2018

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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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.

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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Interior trends you'll love for Autumn/Winter 2018

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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!

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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

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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.