Classic Blue and White

I’m really enjoying these crisp blue skies, and it got me thinking about blue and white schemes in the home. It’s a timeless combination that never fails to create fresh and elegant interiors.

Here we’ve used our new Clematis design in this classic combination, it’s uplifting, calm and dreamy.
There are so many shades of blue and white, a warmer blue will give you a more gentle and traditional feel, while cooler hues will feel crisp and modern.
Use the darkest shade from your chosen blue to add definition and the softer tints in the rest of the room, this will create a welcoming harmony.

I’ve put together this board to show you some of our pretty blue fabrics. They’re all on the website, so happy browsing!

Melbury Lane – our new collection

It’s been a busy time in the studio finalising our new collection called Melbury Lane.

Introducing one new fabric is a big undertaking for a small business, but introducing a collection can be quite daunting. Each new pattern must work on its own and also fit with the other fabrics. All my patterns are hand painted before being converted to digital files. Once they are digital, I spend a lot of time trying out new colours and colour combinations before they are ready for production. It’s difficult to know when to stop adding new colours or patterns, the desire to keep adding is huge! The process of launching a new collection from start to finish takes about 6 months to a year. There’re always a few challenges along the way, but it’s exciting seeing the finished fabrics emerge all that time after the initial sketches!

We hope you will be as excited as we are!

Summer Shades

In celebration of Summer, I’ve collated this pretty palette of pinks, greens, blues and whites. This palette is gorgeous, and for those of you who know me well, will know it’s one of my favourites.
I’m constantly inspired by the effortless combinations in nature; uplifting summer skies with wild flower meadows work together to make a joyous combination.

Here I’ve used our Wisteria sky as the lead design and mixed it with smaller scale designs to add interest. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different patterns in the same room, it’s unlikely they will be right next to each other and choosing a different scale adds interest. You might have noticed that I have sneaked in a new pinstripe fabric in the photo. This will soon be available in several colourways and I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile enjoy this lovely weather!

Bespoke colours

If you are looking for a bespoke colour to match your decorating scheme, we are very happy to do that for you.

Here in the studio, we’re able to tweak any of our fabrics to match your decorating scheme or paint choice. This photo shows a recent project where the background of our popular Wisteria fabric has been adjusted to match the paint. We need a good size sample of your chosen colour, I usually pop out and buy a match pot if we’re matching to a paint. The studio will spend time adjusting the colour and when we think we’ve got a good match, we print a fabric sample for you to approve.

Our wisteria design is very appropriate on this project because the customer has a wisteria just coming into flower growing round all three windows to be dressed! I love the idea of Wisteria inside and out!

We charge an affordable one-off fee, which covers our studio time and fabric sampling for one colour change (normally the background). If you’ve looked everywhere and you can’t quite find the right colour, this could be the answer. Please contact the studio for more information – we love anything a bit different!

Finalist in the BITA Awards 2018

BITA is the voice of British Interiors & Textiles and aims to inform, support and promote all aspects of the Interiors & Textiles Industry.  As an organisation, BITA promotes all areas of the British Textiles and Interiors industry and helps to represent our work and products throughout the UK and abroad.

Launched in 2017, the BITA Awards celebrate excellence, originality and hard work across the sector.

I am so excited to have been nominated as a finalist in the Best Fabric Brand category for 2018.

Finalists and winners are chosen by their peers from across the interiors and textiles industry here in the UK, which is a great accolade.  I understand that there have been a huge number of nominations this year, so I feel very proud to be in the finals.

The finals will take place later in the year at a Summer Garden Party…..so fingers crossed.

Along with the votes themselves, BITA members and customers have given feedback about the company and my fabrics – here are some of the generous comments:

“So lovely to receive a personal message.”

“Love the softness of your colours – beautiful.”

“Thank you very much for being so attentive”

“Can’t thank Jacqueline Milton enough for her help, the fabric was recoloured and printed railroaded specifically for our project.”

Somerset Lavender

When we think of lavender, we often think of the purple fields stretching into the distance in Provence. But lavender is grown commercially in this country too and the lavender we use for our lavender bags is grown locally in Somerset. That’s the bit that I find particularly exciting!

Talking to the local growers, I learned so much about this wonderful herb.

There are lots of different varieties of lavender, some are used for culinary purposes and other varieties are better suited for beauty products and fragrance. Because of its versatility, lavender is a hugely popular plant. I love growing it because it attracts the bees and butterflies; in fact, our path can be quite noisy with the sound of buzzing in the summer!

