Showroom

How to Make the Most of Your Showroom Visit

We’re living in an era where shopping is now primarily an online thing; you can find anything you need by simply typing a few words into Google, including everything you need for your home. However, it is better to visit a showroom when considering redecorating, as you can see exactly what a product looks like, the size, texture, etc. And since we recently renovated our own showroom, we thought now would be a good time to share our ideas.

Feel free to visit our showroom and we, along with these tips listed below, can help you find exactly what you need for your home.

Become Inspired

If you want to give your home a makeover but have absolutely no idea where to start, then you should definitely take your time when visiting a showroom. Seeing a variety of products and designs can inspire you and give insight into what you do or don’t like.

And for those who do have an idea of what they’re looking for, it’s still a good idea to take in everything in the showroom. You’ll always learn so much more you expected, and you see how likely your dream house is.

Check it’s the right fit

The issue with the internet is that it isn’t always reliable. You might see something that looks fantastic online, but in person, it could look tacky or just not right for your home. By visiting a showroom, you can be confident that you are making the right investment for your house.

Decide if it’s a quality product

You don’t mess around when it comes to your home. You want to look after it, so why purchase poor quality designs? You want to get your money’s worth, and furniture needs to withstand any wear and tear, especially if you have children or live with pets. By visiting a showroom, you can ensure that you’re choosing high-quality products.

Receive the right guidance

Probably the most crucial step on this whole list. When planning a home renovation, you need to remember that you’re not going to know as much as someone within this industry. Will that blind you want fit the position of your window? Will the type of flooring you want cope with the wear and tear? A professional interior designer can explore these possibilities with you, to ensure that your dream home is possible.

They can recommend the right products, brands, and designs, and keep in contact with you to make sure that your renovation is going well, sorting any issues that may occur asap.

We offer these services here at Calico Interiors, so please stop by and discuss your home renovation today.

Updating our showroom...

If you’ve been following us on social media, you’ll know that we recently revealed our new housing development and the fact that we will be relocating our offices and showroom to the Lambsquay House later in the year. With all these exciting projects going on, we thought we’d change things around in our current showroom while we’re at it!

Here are some photos of our project. We hope you’ll pay a visit!

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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.

Our favourite Christmas interior trends 2018

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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 tour of our showroom 2018

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…)

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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.

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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.