Inspiration for new designs
27th October 2016
I've got two sons, aged 4 and 2. As so many small children do, they love listening to bedtime stories and it's a really important part of both their day and mine. Recently Arthur and I have been reading Enid Blyton's The Enchanted Wood and it's been feeding my imagination as well as Arthur's. I hadn't really noted how British a woodland walk is before, or what a big part the woods have played in my life. It's this time of year that woodland walks are at their best, as you trample through the autumn leaves and see squirrels scampering around. If we're lucky we might spot a deer too, but not often when the children and dogs are around. Still, it's nice to know that they're there, and the same goes for badgers. They're quite mysterious I think, scuttling around in the middle of the night. And the trees...what would Britain be without its magnificent trees? I love a good old oak, they're so sturdy and impressive.
So it's all these wonderful woodland wonders that inspired me to do the new Enchanted Wood designs and I'm really pleased with them. The colours are lovely and rich and bring a very warming feel to a room. I think they're very inviting colours, and you could happily cover an armchair or a lampshade in any of the four different colours.
The other strand of the collection that I've been working on over the past few months is the Vegetable and Fruit range. The Vegetable and Fruit range is probably my favourite at the moment, I think it's a reflection of my passion for eating well and healthily, having loads of fresh veggies from the local farm shop in my larder (we haven't got our veg patch underway yet at our new house, but that may well follow next spring!) I've introduced two Apricot designs and a Pear design for this autumn/winter. They're a little different in style to, say, the beetroot design, as I wanted to bring in something a little more retro. This works particularly well in the Pear design with its cool turquoise background.