This ancient herb was used as far back as the Greek and Roman times to scent the bathwater and its name derives from the Latin word lavare, meaning to wash. Over the centuries it’s been grown in gardens for its many uses around the home.

Lately it’s seen a revival in the culinary world and there are lots of delicious recipes to explore (something for a future post).

Lavender’s medicinal properties are well known but I was surprised at how many different remedies it can be used for. The flower has been infused as a tea to soothe headaches, calm nerves, ease flatulence, dizziness and halitosis. Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. The essential oil has antiseptic properties and can be used on insect bites and stings. Blended for use as a massage oil in aromatherapy, it can be used for throat infections, skin sores, inflammation, rheumatic aches, anxiety, insomnia and depression. In fact, the list goes on!

Around the house the dried flowers are loved for their insect repellent properties and long-lasting fragrance.

Used for centuries, I can see why lavender remains such a popular garden plant, from cottages to stately homes; it should be in every enthusiast’s garden.

My photo shoot in Devon

The idea behind the photo shoot is to showcase a selection of our designs enabling you to visualise our fabrics in your home. A huge amount of pre-planning goes into the day, to try and create homely scenes with ornaments and everyday objects.

To make it easier on the day, I draw up a visual plan of the scenes. This is useful for reference on the day of the shoot and also for creating a list of items that will be needed for the photo. For example a bedroom photo will need bedding, cushions, lampshades, throws, flowers…….the list goes on. In fact, it is like moving house!

The day has arrived and I’m getting quite excited as we drive down the windy Devon lanes; we eventually pull up outside ‘Susie’s House’, a lovely old farmhouse. It’s so charming with oodles of features including a fabulous stone spiral staircase; every corner is a photo opportunity, but I have to remember we’re here to soot my fabrics.

Armed with cushions, fabric and all manner of props, we take over this delightful home!

Once all the items are in place Deborah Schenck gets to work with her lighting and makes final tweaks to the display. What looks good to the onlooker, doesn’t always work as a photo. Deborah is our fabulous photographer for the day and such fun to work with.  She is patient, enthusiastic and bursting with ideas; far too many to cram into one day! My role throughout the day is to change the scenes, make cups of tea and anything else that’s needed.

I’m delighted with the results and I hope you enjoy spotting some new photos across my website.

Here’s a little peek behind the scenes…

October Interiors

The October Interiors Show is just around the corner and I’m hugely excited to be exhibiting alongside many leading brands and artisan crafters.

The show is hosted by the Curtain and Blind Makers Friendly Forum (CABMFF) and held at the world-famous Cheltenham Racecourse.

If you’re a fabric and interiors professional, this is one for the diary. Click here to pre-register.

We look forward to showing you the full collection along with a couple of new additions for the autumn.

Open from 10am – 4.30pm with unlimited free parking. Cheltenham Racecourse, The Hall of Fame, Cheltenham GL50 4SH.

Coming Soon

The first samples of our NEW design, Maxine, are here in the studio and we thought you might like to see what’s coming…..

 

The inspiration for Maxine is an obvious one, the roses in our garden have been absolutely fabulous this year and if you follow our social media sites, you will have seen lots of floral imagery through the changing seasons.

Choosing colours is a difficult process because the possibilities are endless. We’ve settled on 2 colour shades – faded red on natural stone linen and blue on oyster linen.

Maxine Mid Blue

Other new additions for autumn will be 4 new colours to our popular Mollie fabric. These will mix and match with our existing fabrics and of course our new Maxine collection.

 

Our new fabrics will be available in October but you might like to sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know.

Shades of Blue and Cream

A timeless combination that never fails to create fresh and elegant interiors, it remains one of the most popular combinations in interior design. Blue surrounds us; sky, water, flowers, and we feel comfortable with it.

Mixing blues and cream gives a clean, cool look, perfect for these warm sunny days. Keep it calm with chalky blues, and for something a little different bring in other pastel shades such as pink and green. Soft shades can be used in abundance without clashing and they will give the scheme depth and interest. In fact they can be treated a little like neutrals and work well layered up.

Choose a pretty floral fabric and accessorise using the accent colours in the print to pull the scheme together. Try mixing different textured fabrics such as linens and velvet. Modern furniture will keep this scheme up to date whilst painted wooden furniture will give this look a more traditional feel. If this is all too calm for you add accent colours in stronger tonal shades.

There are so many exciting ceramics around at the moment, go for a selection of shapes and sizes and dot them around the room to complete the look.

Have fun and enjoy the summer!