How to create a luxurious hotel-feeling in your own bedroom

Calico has had worked on its fair share of designing hotel rooms, and we know that sometimes people want to replicate that luxurious hotel experience at home. So we’ve compiled a few tips to help you create that comfort in your bedroom.

  1. The bed

The best part of a hotel room is the bed. It’s designed to be the focal point of the room, and you know it’s so comfy that you instantly flop down on to it as soon as you open the door. To recreate this feeling at home, start with fresh sheets and thick blankets, topped with plush cushions and bed throws. When it comes to replicating the style of a hotel room itself, there are many styles that hotel rooms usually have, such as oversized headboards and large sizes.

2. Window treatments

The most important thing here is that the fabric matches the bedding. Hotel rooms ensure that you have a good night’s sleep when you stay, and so the curtains are usually blackout, which you can also have in your home.

3. A place for everything

In a hotel room, there is a space for everything, whether it be a somewhere to read, get ready in the morning or even for your cup of coffee. Therefore, you should decide what you will be using the bedroom for, other than sleeping, and design the room accordingly. A mirror, a writing desk, a large, comfy chair, having access to items like these in your bedroom will add to the hotel-like feeling, as everything you need is all in one room.

4. Lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role when furnishing hotel rooms, as they create the right ambience thus creating the right atmosphere. Try placing table lamps either side of the bed for reading light, as well as one near your vanity mirror for a touch of glamour. Don’t forget to use decorative light shades that draw attention, as the fanciest hotels often use the more extravagant lighting!

5. Finishing touches

It’s not just the furniture that creates a luxurious hotel feeling. A fluffy blanket thrown over a chair, a soft rug, an intricate tray to balance your coffee cups on when having breakfast in bed. All these accessories help make up an opulent atmosphere. These touches emphasise the furniture you have, creating a homely feeling so that you’ll feel welcome in your bedroom. Add in your personal items, such as photographs, books, and makeup, and you’ll soon find that you have a luxurious bedroom that you will never want to leave.

Header image: Holmewood Hall by Calico Interiors

Birmingham Nec Spring Fair 2019

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Image by Calico Interiors

Our second event of the year took place last week, as a few members of our team visited the Spring Fair at Birmingham NEC, a trade show that encompasses fifteen sectors that present an array of products and launches, inspiring for all who attend. Keep reading to see what they discovered.

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Image by Calico Interiors

One of the displays was by Fifty Five South, a furniture company whose exhibition included a beautifully laid table featuring gold cutlery, amongst other accents, and touches of blue throughout. Fifty Five South produce opulent furniture that creates a luxury feel to any room. Their display was set out against a soft backdrop by Farrow and Ball.

Coach House was a display that stood out for the team. Furniture and accessories such as flowers, cushions, mirrors, clocks and designer sofas were featured at this stall; they even had a Christmas display as well! They presented their products in an experimental way that drew visitors in. Coach House is a Northern business which grew from a small bric-and-brac business that was located in a barn attached to a little pub. Their display certainly shows how far they have come!

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Image by Calico Interiors

One of the most beautiful displays there was by ForalSilk Flowers. Full of country cottage inspiration, a floral office and Christmas decorations, it took visitors’ breath away. They also featured floral dining displays featuring a range of flowers that climbed the walls and scattered the tables. Their ‘Christmas luxury’ was pink themed with hints of glitter that reflected beautifully in the light. The flowers poking out from the leaves of the Christmas tree reminded us of our tree flowers last year! FloralSilk is a family-run business who specialise in commercial projects.

The Spring Fair provided our team with a look at upcoming trends (Christmas included!) and plenty of inspiration, a great start to the year. Calico has lots of exciting projects coming up within the next few months, and the two events that we have attended so far has left us bursting with ideas.

For more of what we saw, check out the slideshow below.

Spring 2019: The latest Osborne & Little collections

New year, new collections. Osborne & Little have recently released a range of collections ready for Spring 2019, and here at Calico, we love them. Seven collections have been released, featuring many prints and patterns that are just stunning.

‘Magnolia Frieze’ from  Folium,  taken at  Maison & Objet 2019  by Calico Interiors

‘Magnolia Frieze’ from Folium, taken at Maison & Objet 2019 by Calico Interiors

The first collection on this list is Folium, a wallpaper range offering decorative floral designs that are oversized, a trending theme for this season. A particular favourite is ‘Green Wall,’ a design that replicates a cluster of green foliage, contrasted by either red and purple leaves or paler greenery, depending on your chosen colourway. This contemporary wallpaper creates a dark atmosphere that would look sophisticated in any room.

Another highlight from this collection is ‘Animal Glade,’ a beautiful design of exotic animals set against a background of trees and pastel skies. This design creates one whole image that would be perfect for a feature wallpaper.

‘ Impromptu ’ by Osborne and Little

Impromptu’ by Osborne and Little

O&L’s next collection is Intermezzo Silks, a range designed specifically for curtains. Available in five designs, each with their variety of colourways, these fabrics are named after musical terms and are made up of silk combined with other materials. Overall, the colour palette for this range is neutral, especially when compared to the first collection. ‘Sinfonia’ stands out for us; it’s such a simple and lovely fabric, featuring contrasting dots that are reminiscent of an abstract painting.

Memphis contradicts both of these collections completely. Designed by Margo Selby, these designs were inspired by 1960’s Motown and Memphis and feature a distinctive colour palette that’s full of fuschias, cherry tones, and citrus shades. The fabrics are comprised of a variety of wools and velvets. ‘Motown’ is a geometric print that includes contrasting circles, squares, and triangles, and truly captures the essence of the '60s.

‘ Arlington’  by Osborne & Little

Arlington’ by Osborne & Little

We’re halfway through the collections now, and the first of the final three is Albermarle, inspired by the streets and attractions of Mayfair. This range is made up of tailored woven fabrics with colours of aqua, coral, turquoise and navy, plus a few check designs. It’s ideal for upholstery, cushions and even textured headboards.

The next range from O&L is Taza, a Moroccan-inspired collection as well as plain fabric to accompany the vibrant prints. Taza is a city in the north of Morocco, located in a mountain pass, and this location is reflected in these designs. A favourite of ours is ‘Temara,’ an exuberant set of roundels based on a background of linen.

‘Rosina’  by Osborne & Little

‘Rosina’ by Osborne & Little

The last collection (but certainly not least) is Ariadne Velvets, a fantastic range in which opera characters lend their names to the fabrics. This range is opulent and uses silver as the key colourway, plus shades of royal blue and emerald, reflecting the richness of the velvets. ‘Poppea’ is one of our favourites, as it is based on typical ceramic patterns and named after the lead role of L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi, an Italian opera first performed in 1642.

Here at Calico, we love these collections. They are all different and stunning in their own right and offer you the ultimate versatility for your home.

Maison & Objet Paris 2019

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Image by Calico Interiors

The first of many exciting things happening this year was our trip to Maison & Object Paris, a major interior design event that features everything interior-related, from accessories, furniture, textiles, kids’ furnishings, and more, all displayed in a 360-degree style. It’s exclusive to trade and professionals, and also exhibits fashion as well.

