This month we have had the joy of working with “House of Hackney” fabrics and helping the designers and owners of Trematon House to get ready for the arrival of their guests with glorious florals for their outdoor furniture.
With the rapid rise of digital printing and a huge range of performance fabrics available, the possibilities are endless.
This beautifully maximalist hotel offers a Cornish retreat just for the summer months. Every room is draped in dreamy fabrics of glorious blooms, sumptuous velvets, wild cat designs and trimmings. I am convinced that paradise exists especially when you add an Indian style swimming pool and ruined castle to the superb, planted gardens, you could start to believe that you are starring in your own fairy tale of magical mystery.
Swimming pool at Trematon Castle in Cornwall
As you know I love a bit of opulence and a tiara, but I also love the way that as soft furnishers we have a duty to preserve, protect and re-use as much of what we work on as possible. I believe the National Trust are fantastic ambassadors for this in the work they do. I feel very lucky to be living in walking distance of Saltram House NT and get to see the preserved interiors of a bygone age of Victorian explorers with grand ideas.
The age may have passed, but the fabrics of today are still inspired by distant travel, Saltram house has a wonderful example of a Chinese room decorated with hand painted Chinese wallpaper. I am sure that these types of treasures have offered inspiration to modern interior designers and I can think of a few fabric collections that could bring the same style to our homes, one of them being the chinoiser or Orientallis from Iliv.
One quality fabric brand that we have been really pleased to use a few times in the past year is Vanessa Arbuthnot. The fabrics have been fun to look at, great to sew with and look fantastic when finished. The toile in this range is so big with several large vignettes that placement of pattern on larger pieces with multiple cushions needs a great deal of consideration.
If like us, you love the latest interior trends then watch out for our mood boards which we will be releasing this summer.
Whatever you are doing this summer, we hope you can throw open your windows and let the curtains billow gently in the breeze whilst you skip in and out of house whilst entertaining family and friends. Lets face it a glass of wine, a soft seat and a friend are the best antidote to all the worries of life beyond the garden.
We sincerely hope that you and those that share your world are enjoying this beautiful British summer discovering your own favourite place. Home.
Until next time, stay comfortable.
I am more than pleased with the final result, the curtains are excellent. The room looks a lot lighter and the garden is more visible.