of fabrics, we custom make Cushions to all shapes and sizes, with or without piping, to co-ordinate with your Curtains, Roman Blinds or Bonded Roller Blinds.

We also offer exclusive ranges of decorative trims and fabric buttons to give your Cushions that designer look. Cushion sizes and shapes vary from the typical square or bolster to window seat cushions or Cushions custom made to fit your furniture.

Dollar Curtains & Blinds Pty Ltd ACN 068 338 787 and its related entities (we, us, our) is collecting your personal information to assess your application and suitability for employment with us and, if you accept a position with us, to administer and manage your ongoing employment.

In addition to the information you provide to us directly (including via any application and pre-employment forms), we may also collect information about you from third parties, such as referees (e.g. previous employers), from government agencies and background screening providers (e.g. criminal and credit history checks) and academic and professional bodies (e.g. to validate details and currency of qualifications).

If you are successful and join us as an employee, we may:

  • collect further details regarding any health issues or requirements relevant to your role (e.g. pre-existing injuries, allergies, disabilities), so that we (and our franchisees) can comply with OH&S laws, accommodate any specific health requirements and provide a safe working environment for you;
  • collect your banking and superannuation fund details;
  • ask you to provide us with your tax file number (TFN). If you choose to provide it, we will collect and use it in accordance with our authorised functions as your employer under the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cth) and other applicable laws (including taxation and superannuation laws).  It is not an offence if you choose not to provide your TFN.  However, providing your TFN reduces the risk of administrative errors and having extra tax withheld.  We are required to withhold the top rate of tax from all payments made to you if you do not provide your TFN or claim an exemption from quoting your TFN;
  • collect feedback about your performance, including from supervisors and customers;
  • collect camera/video footage of you while on our premises (via CCTV) and record conversations via call recording technologies we implement in our business (for staff training, quality assurance and record-keeping purposes);
  • collect logs of your usage of our equipment (e.g. phones, computers and vehicles) and access to our premises and systems, including monitoring internet and network use and the location of our vehicles and equipment via GPS; and
  • collect biometric information about you (e.g. fingerprint) if and to the extent required for time sheet and attendance monitoring technologies.

If you do not provide any of the information requested, we may not be able to properly consider your application or make an offer for employment.

To assess and progress your application and administer your ongoing employment, we may disclose the personal information we collect to:

  • our related entities and franchisees who we authorise to operate a ‘dollar curtains + blinds’ franchise;
  • your emergency contacts, referees and agents;
  • third parties that provide us with employment related services (such as providers of background screening services);
  • third parties who provide us with administrative, IT and other support services (including data hosting);
  • our professional advisors;
  • government and law enforcement agencies; and
  • other recipients if required or permitted to do so by law.

Some of the service providers and suppliers we utilise are located outside of Australia (including in China), and so your personal information may be disclosed to recipients outside Australia.

Our privacy policy available at states how you can seek to access or correct any personal information we hold about you, how to complain about a privacy breach and how we will deal with a privacy complaint.

We can be contacted by email at, by mail to Building 8, 97-107 Canterbury Rd, Kilsyth VIC 3137 or via phone on 03 9237 1200.

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Can you share what is special in your role as Joint Managing Director?

Roller Blinds are one of the most popular window treatments for any room of the home. They’re incredibly versatile, can be automated and are cost effective. 

While there will be small light gaps when using Roller Blinds in a corner window, they are minimal. For main living areas where you don’t need complete blockout, this can be a streamlined and affordable window covering solution.

In this photo, we’ve designed Blockout Roller Blinds under matching Bonded Pelmets.

Tropical Blockout Curtains

How does Warwick Fabrics find inspiration for collections, and when considering a new range and theme what is the research process?

Enjoy your time away from home or office without worrying about the window coverings. If you have multiple locations like a home, office, or holiday home, you can always be in charge of your window coverings, privacy and security. Our exclusive control app allows you to remotely access your window coverings, know their position, and operate them as if you were there.

We have motorised window covering options that operate through home Automation systems as well as those that can be integrated into third party building management systems – control your blinds, lighting, heating and cooling all within the one control. Life made simple.

Automation is the way of the future and our exclusive innovative systems now make it more affordable than ever before.

For a step-by-step guide on choosing what Automation product suits your lifestyle, download the Automation Brochure, call for assistance or visit your nearest store.

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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. 

Just like fashion brands, interior brands also launch collections throughout the year. How often do you launch a new collection?

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 Pulse Hub. Commercial buildings and businesses can benefit in many ways from a centralised point of control for managing natural light and heat.

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.

Deco Book Progress

The production of each new fabric is highly involved and intricate. What is Warwick Fabrics production process and, on average, how long does each new fabric design take?

No matter what window treatment you decide on for your corner window, Pelmets can be a fabulous way to finish off the look. 

Our Pelmets are custom made and for corner or bay windows we create an Angled Pelmet to perfectly fit your space. Available in both Curtain or Blind fabrics, in bonded or padded styles, these are made to match your window covering for a seamless look.

As well as providing a tailored finish, Pelmets are also an excellent way to improve insulation and eliminate light gaps. 

What do you find challenging when discussing a new fabric with your designers?

Can you mix Plantation Shutters with other window coverings?

The short answer: Yes. 

Plantation Shutters suit a range of interior styles and can be mixed and matched with almost any other type of window covering in your home, including Roller Blinds, Roman Blinds and Curtains.

Often, Plantation Shutters are used in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens, and then softer window treatment are used in main living areas and bedrooms.

It is also possible to mix window coverings on the one window. For example, you may recess fit a Plantation Shutter and then dress the window or wall with a Curtain in front. This is an especially popular window covering solution for bay windows.

For even more information on Plantation Shutters, download the Shutter Brochure or visit your local dollar curtains + blinds store where a friendly team member will assist you. 

What do you love about working with fabrics? Do you have a favourite?

A highly affordable Blind for large windows or doors, Vertical Blinds are made with vertical blades of stiff fabric which can be easily adjusted for control light. Suitable for both home and office.

Just like a Vertical Blind only larger – but in a good way. Consisting of wide vertical blades of fabric Panel Blinds offer a slightly more contemporary look. A highly affordable Blind, they are ideal for large windows or doors.

Tropical Mood Board

Some people new to window furnishings, can feel overwhelmed by the large choice of designer fabrics in a dollar curtains + blinds store and find it difficult to decide on a fabric for their windows. Any tips?

Mood boards are always useful in any design process, as well as Pinterest. Pinterest is the perfect platform to find visual references, so even if you don’t know the words to ask for, you have a clear direction on your visual theme.

Also, do your research on the type of fabric that is suited to the type of finished product you are wanting, whether it features block out or semi sheer qualities, through to if you want traditional Curtains or modern Blinds. The dollar curtains + blinds living magazine is a great starting point. Being prepared can narrow down your search, as well as knowing the terminology to talk to store staff about.

“Fabrics change a room – the only limit is your imagination.”

— Cam Warwick

How do beautiful fabrics change a room or home?

Fabrics can set a mood or tone in a room, or bring together an overall look.

In terms of drapery, it can highlight where you want the eye to settle. It can act as framework for your windows, create privacy or block light completely.

It is so diverse. A soft sheer, for example, can blend and soften hard edges but not overpower a space. If you were to replace that with a hero pattern instead, your Curtains become a feature wall when closed. Fabrics change a room  – the only limit is your imagination.

Floral Curtain Fabric
Blockout Curtains

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