A few members of our team attended this event last week; keep reading to find out what they discovered.

The centrepiece of the trade show was the range of lanterns that hung above visitors, displaying the names of the exhibitioners, such as Aldeco Fabrics and Kvadrat. If you search Maison & Objet, these will be the first things to come up, they were so beautiful, and even though they weren’t an exhibition themselves, they were one of the talking points.

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Image by Calico Interiors

One of the displays that caught the team’s attention was PMP Furniture. Their stall focuses on furniture that is ‘naturally different,’ and the exhibit was large and full of a range of seating and tables, perfect for lounging around after much walking! PMP Furniture is based in Poland and has customers all over the world.

Other exhibitioners included Designers Guild, Elle, Clarke & Clarke, and Osborne & Little.

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Image by Calico Interiors

Another fantastic display was Jacques Flamant, an interior company from Belgium whose mission is to create the essence of home, creating products that produce a cosy and inviting atmosphere. Their display featured straw hats hanging above exquisite table setting, plus a range of furniture, lighting and interior decorations.

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Image by Calico Interiors

Probably one of the most memorable exhibitions was by Silk-Ka, an artificial flower company from the Netherlands. Flowers and plants were scattered throughout the display, creating beautiful green imagery that drew in anyone coming that way, accompanied by a sophisticated-looking bar. It was one of the most breathtaking stalls at the show.

There was so much to see at Maison & Objet, and our team left feeling inspired and excited to see the collections that will be released throughout the year.

Below are the rest of the photos that our team took at the event.

5 Interior Trends for 2019

Happy new year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year, and that you’re all ready to tackle the year ahead. If switching up your house is on your to-do list, then you’ve come to the right place. January collections are being released, and new pattern books are making their way into our showroom, and our January sale is now on. So, we’ve compiled a short list of just some of the interior trends that we predict to be huge in 2019.

  1. Mixed metals

    One recent trend was rose gold, but that is now taking a step back for more metallic touches. Metal accents add a touch of glamour to a room, creating a more luxurious feel. Brass, gold, nickel, and copper are set to be the big ones, as they add warm and subtle touches that aren’t too out there. Many are opting to mix the metals together, like silver and brass or copper and gold, all of which really make a statement.

  2. Geometric Patterns

    A trend that just isn’t going anywhere. A contemporary twist to any home, geometric shapes tie in with the minimalist style due to its aesthetic symmetry and simplicity. The only difference for this year is that these patterns are turning dramatic. Trailing on from the oversized floral trend of last year, geometric designs will feature bolder colours and larger prints, making them the focus of an interior. Romo’s rug collection is a good example of this, and a perfect starting point if you’re a little hesitant to incorporate huge geometric designs.

  3. Green

    Green is expected to be one of the most popular colours this year, and it’s not hard to see why. With people now wanting to create bold designs for their homes, as opposed to the light, fresh schemes of last year, while still keeping a timeless and sophisticated look. Moodier hues are what people are after, as it makes a great alternative to matte black, as it’s not as harsh. Green accents in a room can add a luxurious touch, such as green cushions, throws, and rugs. Feature walls incorporating these green tones are popular as well, we recommend Cole and Son’s Botanical Botanica collection if this is the look you’re after.

  4. Sustainable

    Almost every other headline we have seen this year has been about creating a more eco-friendly way of living, and this is transferable to your home too. This trend incorporates more natural materials such as wood, stone, and wool. This is an easy way to add some texture to your home and helps you create an organic and relaxed environment. Bringing the outside in is still a popular trend from last year, and this can be easily combined with the sustainable trend. ‘Cactus arrangements’ was one of the most popular interior design searches towards the end of last year, suggesting that the millennial trend of greenery is on the rise for the new year.

  5. Vintage Furniture

    Following on from sustainability, vintage furniture is making a comeback. People are looking for alternative ways to decorate their home and are trying to redecorate without creating too much waste. Many old designs are making a return this year, and people are combining them with contemporary prints to create a unique look. Warm hues are one of the popular choices, which ties in nicely with this season’s darker tones.

Header image by Cole and Son.

Recently completed: cinema room

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

We shared this project on social media towards the end of November, and it’s safe to say that quite a few of you were impressed. So we thought we’d give a bit more of an insight into what we did.

This project was part of a residential house in Ellwood that we worked on, including the kitchen, bedroom and sitting room. The client supplied the chairs for this room.

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

We created fabric deep double pinch pleat curtains using Osborne & Little’s Anglesey collection, which were fully black out lined. We then installed a pelmet, above the curtains, that was fixed to the ceiling, and in the same fabric. This was followed by a corded Silent Gliss track underneath, ready for the blackout roller blind. This was an electric blind that was connected by Inside Out. The wires were hidden behind the panels. The cinema and accompanying electrics were also installed by Inside Out, with whom we partner with when it comes to home cinemas.

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

The speaker panels were installed, and we added a lightbox with Kobe Cousta fabric, which covered the speakers themselves. This fabric is sheer and honey-coloured. The range features leather-like weaves that create a contemporary look, perfect for a home cinema. We added acoustic treatment and soundproofing along with the wall panels. The wall panelling was created with Designers Guild's Nevada collection, and foam was fitted and stapled with heavy duty velcro underneath.

This cinema room was an exciting project to work on, as we have worked on the rest of the house, so seeing this room come alive was incredible. Every cinema room that we work on is a memorable task in itself, and this was no exception.

What a year...

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Image by Calico Interiors

Christmas and New Years are approaching, and we’re deep in many, many projects as we try to finalise everything ready for 2019. So, in between the running around, the fittings, the stitching and the 394723 cups of coffee that are currently being consumed, we’ve been reflecting on this whirlwind of a year. There has been plenty of new ranges released, projects of all sizes, and a few milestones that we’ve hit. We’ve been nothing but busy – no different to any other year! But we’ve loved seeing our designs come to life and hearing the incredible feedback from our customers.

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

The biggest project we completed this year was Carbis Bay Beach Lodges. We made and installed the window treatments and soft furnishings for all eight lodges, which are situated right on the beach. The window treatments included pencil pleat curtains, black-out lined and hung on Silent Gliss tracks, and motorised blinds for a roof window. Furthermore, headboards and window seats were created to match the soft furnishings and bed throws that we supplied.

Read more on this here.

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Another project that stood out for us is the Treehouses for the Fish Hotel. These treehouses offer a unique form of accommodation that blend the joys of camping in the woods with the luxuries of a boutique hotel. We designed the window treatments and soft furnishings, including the seat and back cushions for the bespoke L-shaped sofa.

Find out more here.

Our commercial projects aren’t the only jobs that we are proud of. We completed many renovations for residential interiors as well, including this cinema room, Scandi-style sitting room, and this house in Coleford.

One of our biggest retail jobs was this Georgian townhouse, in which we supplied the furniture, lighting and created the soft furnishings for this bold, contemporary home. We also fashioned a range of window treatments, including pelmets and blinds. We worked on most of the rooms in the house, creating a beautiful home featuring floral prints and sumptuous fabrics - it was undoubtedly a unique and rememberable project.

