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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.

Recently completed: cinema room

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

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.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

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.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

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.

A tour of our showroom 2018

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Finding inspiration at Decorex and Design Centre 2018

 
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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

Located at Syon park, London, Decorex International is a leading interior design event that provides the opportunity for designers to showcase their latest collections, initiate new partnerships, and find all sorts of inspiration. The exhibits include fabrics, wallcoverings, lighting and furniture, and seminars and talks are held throughout the four-day event. The theme for 2018 was ‘Blank Space’, and so the show floor was designed as a blank canvas that allowed interior designers’ to stand out and flourish. Last week, a few members of the Calico Interiors team attended Decorex 2018, where they met many established brands and designers, and gained an insight into the latest interior trends for this year.

On Monday, the team were attracted to Villa Nova’s Picturebook, a collection of fabrics, wall coverings and accessories designed by renowned illustrators, including Fran Preston-Gannon, Christopher Corr and Yuval Zommer. Each artist has created a range of prints, with Preston-Gannon’s designs focusing on the Amazon rainforest, Corr’s is inspired by the cities of India, New York and the Mediterranean, and Zummer’s focuses on the world of bugs and insects. This collection is full of fun and enchantment, as it was inspired by whimsical children’s books.

The following day, the team headed over to the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for Focus 2018, where designers, stylists, architects and more present their collections and products to the public. The theme this year was colour, with over 100 immersive events that celebrate colourful displays and interiors.

‘ Lilac ’ display by Cole and Son

Lilac’ display by Cole and Son

Cole and Son’s latest collection, Botanical Botanica was on display here. These captivating designs capture the transforming landscape throughout the year, including gardens, woodlands and meadows. There are a range of colours in this collection to reflect each season; pastels for spring, vibrant hues for summer, dark tones for autumn and cool and crisp colours for winter. There are many floral wallpapers, such as ‘Lilac’, a beautiful spring flower that will help bring nature into any country or contemporary home.

Another exhibit that our team loved was Style Library, where collections from brands such as Sanderson, Zoffany and Morris & Co. were on show. The exhibit consisted of design boards and artistic displays, providing plenty of inspiration for attendees.

Les Indiennes     display by Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little

Les Indiennes display by Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little

As well as this, collections from Designers Guild and Osborne & Little were on display. Designer’s Guild featured their green and blue hues, including the ‘Quill Velvet Cobalt from their Tulipa Stellata collection, which we used for one of our clients’ home earlier this year. Osborne & Little showcased Matthew Williamson and Nina Campbell’s latest collections: Deya and Les Indiennes.

There was so much to see across these exhibitions, and our team left feeling inspired and excited for the new season. Have a look at the slideshow below to see more of the collections and displays.

 

AW2018: New Osborne & Little collections

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As our long summer comes to an end, we take a look at the latest collections from Osborne & Little. Each collection features a variety of vibrant prints and fabrics, perfect for brightening up your home this autumn. 

'Talavera'. Image by   Osborne & Little

'Talavera'. Image by Osborne & Little

One of the recently added collections is Deya by Matthew Williamson. Williamson is known for his love of colourful patterns and global influences, and this new collection is no different. Inspired by the atmosphere of the Balearic Island of Mallorca, these fabrics feature many embroidered exotic designs that reflect Mediterranean colours and themes. This influence is evident in some of the fabric names: ‘Valldemosa’, named after one of the small villages in Mallorca, ‘Formentera’, a small Balearic island, and ‘Talavera’, which is named after Talavera de la Reina, Spain. This city is known for its ceramics, which Williamson has presented clearly in this fabric through the uses of vivid colour and decorative prints. The cultural influence that Williamson had in Mallorca is reflected in the rich detail of this collection, which we are certain will brighten up any home. 

To accompany this colourful collection, Williamson has also launched Calobra, which is a pair of versatile fabrics that will coordinate beautifully with Deya. These chenille fabrics come in a wide range of colours and are the perfect companion for the patterned designs. 

Nina Campbell’s latest collection, Les Indiennes, was inspired by 17th and 18th century French vogue textile designs that originated in India. She breaks away from her iconic blue, coral and aqua palette that usually features in her collections and has instead created unique colour combinations that feature pairings of black with emerald and red with teal. The Indian influence is clear to see in the floral patterns, such as the Indian flowers that also feature on her textured wallpapers, such as 'Baville', a wallpaper from the collection.

'Colette'. Image by   Osborne & Little

'Colette'. Image by Osborne & Little

Campbell's collection has more than patterned designs. She has also introduced the Poquelin collection, the ideal complement for Les Indiennes. The collection is named after Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, the real name of 17th century dramatist Moličre. The fabrics are semi-plain and elegant, with a wide range of colours for each one. 'Colette', named after 20th century novelist Gabrielle Colette, is a smart linen that is available in thirteen colours, meaning that there is one for every interior.

Here at Calico, we love these new collections. This range of beautiful patterns and styles offer you the ultimate versatility to decorate your home with this autumn. This wide range of designs will make a lovely feature in any room.