I am a great fan of Roald Dahl and spent many happy years reading his books to my children. Quentin Blake's very distinctive illustrations are equally wonderful. When I spotted The Fantabulous Fabric collection by Ashley Wilde I decided it would have to be added to our fabric collection in the studio. I can't think of a better way to bring a little bit of magic into a child's bedroom whether they are used for blinds, curtains, a chair cover or just a cushion! The fabric is 100% cotton - easy to wash and hardwearing. All your favourites - Matilda, the BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Twits, Fantatic Mr Fox even Lickwashing Sweets and Whizz Banger spots!
And, thanks to Steven Spielberg we can enjoy the BFG at the cinema this summer!
We have also been celebrating the centenary of the death of the talented William Morris - revolutionary socialist, cultural critic, writer, designer - in 1896. Of course, it is his work as a designer that I really admire. His wallpapers and fabrics are still very popular and William Morris & Co are ensuring his legacy lives on by carefully re-creating his designs. The team at their studio give some of the enduring favourites a contemporary twist and lesser known wallpapers a new lease of life.
This wallpaper and fabric is a reproduction of an early paper - Indian - 1868-70. Similar in appearance to the block printed original this comes in two colours.
I recently used a new design, Kelmscott Tree by Alison Gee, for some curtains at a lovely renovated 17th century property. Inspired by Morris's bed curtains at his home, Kelmscott Manor, which were embroidered by May Morris in 1891. Kelmscott Tree has been painted in the Morris studio and adapted into a beautiful embroidery of trees, birds and flowers.
This fabric is available in three colours.
Two very talented men whose legacies will live on forever - hooray!!