We work on many homes throughout the year, and if you’d like to stay up to date with our projects, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

We’ve also furthered our work with our partner business, The Clubhouse, Sling. After we assisted with its re-branding, we’ve continued with our redevelopment by adding a children’s playroom, using murals by Villa Nova Picturebook, football changing rooms and a room for Pilates. We are making this into the ideal community hub for the village and a meeting point for many activities that anyone can join.

It isn’t just our projects that serve as a highlight for us. In September, our new website was launched, featuring our portfolio, this blog and some of our testimonials. We also added a Christmas page this month, featuring gift ideas and tree accessories. We worked with Dapper Designs to create the perfect website to show off our business, and judging by the feedback we’ve done just that. As of the day this blog was written, our portfolio is our most popular page, meaning that our clients are intrigued by what we’ve done and hopefully love our work as much as we do. More will be added as we continue through our projects, so you don’t miss out on anything exciting.

Big thanks to Dapper Designs for working with us.

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

2018 was also an exciting year in terms of our fabric suppliers, as many stunning collections were introduced. One of our favourites was Romo Rugs, Romo’s first rug collection. This consisted of beautiful rugs made with some of their most popular designs. The range included a mix of either hand tufted or flat weaves, and come in different sizes. The samples are available from our showroom, and are perfect for those wanting a contemporary feature in their home.

Check out our blog post on the range here.

Villa Nova’s Picturebook was also a highlight, as you probably already know. This whimsical range was a big hit in the interior world, full of animals and vibrant landscapes. Villa Nova worked with three illustrators to design the prints for this collection, creating lots of cute animals and detailed, intricate scenes. Complete with wall stickers and fun accessories, this collection will add a bright and playful addition to your home.

For more information on this range, click here.

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

A few of our designers also attended Decorex and Design Centre this year, based in London. This is one of the most significant interior design events of the year, featuring major brands and suppliers, including Osborne & Little, Colefax & Fowler and Designers Guild. Our designers saw the latest trends that were on display, found inspiration amongst the beautiful stands and previews of ranges that were soon to be released.

If you would like to know more of what they saw, take a look here.

Finally, we saw the development of our new home – the Lambsquay. We revealed this year that we are relocating there next year, and, even though there is still lots to do, we are very excited to see what it will look like once it’s finished. If you are yet to see our current showroom, take a look at here if you’d like a sneak peak.

So many things have happened this past year, and there is much more to come. We are always busy here at Calico; no one has any idea what project they will be working on next. And so, we want to thank all who have supported us over the years, our customers, our suppliers, and every member of our staff for working their hardest to ensure that our projects are completed to the highest standard.

We hope you all have a spectacular Christmas, and a happy new year.

Decorating your Christmas tree

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

Many of us already have an idea of what they want their Christmas tree to look like. It could be that all decorations are under one colour scheme, or you’re using the baubles that you’ve been collecting over the years, creating a personal and homely effect. However, for those who are wanting to change things up this year, here are a few ideas that we think you’ll love.

  1. White and frosty

This is the theme of our tree this year. A basic white colour creates more of a statement look in your home. It can appear as more glam and contemporary, and you don’t necessarily need a white tree or one with frosted tips to pull it off.

To start, focus on the lights. The advantage of using crisp colours like this is that it’s pretty easy to match. Cool lights are a go-to, but, for a pop of colour, we recommend using warm lights, such as gold or even blue ones, which is also a popular option. It takes away from the harshness of the white design and will help draw attention to the tree. Gold lighting will also emphasise the greenery. Blue, on the other hand, will add to that cold, frosty feeling that, combined with rich and cosy textures throughout the rest of your home, can create maximum comfort.

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Image by Calico Interiors

Now, for the baubles. Silvers, whites, and pale greys are ideal for this style of tree. We recommend adding a mix of textures when you can, such as wooden and glass decorations. We have lovely clear baubles for sale in our showroom if you’re interested. Blues and purples can also be thrown in for a dash of colour. Choosing baubles that have coloured accents is another way of incorporating a range of colours and textures, like our feathered baubles that are hanging up on our tree. Not one for traditional shapes? We have silver glittery apple baubles from Parlane if you’re looking for something different.

If you want something out of the box, try poking in some fake flowers, as we’ve done with our tree. They add some contrasting textures to the tree itself and helps bring the outside in.

2. Warm and gold

Gold screams warmth and festivity and is a timeless colour for a Christmas tree. It can give your home a somewhat regal look that will glow in your room, and provides the perfect opportunity to add some glitter! Gold fairy lights are ideal for this look, without it becoming too overpowering. Just keep the greenery emphasised if you’re still unsure.

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Image by Calico Interiors

Regarding decorations, you can stick to gold tones, or even throw a few red ones in there. Ginger colour (or even homemade gingerbread!) also works, as do wooden decorations. We have a collection of bronze-speckled baubles for sale as well. This colour palette gives you the opportunity to incorporate stars, pine cones, and red berries, especially if you want more of a traditional look. We have quite a collection of stars in our showroom, and not just for the tree. Got some gold ribbon? Add some bright bows to finish the look.

Our see-through baubles work just as well for this style, and we also have glittery hearts if you want to go for a more playful, laid-back look.

3. Nice and simple

If you’ve fallen in love with this year’s minimalist trend, you can easily create this look for your tree. This involves embracing your tree and letting it do the talking, adding only a small amount of the simplest decorations for an understated yet classic look. Stick with traditional pine forest trees or ones that are denser; frosted-tip trees don’t suit this theme as much.

Start with twinkly gold or white lights that aren’t too flashy or in your face, and entwine them gently amongst the branches. Some people stop there and leave it be, but if you feel that this is too simple, then keep reading.

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Image by Calico Interiors

Neutral ornaments, such as pale greys, light bronze, clear and silvers work well here. You can even add a few glittery ones that would look beautiful when the lights reflect on them. We have many neutral-coloured accessories that could work here, such as our small white birds, which would stand out against the green pine tree. Or, an alternative would be to skip the baubles and scatter a few bows across the tree, for a look that is both regal and minimalist. The advantage of having a simple tree is that you can use whatever colour ribbon you’d like. We think that red bows would make a stunning contrast with the greenery.

We’d love to see how you’ve decorated your Christmas trees this year. Tag us in your photos on social media and we may even give you a mention! If you’d like to see more of our Christmas stock, click here or come pay us a visit.

Ways to use up fabric remnants

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Image by Calico Interiors

We announced yesterday on our social media platforms that we now have an extremely large range of fabric remnants for sale. But, for those thinking, What on earth would I want scraps of fabric for? here are a few ideas if you’re feeling crafty.

  1. Pouches

    This versatile little pouch can be used for make up, keys, money, or even project supplies. This one includes a zip, but you could use buttons, poppers, whatever you like!

  2. Blankets/Throws

    Perfect for this season. Wrap up warm in your own personalised blanket or throw, made by you. You could make little patchwork quilts for the little ones, like this one, or a festive-themed throw, or a brightly patterned blanket that will stand out in your bedroom.

