We are exhibiting at Design Central!

We are exhibiting at Design Central!

Next week we are exhibiting at our first ever Interiors show…Design Central!

Design Central has fast become the leading Interiors trade show in the North West and although in the studio we are a bag of nerves, we are extremely excited to be apart of it this year!!

Kate and I keep asking ourselves; “have we done enough?”, “should we be doing this?” and the obvious, “do you think they will love our designs as much as we do?”.  Its a never ending rollercoaster of drama, doubt then the much desired successes!  Most peeps we have come across blog about ‘during’ or ‘after’ the show but after all the labour that as gone into this, we thought we would give you a little insight into what it takes do bring an exhibition space together when (a) you have never exhibited before and (b) haven’t a clue where to start and most importantly (c) dont have ££££’s to thrown on ‘stand furniture’ and believe you me, the costs can definitely stack up!!!!!  As for the overall success, we will let you know the outcome after next week.

When planning our stand, we reverted back to what makes our brand which in essence is history so what better way to display our products than vintage finds upcycled into shelving and other furniture pieces!!  We are also on a mission to be as environmentally friendly as we can so by using recycled pieces to create our stand, we are reducing waste…winner winner!

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After much searching, I found a set of lovely old apple crates and a beautiful old double sided step ladder…the perfect started ingredients for a plan coming together.  Luckily at this time, a good friend of ours who is a property developer, was pulling some old knackered flooring up out of a derelict mill and he very kindly gave us what ever we needed of the timber!  Hey presto we had shelving…dirty, dusty and battered wood to say the least but that is were all the elbow grease (and a lot of power tools!) come into play.


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Of course I roped in my husband and within a matter of days he had engineered the production of several steel frames (thanks to a wonderful man named Bob!) to hang the fabric lengths from plus a very fabulous bar table pedestal which again all it needed was the creation of a gorgeous, rustic table top!  And of course I didn’t want a simple square shaped top….nope, round for me please!  Queue a lot of eye rolling and huffing from the dear husband!  But to give him his dues, the shelving and the table tops look incredible.  Good husband!


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Now that the stand is looking lovely this is what we are going to be showing…30 lengths of our favourite fabrics, all of our wallpapers plus our exciting new collection of accessories which we are officially launching at the show!!!  I’m a little bit giddy with the anticipation as I just LOVE it all.

We have 11 stylish and sumptuous cushions in both linen and velvet which are inspired by some our most popular prints.  We also have 4 beautifully hand made lampshades; 2 traditional with dramatic fringing and bold linings and 2 more modern drum shades.  One of which is really quirky but more on that later.

As well as the interior accessories, we have launched a stunning collection of hand drawn greetings cards.  The collections feature exotic birds, mischievous monkeys, insects and exquisite crowns!  The crowns are a personal favourite as they emphasise that nature in its rawness is equally, if not more than, as beautiful and resplendent as a cut and polished diamond

Come and visit us at Design Central North West at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd October 10am until 4pm…we really would love to see you all! www.designcentraluk.com to register for your FREE tickets.

See you there x

 

Our Printed Linens with exquisite Paints from Fenwick & Tilbrook

Our Printed Linens with exquisite Paints from Fenwick & Tilbrook

Buying British has always been of great importance to us, and that was at the forefront of our minds when selecting producers and manufacturers to work with and that would compliment our printed linens for the production side of our company. Along our journey, we came across a small, independent paint makers in Norfolk, Fenwick & Tilbrook.
We instantly fell in love with their beautiful earthy colour palette and after speaking with Simon Tilbrook, we also felt a connection through their strong core values as we share a similar ethos; that all product offerings should be made to the highest standards possible yet in a sustainable manner. Like us, they have invested a huge amount of time and money researching the best ingredients and carrying out trials to enable them to offer an exceptional product, with strong and stable pigmentation plus the ability to withstand the tests of time.

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Since finding this gem of a company, we have been extremely keen to work with their extensive colour palette as their colours compliment our fabrics beautifully.
We are excited to be trialling their paints in our upcoming photoshoot for our latest collection but in the meantime, we thought we would explore how their colours work with our designs!  We have shown the paints with our popular fabrics Hummingbird Stripe, Cymepaye Toile de Jouy in Blush and English Pheasant Stripe in Charcoal.
Fenwick & Tilbrook make all their paints to order enforcing strict quality control before the paint is delivered fresh to their client the next working day.

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Like us, they also offer a colour matching service so if you cant find exactly what you are looking for, let them know and they will mix it especially…with only a minimum order of 1ltr!

Visit Fenwick and Tilbrook to view their spectacular range and order your sample pots!