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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.

Decorating your Christmas tree

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

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.

Image by Calico Interiors

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.

Image by Calico Interiors

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.

Image by Calico Interiors

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

Image by Calico Interiors

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.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

A Scandinavian sitting room for a residential interior

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

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.

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.