  3. Bookmarks

    These are so simple and doable, and could make the perfect stocking filler for bookworms (those guys love bookmarks!).

  4. Notebook Covers

    Kinda goes with the bookmarks, but these cute notebook cover make cheap, personalised and cute little presents for your family and friends. You can even use notebooks or sketchbooks to suit their needs. Everyone needs a notepad at some point, so you know that it’s a gift that won’t be gathering dust. Here’s an example.

  5. Heating Pads

    Ideal for this miserable weather. These pads can be thrown into the microwave and serve as mini hot water bottles. They’re small enough to fit in your bags, so you can warm your fingers on the commute to work, and they’re the perfect size for the little ones.

  6. Pillowcases

    Everyone needs a pillowcase. Not only do they provide comfort, they also add a finishing touch to any room. These would be great if you have family staying round for Christmas - just imagine a guest room with personalised pillows. Take a look here.

  7. Key rings

    These adorable little gifts make really good stocking fillers, for all ages. Another opportunity to create a personal gift. These are probably the cutest things ever.

  8. Cup Sleeves

    Coffee cups burning your fingers? Flask too hot to carry? These cup sleeves are the perfect solution. Why settle for a cardboard Starbucks one when you could have a decorative one that’s softer on the hands?

  9. Camera Straps

    Add a bit of comfort to your camera strap. The perfect gift for photographers. Click here to see how.

  10. Passport Holders

    Again, a gift that can suit anyone. Handing over a custom-made passport holder will certainly put a smile on people’s faces, and you’re sure to feel proud of yourself for making such a lovely item. See here.

There are so many things you can do with fabric remnants, but we’re going to stop at ten. Hopefully you now feel inspired to get crafty this Christmas, whether it be for your family, friends, or even yourself.

We are selling our fabric remnants for £5 per metre, and we have a huge range. Come visit our showroom to find out more.

We found these crafts on Pinterest. If you want to see more of our showroom and recent projects, give us a follow.

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Image by Calico Interiors

Our favourite Christmas interior trends 2018

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Image by Calico Interiors

It’s December, which can only mean one thing: the countdown to Christmas has begun! We’re extremely excited here at Calico. Our Christmas stock is here, we’ve planned our Christmas party and our Secret Santa. And so, now that we’re all in the festive spirit (even you Scrooges out there – it’s December now, you have no choice!), we’ve rounded up our favourite Christmas trends of this year, hoping to give you some inspiration when decorating your home.

1.       Natural incorporation

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Carrying on from the popular autumn trend, nature is a stunning trend this Christmas. From wreaths and pine branches to berries and holly, adding greenery to your home is easy. There is such a range to choose from, and the green hues helps to create a warm atmosphere. It’s an ideal trend for those whose tree doesn’t provide enough foliage, and those who love a rustic look. You can also top with fake snow to add a magic touch. We love these wreaths from Parlane, they come with a bit of sparkle for some added glamour. Available from our showroom.

2.       Animals

Continuing from above, animals are another way to bring the outside in. While traditional seasonal characters remain popular, such as deer and stags, more quirky animals are making their way into the spotlight. Penguins, dogs and unicorns feature a lot in homes now, especially on bedding. It’s a fun way to bring Christmas in for the kids, as they will surely love spotting their favourite animals in their homes.

3.       Classic colour schemes

A classic Christmas scheme never goes out of style. Red and gold appears to be the most popular choice, as it is elegant and can work for any room in the house. Red tablecloths with gold tableware work wonders when sitting down for your Christmas dinner, or even red and gold bedding (Christmas bedding is becoming increasingly popular nowadays) complete with statement pillows. This can also cooperate with the green elements, like the red berries of holly plants. Finish the look with some red ribbon wrapped around your Christmas presents and you have yourself a beautiful Christmas interior.

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

Another classic colour palette is white and silver. These crisp colours create a fresh Christmas aesthetic that is whimsical and enchanting. This scheme usually includes elements of glitter, which can create that magical atmosphere. You can even add dashes of deep blue, via your baubles, cushions and fairy lights. Candles are great with this look too, as the orange lighting that emanates from them contrasts the cool atmosphere. We have some exquisite silver pieces amongst our Christmas stock, including stars and candles.

4.       Ambient lighting

We are living in an era of fairy lights. They are everywhere nowadays, you can’t scroll through Pinterest or Instagram without seeing at least one set. It all stems from the idea of comfort, low lighting creates a more relaxed atmosphere. They can be wrapped around tinsel, strung up on your tree or placed in mason jars for a bit of DIY. But fairy lights are not the only option. Candles can be just as good, with the added benefit of a little bit of warmth. Warm lighting is now more popular than cold, white lights, again, because of comfort, especially during these colder months. Many Christmas decorations feature small amber lights installed, so you can scatter them about your home, using as many as you like. In our showroom, we have Christmas tree-shaped lights that are battery powered and are small enough to fit in anywhere.

5.       Stars, stars and more stars

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Image by Calico Interiors

Stars are one of the main shapes that are associated with Christmas. They’re everywhere at this time of year – on top of the trees, snowflakes, in the night sky that is now appearing a lot earlier. They are a simple way of incorporating those gold or white lights or can act as statement pieces on your mantelpiece. What can make starry decorations extra special is the added glitter and the materials often used means that when the light shines on them, they reflect it beautifully, really making them shine. There are plenty of stars dotted about our showroom, such as the glittery ones from Parlane.

Christmas interiors are the best kind of interiors in our opinion. Putting them up while singing along to the Christmas songs is one of the best ways to get you in the mood, and it’s incredible seeing how much effort goes into creating a festive home. If you love how Christmas-y your home looks, tag us in your photos so we can see!

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A Scandinavian sitting room for a residential interior

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One of our recent projects was at a home overlooking the River Wye, where we created window treatments and soft furnishings for a sitting room and bedroom. The customer loves Scandinavian designs, a huge trend this season. We designed our products to match the furniture that the client had already purchased, bringing in accents of blues and greens that stood out against the woodland tones.

The Scandi trend is inspired by the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced ‘hue-guh’), which is used to highlight that moment of happiness where you create intimacy, whether that be alone or with friends, home or out of the house, as long as you are surrounded by ultimate comfort. As already mentioned in our Interior trends for our AW2018 post, it is the perfect trend for this season, simply because of its cosy home décor. A chic aesthetic is balanced with a minimal touch, adding to the idea of peace and mindfulness.

A house that looks over a beautiful setting like the River Wye is just waiting for a Scandinavian make over. The furniture that the client had supplied included a sofa and blue and green cushions, and so we selected fabrics that complemented these hues. We used fabrics from Romo Linara and Lorcan collections, as they had a wide range of neutral colours and classic designs that suited the brief 100%. We made and installed Roman blinds using ‘Sefina Duck Egg’ from the Lorcan range. This understated floral print gave a soft accent to the room while incorporating nature, and it’s printed on to a linara based fabric, producing a delicate finish. This also paired with the greenery that the customer bought, another common theme when it comes to Scandi interiors. This Lorcan range was designed to complement the Linara fabrics, which has over 360 colourways including plenty of neutrals that we used in this project.

