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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.

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.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

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.

An adventure in illustration: the Villa Nova Picturebook

 
Image by  Villa Nova

Image by Villa Nova

We briefly discussed Villa Nova’s latest collection over on our Decorex blog, but, seeing as we love it so much, we’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to it. It’s even the inspiration behind our new window display! This collection is child-friendly, inspired by memories of the eccentric storybooks that we used to read as children. The website features colouring pages that you can print off, and the collection is told in ‘chapters’. Villa Nova has made this collection more interactive and fun, ensuring that your little ones are going to enjoy it even more.

‘Monkey Bars’ by  Villa Nova

‘Monkey Bars’ by Villa Nova

The first chapter of this range is by Frann Preston-Gannon, a London-based illustrator and author. Her designs are inspired by the exotic Amazon rain forest, and feature many animal-based prints. One of her patterns, ‘Monkey Bars’, feature many fuzzy monkey faces, creating a fun and exciting design. This has been printed as cushions, wall coverings, and fabrics. It is sure to add a mischievous touch to any room.

‘Bear Hug’ by  Villa Nova

‘Bear Hug’ by Villa Nova

In complete contrast to the rain forest, Preston-Gannon also takes us to the Arctic, where polar bears and seals float across the sea on icebergs while fish and play beneath them in the water. A personal favourite of this collection is the ‘Bear Hug’ cushion. This adorable mum-and-baby design features a mother polar bear hugging her child on a blue fabric with a coordinating soft chenille on the reverse side.

In the second chapter of our adventure, Christopher Coerr takes us to the pink city of India, downtown New York and the vibrant Mediterranean. With the ‘Hustle Bustle’ range, we explore the busy Indian street markets, where you can be amazed by the colourful animals and people whizzing by on their bikes. The ‘Hustle Bustle’ fabric, available in two colourways, is an exciting design that captures the busy atmosphere of India, featuring the range of people and animals that you would see on the Indian streets.

‘City Lights’ by  Villa Nova

‘City Lights’ by Villa Nova

His NY designs capture the bright city lights that dazzle anyone who sees them. ‘City Lights’ is a print that portrays the illuminated skyscrapers when their residents have turned on their lights. The design is simple: yellow rectangles and boxes embroidered onto a white background - not a building in sight. This geometric fabric is unique and can be paired with many other patterns in the collection, deeming it to be a very versatile design.

‘Island Hopping’ by  Villa Nova

‘Island Hopping’ by Villa Nova

Coerr’s final collection portrays the white-washed house and the vibrant blue sea. A nautical colour scheme is the basis for the products in this range, but they are still unique and full of life. The ‘Island Hopping’ fabric shows a hive of activity, full of boats sailing the sea, laughing children and pleasant villagers getting on with their day. Or, for a more toned down look, ‘Teeny Santorini’ is a wallcovering available in three colourways and focuses on the villas that line the hills of the Mediterranean. It is a simple print that features the outline of these buildings on a white background, making it the perfect contrast to Coerr’s more vibrant fabrics.

‘Walkies’ by  Villa Nova

‘Walkies’ by Villa Nova

The third illustrator involved in this collection is Yuval Zommer, whose designs gives us a bugs-eye view of the world. Tiny ladybirds, beautiful butterflies and buzzing bees are feature in this playful range, plus larger, much-loved animals, including little dogs! ‘Walkies’ present a range of dogs making friends with each other on their walk, with each one having its own character and design. Chickens peck away at an orchard in ‘Apples and Pears’, while frogs leap from pond to pond in ‘Duck Pond’. There is such a variety of prints in this collection, and the range of animals helps to ensure that children will surely find one they love.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

All three illustrators have also drawn wall stickers based on their designs, to decorate your home even further. We used a few from Frann Preston-Gannon’s jungle range on our shop window, and we can confirm that they really helped bring our display to life.

Villa Nova’s collection is different to most that we have in our showroom, as it’s rare to find an exclusive children’s range. We recommend coming to take a look, as you will be amazed by these exuberant prints that will add a fun element to your home.