Romo Fabrics

What a year...

Image by Calico Interiors

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.

A Scandinavian sitting room for a residential interior

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

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.

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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.

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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.

Interior trends you'll love for Autumn/Winter 2018

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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.

Introducing...Romo Rugs

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

Romo Fabrics have introduced their first rug collection, a collaboration with Louis de Poortere, renowned rug manufacturer. The rugs are inspired by the most popular designs from their past collections, and with a choice of colours for each, widening the selection further.  


These contemporary designs feature many intricate patterns. The flat weave range features textural details that are woven using tactile chenille, enriched with sophisticated colours. The hand tufted rugs are created with wool yarns and have a deep pile to add depth and a richness in colour, making them a sumptuous addition to your home. 

'Itsuki'   image by  www.romo.com

'Itsuki' image by www.romo.com


This stunning collection includes many on-trend designs, such as 'Cubis', which features interlocking squares, 'Scala', an intricately-woven chevron design and 'Nahli', which is reminiscent of traditional tribal patterns. To contrast these bright prints, Romo has also created a subtler style of rug, 'Itsuki', that is still as equally as decorative as the rest. 


Each design is unique; they come in multiple sizes and colours, providing a wide range that anyone can enjoy. From a dramatic floral print or a painterly brushstroke pattern to a Moroccan style design and colourful broken stripes, each rug will be a lovely accent to any room.  

We’re very excited to have received the samples of this collection, and we can confirm that not only do they look stunning, they’re extremely soft to touch. Romo's rug collection is exquisite and ideal for anyone wanting a contemporary home.