We created more cushions that matched those on the sofa, and pinch pleat curtains in the same fabric as the blinds.

As well as this, we made Roman blinds for the bedroom onto existing poles.

We love this transformation of the sitting room. It’s an on-trend design that is perfect for this season, and with a backdrop of the River Wye emerging through the windows, its toned-down rustic look emphasises the beautiful Forest scenery.

A tour of our showroom 2018

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

There are many reasons why we love working here at Calico, but being able to work in our beautiful showroom is definitely one of the top five. With our Christmas stock now rolling in, and with the fact that we’re relocating next year, we thought we’d show off our showroom to those who are yet to see it. If you see anything you like, feel free to pop in.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

As you walk through the front doors (be sure to check out our window display before you do!), you will walk into our corridor that contains a small sofa, dressing table and mirror, all of which is available to purchase. You will notice that, behind the ‘showroom’ sign at the end of the corridor, are two doors. These lead to our workroom, where our fitters and seamstresses produce our beautiful products.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

As you continue around the corner into our showroom itself, you’ll see on your left the selection of blinds that we make. Roman blinds are our speciality, but, as you can see here, we also sell vertical blinds, roller blinds and electric blinds, to name a few. Next to this, there is a stand for Alternative Flooring, one of our suppliers. They have helped us with many of our projects, including The King’s Mound.

Opposite this is our bed display, which was installed in the summer. The lighter tones of the bedding are transferable, so they can work for autumn and winter as well. The bed itself is from Mattisons, and most of the fabrics came from Osborne & Little, who we have worked with very closely over the years. Some of the biggest projects in which their fabrics were selected were this retail customer, Glanmarlais Care Home, and another of our clients. You can also explore some of their latest collections here. The stripey bed throw is from Gallery and is also available to purchase.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors


As we move along, you will come across our Romo rugs display. This is the first rug collection that Romo themselves have released, and we love them. Villa Nova also have a latest rug collection, which are also on display.

Just behind this, you can see a suitcase-shaped desk, topped with photo frames, plant pots, and other miscellaneous items that you can buy, including one of our mini Christmas trees.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

The final display before you walk into the main part of our showroom features the Esta Button Back Chair, that is currently reduced in price, along with the accompanying foot stool. The dressing table has recently been decorated for Christmas, with our gold glittering star and snowy wreath peaking out from the back. There are also tealight holders, regal-looking hand mirrors and a design board displaying Colefax and Fowler fabrics. We have a circular drinks trolley, topped with bowls full of gold beaded hearts from Parlane, prefect to hang on your tree. Then, right on the corner, there is a set of three tables, adorned with fake flowers, tealight holders, a light up Christmas tree and candles.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

Now you are in the main part of the showroom. In the centre is the island where our designers will lay out pattern books for you to peruse, surrounded by high-legged seats for you to settle down in with a cup of tea. On the left, with our Designers Guild wallpaper display, you’ll see a pyramid of shelves that are currently holding more of our Christmas stock. We have silver versions of the gold star you saw earlier, plus baubles and reindeer. Next to these are the desks of two of our designers, who are there to lend a hand in helping you find what you’re looking for. Behind is the door that leads to our office where our designers and HR team are located.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

We then have our ever-growing collection of pattern books, where we gather for inspiration. You are also welcome to have a browse of these, just ask one of our designers for a starting point, you may not know where to start otherwise! We have a huge selection, from Osborne & Little to Colefax & Fowler, Morris & Co, Jane Churchill, Sanderson, Ashley Wilde, Romo and Clarke & Clarke. And no, that’s not all of them. You’ll have to come in and see what else we have in stock - there are far too many to list here! Part of the process when working on a design with you is that we will find some fabrics/wallcoverings that you like and send samples directly to your home. This way you can get a better look at how the pattern works with your ideal design, and if you like it, we’ll use it. If not, bring them back and we’ll find some more for you. There is plenty to choose from! (Seriously, this photo does not show all of them…)

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

Above further shelves of pattern books, we have a display of some of the poles we supply for your curtains. Next to that on the left are some of the tiebacks we have for sale, coming from many brands such as Harlequin.

Carrying on around, we have shelves on our Designers Guild butterfly wallpaper. This carries on past the matching curtain (behind which is our remnants cupboard). On these shelves fit photo frames and plant pots, all for sale.

We are now nearing the front of the shop once again. There are more pattern books to your right, all Harlequin and Scion. Dotted around the window are curtain poles, and nestled in the corner is a white dressing table topped with Christmas decorations. You can also see the back of our window display from here.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

In front of this, on the other side of the wall is our Clarke & Clarke interlined curtains with a swag heading, and below is a shelf that is slowly being taken over by more of our Christmas stock. The large silver star is a particular favourite of ours.

We are now back at the entrance of our showroom. If you enjoyed this post and want to find out more, then come in and see in person. We’re more than happy to help. Our showroom won’t stay like this forever; we are already planning our Christmas window display, and our pattern book collection is only going to keep on growing. And with our relocating to the Lambsquay next year, there will be space for even more beautiful products to come! Until then, for more images of our showroom, check out the slideshow below.

Recently completed: Glanmarlais Care Home

Image by Calico  Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

This year, we worked alongside Leekes to help renovate Glanmarlais Care Home in Llandybrie. We recently uploaded a brief summary of this project to our portfolio, but we love it so much we thought we’d dedicate a post and go into more detail. We created the curtains and supplied the furniture for many of the rooms, including the hair salon. As well as this, we made all soft furnishings. The overall scheme was contemporary and full of bold colours, whilst still providing ultimate comfort.

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In the dining room, we produced double pinch pleat curtains which were blackout lined, and we used feature wallpapers from Andrew Martin, which we used for all rooms. We supplied armchairs and dining tables, using both square and round, all with an oak finish, keeping the room rustic and simple.

For the ground floor of the day room, we supplied a range of armchairs and sofas, two seaters and three seaters, with accompanying side tables. Coffee tables were used as well. Four pairs of curtains were created in our very own workroom. Like the dining room, they were double pinch pleat with blackout lining, installed on wooden poles. The furniture was supplied by Knightsbridge, and the bright colours lit up the room to give it more of a contemporary feel. The scheme of the first floor was the same.

Image by Calico  Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

We also worked on the hair salon that is on site. Feature wallpaper was used, and our fitter fixed two styling units to the walls. We also supplied the upholstered waiting chair and the styling chairs.

In terms of the bedrooms, we created piped cushions with feather inners, as well as bed throws and curtains. The fabrics were matching for each room, so anything patterned became the focus.

‘Typewriter’ artwork by  PI Creative Art

‘Typewriter’ artwork by PI Creative Art

We supplied the artwork throughout the building using multiple companies, such as PI Creative Art and Wild Apple. In the reception, the framed and mounted prints were woodland themed, and the day room followed suit, only in black and white. In one of the corridors, literary themed photos were used, featuring a typewriter and a collage of letters. The other corridor’s art was based around vintage Paris. This contrasted with the corridor on the first floor, which focused on London. Floral prints were also used. The style of artwork we selected is quite popular at the moment, with the vintage style paired with the incorporation of nature, via the floral and woodland prints. This also tied the whole scheme together, as both floors reflected each other.

