Friday, 14 February 2014

Indigo Paris February 18-20

It has been rather quiet around here lately as I have been hard at work designing for various projects. Some of my designs will be heading off  next week to Paris Indigo with the lovely Rosie Dekker and her design studio Believe Creative Studio. The studio specializes in children's wear from babies to teens both girls and boys.

I have been lucky enough to work alongside some fabulous designers and we have all had great fun as Rosie is such a pleasure to work with.

Today some of the guest designers have done a special Valentine blog-hop. I was unable to join in as I  have had a poorly son, but all better now!  So please check out their lovely work here. Believe Creative Studio Valentine Bloghop starts here.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Merry Christmas

I just thought I would pop by and post a Christmas Design. I am incredibly busy which can only be a good thing and look forward to posting more news when I have some more time!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Holiday Inspiration

At the end of August our family headed off to the sunny shores of the Cotes d'Azur for our holidays. ( I have to say the weather was extremely good in the UK this year though!) We all had a great time and I decided to put together a fun collection inspired by all the things we love and come across. The sea and sand are a given of course but the children love to hunt for the Gecko's scampering over the walls. I decided not to include the numerous jellyfish that we came across this year though! They also look for treasure on the beach which is the wonderful varying shades of green glass that has been eroded by the sea over time. I really like the umbrella pines that are a backdrop of the beach and the succulents that grow among the pines. There are so many different and fun varieties. My 9 year old daughter also loves the friendship bracelets and I wanted to combined the ethnic style designs into my collection.  I hope you enjoy my inspiration and collection. I had fun designing it.


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Enchanted Forest Collection

There are very exciting times ahead for the UK fabric market with the launch of a new textile design company. Dashwood Studio  David Sweet the creative director intends to bring about a change to the UK quilting and craft market by introducing contemporary collections from British and European designers. David certainly knows a thing or two about this industry having been creative director for several years in America for P&B textiles. America as we know has many successful and big name brands in Bolt Fabrics with lots of these ranges heading to our shores and shops.  David believes that here in Britain, with all the great designers, there was the need for a contemporary British design studio where our retail stores and makers had the opportunity to support British designers.

The craft market has seen a great change over recent years with stylish magazines such as Mollie Makes creative companies such as Quincy Lampshades where you can attend courses to make your own lampshades and beautiful home craft books and ideas by stylist Sania Pell. Now there will also be new and modern fabrics for everyone to be inspired by and create with.

It is even more exciting for me as I was lucky enough to have my Enchanted Forest fabric collection previewed and ready to buy on the open days this weekend. Below is a montage of photographs of the collection that I took on the day.  For anyone interested in purchasing my fabrics please head over to  Dashwood Studio  for details.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Website Launch!

Yesterday I launched my new website. I am sure many of you will agree it is very difficult to decide how best to present your style to the whole world! I have always been drawn to fashion, having a degree from Central St Martins College of Art, it would be very difficult not to. I became wrapped up in a wonderful and often bizarre world of design.

I love the styling in fashion photography and think the colour combinations and creativity in the work of Javier Vallhonrat is stunning.  I then went on to design interiors and funnily enough my work became quite minimal but I would always sneak in a strong fashion inspired colour palette. So who am I today? well I realise I am a combination of my past design endeavors.  I love bohemian florals with contemporary design and I am drawn to very specific colour palettes.  Dark and rich background colours lavished with florals and patterns.

It was wonderful to have so much support from fellow designers for my website launch yesterday, it meant such a lot to have their approval. If any agents happen to look at my blog or website, and you like what you see please get in touch.  The next step for me is to take my collections and turn them into products, very exciting times ahead! For those of you who haven't seen my website please take a look.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Interior Thoughts - Wallpaper in Kitchens

I am very good at thinking and compiling ideas and not very good at sharing any of my thoughts and inspirations so end up not putting anything on my blog.  I have decided to change this and as well as showing my ongoing surface pattern designs.  I will try and show the things that inspire me particularly in Interiors.  Having been an Interior Designer for so long I would now like to share how I see pattern and colour. I love wallpaper and how the impact of using a design can change an interior dramatically.  My favourite places to use wallpaper are hallways and kitchens, not the typical places but I just love the way glimpses of different colours and patterns from room to room can really change the ambience of a home.

The following image featured in an on-line magazine creates a really dramatic and glamorous feel to an understated kitchen.  I love the fact by using a beautiful wallpaper you can transform a home.

Here are a few of my favourite wallpapers including the above that I would use within the kitchen to achieve a similar effect to the photograph above. Although there are now wallpapers specifically designed for kitchen use I have not had problems using any type of wallpaper as long as careful consideration is given to how it is used.

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I do love the use of grey and black for a dramatic and luxurious effect, although personally I prefer the following image as I love the combination of the feminine colours in the wallpaper with the contemporary interior and kitchen. This stunning image and wallpaper can be found at Fromental

 I love the combination of a contemporary kitchen with floral wallpapers for a sophisticated bohemian style. This is the style that I am personally drawn to and one I am trying to achieve in my own surface pattern designs. Following  is a mood board to show the colours and wallpaper I would use in one of my favourite Plain English kitchens.

Images [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

A selection of alternative wallpaper ideas.

Images from left to right [1] [2] [3]  [4]

I am currently working on some designs that I would love to use as wallpapers in the same way as above and will share them here on my blog in the near future.

Thursday, 23 August 2012


Have still been hard at work designing for Indigo, but just wanted to mention that my mini interview was featured in Believe Creative Studio blog in early August.
For those of you who missed it here is the link Mini Interview