Calico have worked on many care homes over the years, and this one is certainly one of our favourites. It’s contemporary and comfortable, the floral theme reflected through the fabrics and the artwork, reflecting the beautiful environment that surrounds the building. For more information about our work with care homes, take a look at our website.

Things to remember when redesigning a child's bedroom

Image by  Villa Nova

Image by Villa Nova

Since we put up our new Villa Nova Picturebook display and started working on the kids’ playroom at our village local, it’s safe to say that we’re very focused on the little ones this season. Therefore, we’ve compiled some useful tips to help you renovate your children’s bedrooms. If it’s their first ‘big’ room or they’ve outgrown its current scheme, we’re here to help you create the perfect child’s space.

1.      Keeping it colourful

Colours and patterns are where its at for kids. They love things that are bold and bright. One good way of doing this is by pairing your child’s favourite colour with neutral shades, as this can help retain a timeless look that can’t be outgrown as easily. Neutrals have the advantage of longevity, and by matching these with colourful accessories and features will make it easier to swap the design around as your child grows.

‘All My Books’ by  Harlequin

‘All My Books’ by Harlequin

Another way of incorporating colour is to use feature wallpapers. Many kids’ wallpapers are busy and bold, so they will balance nicely with more toned-down styles. Prints that showcase your child’s interests is a great way of adding personality to a room, and with such a wide range of children’s wallpapers out there, you are sure to find one that is ideal for your child. We personally love ‘All My Books’ wallpaper by Harlequin, which provides a more fun and modern take on the traditional library wallpapers that are trending right now.  This is perfect for bookworms-in-the-making, but if your child is more of an arty type, the ‘Scribbler’ wallpaper by Sanderson is ideal. Harlequin’s ‘Sail Away’ wallpaper is a lovely option for those who love adventures by the sea, also by Harlequin.

2.      Bring nature inside

‘Arctic Antics’ by  Villa Nova

‘Arctic Antics’ by Villa Nova

Nature is a huge trend this season, and not just for adults. Kids love animals, colourful flowers and exploring new worlds, so why not incorporate these into their bedrooms? Their imaginations will run wild with the amount of prints out there, such as Villa Nova’s Picturebook collection. The prints designed by Frann Preston-Gannon and Yuval Zommer feature jungle animals and teeny insects, and would make fun additions to a kid’s bedroom. There are also sea-life and Arctic-inspired designs available, perfect for a nautical scheme. The ‘Arctic Antics’ fabric use multiple textures and hues to bring the ocean to life, complete with polar bears and seals. This fun design has many uses, so it’ll be easy to incorporate it into your home.

Floral prints are another great option if your child has a passion for the outdoors. If it’s a girly room you’re after, flowers work perfectly, and there is a wide range out there for you to choose from. Harlequin offer many choices when it comes to floral prints, such as ‘Ditsy Daisy’, a charming daisy motif printed in three different colourways. Or, as a twist to a simple floral design, ‘Pretty Ponies’ by Sanderson feature ponies inlaid with intricate flowers.

3.      Keep the light out

‘Beautiful Balloons’ by  Sanderson

‘Beautiful Balloons’ by Sanderson

When it comes to window treatments, black out lining is an essential for children’s rooms, especially for the little ones. Preventing any light coming in to the room will guarantee a good-night’s sleep for your child, helping them feel more refreshed and lively in the morning. Blinds and shutters are more popular than curtains when it comes to kids’ rooms, as they are better at keeping out the light and can come with motorised controls that can be kept out of the way of little fingers. Venetians are ideal here, as they offer good light control. These blinds that we created here using Sanderson’s ‘Beautiful Balloons’ fabric would be perfect for a child’s room, as the design features whimsical hot air balloons that are bright and bold, adding to a colourful colour scheme.

But just because you’re trying to keep it as dark as possible at night, doesn’t mean that you can’t provide some ambient lighting as your child settles down. After all, who doesn’t love reading a bedtime story next to the comforting glow of a night light?

4.      Think about storage

‘Ballerina Colours III’ by  Camelot

‘Ballerina Colours III’ by Camelot

Storage is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to a child’s bedroom. Children usually have a large number of toys and teddies when they’re little, and this continues throughout most of their childhood. When school starts, they have books and stationary to think of. Fortunately, there is a wide range of storage for you to choose from and designed to suit your desired age group. Baskets are a good option for the little ones who have lots of toys, as this means that they can be picked up and put away as quickly as they are taken out again. Drawers are good as the child grows, as they can be used for anything from clothes to stationary. Wanting to decorate them? Simple touches such as adding framed photos or artwork will provide a nice homely touch. Camelot Pictures offer a wide range, from woodland creatures, flowers and dancers.

A more on-trend storage idea is using window seats. Having a window seat as storage can help maximise room space and add an element of surprise for young children. We’ve created many seat pads for window seats over the years, but some of our favourites include Forest Guest House and for this private client.

5.      Accessorise, accessorise

‘Tiny Turtles’ by  Villa Nova

‘Tiny Turtles’ by Villa Nova

Our last tip is to add small touches and accessories to help give your child’s room a homely feel. Villa Nova’s cushions from their Picturebook offer a range of coordinating cushions that match their collections, as well as rugs and wall stickers. We adore the ‘Tiny Turtles’ cushion, as its playful, simple and yet effective. The ‘Treasure Map’ cushion by Sanderson is bold and busy, in true childlike style, and comes in two colourways so you can add it to multiple schemes. We can also make cushions using your desired fabrics in our own workroom.

The joy of designing children’s bedroom is that there are so many options, from whimsical to dainty, to busy and colourful to simple and intricate. But, if you’re struggling to choose, feel free to come visit our showroom and our designers will help you create a room that your child will fall in love with.

An adventure in illustration: the Villa Nova Picturebook

 
Image by  Villa Nova

Image by Villa Nova

We briefly discussed Villa Nova’s latest collection over on our Decorex blog, but, seeing as we love it so much, we’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to it. It’s even the inspiration behind our new window display! This collection is child-friendly, inspired by memories of the eccentric storybooks that we used to read as children. The website features colouring pages that you can print off, and the collection is told in ‘chapters’. Villa Nova has made this collection more interactive and fun, ensuring that your little ones are going to enjoy it even more.

‘Monkey Bars’ by  Villa Nova

‘Monkey Bars’ by Villa Nova

The first chapter of this range is by Frann Preston-Gannon, a London-based illustrator and author. Her designs are inspired by the exotic Amazon rain forest, and feature many animal-based prints. One of her patterns, ‘Monkey Bars’, feature many fuzzy monkey faces, creating a fun and exciting design. This has been printed as cushions, wall coverings, and fabrics. It is sure to add a mischievous touch to any room.

‘Bear Hug’ by  Villa Nova

‘Bear Hug’ by Villa Nova

In complete contrast to the rain forest, Preston-Gannon also takes us to the Arctic, where polar bears and seals float across the sea on icebergs while fish and play beneath them in the water. A personal favourite of this collection is the ‘Bear Hug’ cushion. This adorable mum-and-baby design features a mother polar bear hugging her child on a blue fabric with a coordinating soft chenille on the reverse side.

In the second chapter of our adventure, Christopher Coerr takes us to the pink city of India, downtown New York and the vibrant Mediterranean. With the ‘Hustle Bustle’ range, we explore the busy Indian street markets, where you can be amazed by the colourful animals and people whizzing by on their bikes. The ‘Hustle Bustle’ fabric, available in two colourways, is an exciting design that captures the busy atmosphere of India, featuring the range of people and animals that you would see on the Indian streets.

‘City Lights’ by  Villa Nova

‘City Lights’ by Villa Nova

His NY designs capture the bright city lights that dazzle anyone who sees them. ‘City Lights’ is a print that portrays the illuminated skyscrapers when their residents have turned on their lights. The design is simple: yellow rectangles and boxes embroidered onto a white background - not a building in sight. This geometric fabric is unique and can be paired with many other patterns in the collection, deeming it to be a very versatile design.

‘Island Hopping’ by  Villa Nova

‘Island Hopping’ by Villa Nova

Coerr’s final collection portrays the white-washed house and the vibrant blue sea. A nautical colour scheme is the basis for the products in this range, but they are still unique and full of life. The ‘Island Hopping’ fabric shows a hive of activity, full of boats sailing the sea, laughing children and pleasant villagers getting on with their day. Or, for a more toned down look, ‘Teeny Santorini’ is a wallcovering available in three colourways and focuses on the villas that line the hills of the Mediterranean. It is a simple print that features the outline of these buildings on a white background, making it the perfect contrast to Coerr’s more vibrant fabrics.

‘Walkies’ by  Villa Nova

‘Walkies’ by Villa Nova

The third illustrator involved in this collection is Yuval Zommer, whose designs gives us a bugs-eye view of the world. Tiny ladybirds, beautiful butterflies and buzzing bees are feature in this playful range, plus larger, much-loved animals, including little dogs! ‘Walkies’ present a range of dogs making friends with each other on their walk, with each one having its own character and design. Chickens peck away at an orchard in ‘Apples and Pears’, while frogs leap from pond to pond in ‘Duck Pond’. There is such a variety of prints in this collection, and the range of animals helps to ensure that children will surely find one they love.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

All three illustrators have also drawn wall stickers based on their designs, to decorate your home even further. We used a few from Frann Preston-Gannon’s jungle range on our shop window, and we can confirm that they really helped bring our display to life.

Villa Nova’s collection is different to most that we have in our showroom, as it’s rare to find an exclusive children’s range. We recommend coming to take a look, as you will be amazed by these exuberant prints that will add a fun element to your home.

 

Recently completed: King's Mound

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

This year we took on the refurbishment of the King’s Mound, Oxford. Calico was very hands-on with this project, supplying the furniture for every room, as well as creating the soft furnishings. We also produced the oversized headboards in the four bedrooms, plus window seats for the dining room, entrance hall, and study. The overall design was opulent with a range of colours and patterned fabrics.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

In the dining room, we used GP&J Baker fabrics for the chairs and window seats, and we butted together two tables from IJL Brown to make one long table. We supplied the rug from Alternative Flooring, lighting from Dar and artwork from Camelot Pictures.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

As for the sitting room, we fashioned some cushions using fabrics from GP&J Baker’s Historic Royal Palaces collection. We used these designs many times throughout this project, as the collection is full of rich and diverse patterns and styles, that include supple velvets and decorative prints channelled from historic sites throughout the country. It is safe to say that this was the perfect collection for this project.

For the master bedroom, we supplied furniture from Neptune, including the chest of drawers and coffee table. Like the rest of the building, we supplied lighting from Dar. The bed throw was made with Clarke & Clarke ‘Odyssey’. This textured fabric was paired with cushions that were created using ‘Royal Garden Linen Quartz’ and ‘Nevis/Lovat/Heather’, fabrics, both by GP&J Baker. These patterns stood out against the plain bed throw, resulting in more decorative and luxe-looking bedding.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

We also supplied the chairs and all sofas from Tamarisk, which we finished with a range of fabrics and designs. In the sitting room, the two large sofas were upholstered with ‘Bute’ by Mulberry and ‘Wosley’ by GP&J Baker, while the chairs in the master bedroom were also finished with the ‘Bute’ fabric, but in a different colourway. The armchair in the third bedroom was upholstered using ‘Queens Garden Velvet Jade’ by GP&J Baker, again from their Historic Royal Palaces collection. We used Mulberry’s ‘Bute’ fabric again for the chairs in the third bedroom, but in a different colourway.

We also supplied the furniture for the dressing room, including the sofa bed from Seb, which was then upholstered with fabric from Mulberry.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

In all four of the bedrooms, we created oversized headboards by butting three together. We used a range of fabrics that matched the cushions and bedding, adding studs around the edges using Heico Antique Brass low domed upholstery nails. We ensured that each headboard fitted each rooms’ individual colour scheme.

We also supplied furniture for the conservatory, dressing room and entrance hall. For the latter, artwork from Camelot was hung on the walls, and we produced window seat pads. These were also created for the study.

We have enjoyed seeing the rich and opulent design of the Kings Mound come to life. We were very hands on with this project, even supplying napkins from John Lewis. The overall look features many autumnal themes, including textured fabrics and darker hues. Creating this luxurious scheme has been a highlight of our year, and we’re extremely proud of how it looks.

New for AW2018: 'Atmoshphere VI' by Jane Churchill

Image by  Jane Churchill

Jane Churchill has introduced their latest collection, Atmosphere VI, for Autumn/Winter 2018. The sixth instalment of her Atmosphere collection, this range includes classic English designs along with more modern prints. From geometric embroideries to sumptuous velvets and nature-inspired patterns, you are sure to find the perfect design for your home.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

This sophisticated collection contains fabrics that we can use for bespoke curtains, Roman blinds and upholstery, as well as a wide range of wallpapers to match. Our personal favourite here at Calico is the ‘Marble Rose’ design, which has been printed as both a wallpaper and fabric. Available in two colourways, this contemporary pattern is composed of decorative flowers placed onto a marble background. It is a bold design that will certainly make a statement in your home.

‘Sakura’ by  Jane Churchill

‘Sakura’ by Jane Churchill

In complete contrast to this print, Churchill has released the ‘Sakura’ fabric, a bright abstract design that features an ombré satin stripe. This has been created by a mixture of weaves which depict the soft gradient effect. Also available in two colourways, this fabric will add some colour to those dark autumnal days.

Not all the designs in this collection are as bold. ‘Collette’ is a softer print that is available in mid-tones to create a softer mood for your interior. This pattern features watercolour hues with a delicate gingko leaf painted on top. Digitally printed onto silk on to silk mix ground cloth, this glamorous fabric maybe tamer compared to a few other designs in this collection, but it is just as beautiful.

The ‘Alto’ fabric is a multi-coloured block pattern that features embroidered lines of thread work that subtly change in width across the cloth, creating an all-over stich effect. Abstract designs are what Jane Churchill has become known for, and with this fabric, it’s not hard to see why. This print is available in three colourways, and, like the fabrics already mentioned, can be used in multiple ways.

‘Lelani’ by  Jane Churchill

‘Lelani’ by Jane Churchill

Another interesting fabric is ‘Lelani’. This design is available in a broad range of rich colours and neutrals and features embroidered feathered leaves that curve from a stem. This decorative design is intricately detailed and can be used alongside a plain or patterned fabric in a variety of colours. Like many other pieces in this collection, this print is organically-inspired, incorporating nature into this beautiful design.

When we first saw the wallpaper samples for this collection, we were in awe of the stunning prints and patterns. The fabrics are just breath-taking, providing an opportunity to bring the natural world into any interior. The wide range offers a versatility to decorate your home with; if you’re not interested in the floral prints, then there are geometric patterns and more delicate designs for you to explore.

Recently completed: Carbis Bay Beach Lodges

Image by  Carbis Bay

Image by Carbis Bay

Our biggest project the year was helping with the furbishing of Carbis Bay’s Beach Lodges, their latest holiday accommodation for 2018. These lodges are situated right on the beach, meaning that the golden sand is only a few steps away. We provided the soft furnishings and window treatments for each lodge, including remote control shading for the roof windows.

A variety of window treatments were made throughout this project. For the living rooms and dining rooms, we created sheer pencil pleat curtains with Threads fabric, and wave head curtains using GP&J Baker. We also used this fabric for the cartridge pleat curtains in the bedroom, which, like the other sets of curtains, were blackout lined and installed on Silent Gliss tracks. As well as this, we used GP&J Baker fabrics for the bed throws.

We also installed shading systems for the roof windows, using motorised blinds that are remote controlled.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

As well as this, we produced the headboards for each lodge, which featured shallow buttons and piping around the back edge. Many of the fabrics used were from GP&J Baker and Threads, the fabric for the buttons coming from their Meridian Linex collection.

Cushions were made for all eight lodges as well, using a wide range of fabrics. For some of the cushions, we paired two different fabrics together, such as a modern printed fabric from Mulberry on the front with a fabric from GP & J Baker’s Perfect Plains collection on the back. The colour schemes featured a selection of sunset colours and bold tribal patterns, perfect for a beach lodge. An example of this is Kravet’s Churra pattern, which is based on a 20th century woman’s shawl in Mexico. Combining this with bright, bold fabrics means that we could use it within the chic and contemporary design.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

We also used a range of blues for some of the cushions to keep with the beach theme. This includes the Wild Geese Linen fabric by Mulberry, an exotic and exciting print that contrasted the burnt orange piping beautifully.

Finally, we made up a total of ten window seats using existing foam pads.

We love the finished look of these beach lodges, as the design is chic and complements the beach view perfectly. The overall project was a large one, and we worked hard throughout the year to ensure that it was carried out as smoothly as possible, and that each product we created was made to the highest standard. We are extremely happy with the result.

Recently Completed: Treehouses at the Fish Hotel

Image by  The Fish Hotel

 

Earlier this year, Calico Interiors returned to the Fish Hotel to assist in the designing of their Treehouses. Nestled amongst the trees of the Farcombe Estate, these treehouses offer unique accommodation in the Cotswolds.

Each treehouse was designed to be a luxurious rustic getaway, offering the experience of a hotel but in a different way. We provided the soft furnishings and window treatments for this holiday accommodation, inspired by the estate’s rural surroundings.

Image by The Fish Hotel

Image by The Fish Hotel

In each treehouse, there is a bespoke corner sofa that was specifically designed to fit the small spaces. We created the seat and back cushions for the L-shaped sofa, as well as the cushions for this and the bedding, which were self-piped and made in various sizes.

Furthermore, we supplied blackout lined Roman blinds for the living room, hall and the bedrooms of each treehouse. These were created with fabric from the Tango collection from Linwood, which was also used for the wave head curtains in the living room and many of the cushions that we made as well.

Image by  The Fish Hotel

As well as this, we made the headboards for the beds using Linwood fabrics, again from the Tango collection. We picked a different colour of the fabric for each bedroom, ensuring that it matched the rest of the furniture.

These treehouses were a great project to work on, as the beautiful countryside was the perfect source of inspiration. The interiors of this accommodation combine rustic with luxury, making these treehouses the perfect countryside retreat.

Interior trends you'll love for Autumn/Winter 2018

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

After our long hot summer, it’s now time to dig out your fluffy socks, sip from mugs of hot chocolate, and sink into your comfy sofas as the chilly weather starts to make its way in.

Autumn is filled with inspiration for your home this year. The changing landscape is full of colours and textures that you can easily incorporate into your house to make it feel more inviting after spending the day out in the cold. To help you out, we’ve given you our top four tips and trends to help decorate your home for autumn.

1. DARK COLOUR SCHEMES

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

This year, Autumn is dominated by dark colour schemes, such as berries, deep greens and maple hues. Moody tones can look beautiful when contrasted with softer neutrals like grey, adding some light to the darker pigments.

Blue tones are becoming popular this season. Blue is a colour that can be dark enough to add warmth to your home, or light enough to break through the heavier tones. It’s a timeless and elegant colour that is incredibly versatile, as it can work for a base or a feature colour. It’s perfect if you don’t want to use black in your home, and can be paired with a wide range of colours and styles.

2. ADD TEXTURE

The number one way to warm up a house is by adding texture. Oversized blankets, heavy bed throws, fluffy rugs, all in a variety of materials and styles. Velvet is growing in popularity, what with its sumptuous feel that makes your home feel more decedent. Giant knits are also an great way to add comfort to any room, and a thick, woolly blanket is perfect for hibernating away from the cold autumnal weather!

Image by  Romo Fabrics

Image by Romo Fabrics

One of the easiest ways to add some texture to a room is with a rug. A cold floor is not what you want in autumn, so by throwing down a rug you can warm your bare feet and add a feature your home. Romo Fabric’s rug collection feature a wide range of contemporary designs that are luxurious and soft to the touch.

3. FLORAL PRINTS

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

One of the latest trends this year are floral prints, particularly oversized ones. This is a pretty trend that can be used for cushions, bedding, wall coverings, the possibilities are endless. It’s an easy transition from the summer tropical themes, floral patterns are a simple way to incorporate nature into your home. Each pattern you may find is different, meaning you are sure to find one that will suit your home perfectly.

Cole and Son’s Botanical Botanica collection of wallpapers include many floral prints in darker tones that reflect the transforming landscape of Autumn. The range includes oversized flowers and artistically painted trees, which will help create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your home.

4. SCANDI-STYLE

This minimalist Scandinavian trend as proven popular recently, and that is not set to change any time soon. Only now, there’s a slight difference. While retaining the less-is-more idea, textures and colours are being added in to create depth and give the look a more inviting feel. By creating more space in a room and keeping things simple, you’re sure to have a more positive atmosphere in your house this autumn.