Create the Coastal Vibe

Do you love the coastal look?  Create the perfect scheme at home with soft linens in pastel shades or for a fun approach, go bold using bright blues and reds for a definite coastal theme.  We have all the choices covered in the studio so let us inspire you to get that coastal vibe.

We recently did a project for Iain Wilson Developments to renovate some beachside apartments  in Sheringham and with the help of Interior Designer, Annabel Grey created a weathered coastal look using calming whites, washed out denim and cool shades of blue.


If you’d like to recreate this look then choose soft shades which recreate sun, sand and sky.  Linwood have recently launched a lovely range called Luna – a  heavy, chunky, relaxed plain in 26 beautiful colours or pick another soft tone from Sheila Coombes Simply Chevron range.  Clarke & Clarke also have a range called Laval, 100% linen in many different colours which will tone in well with the coastal theme teamed with a selection of voiles to keep as much light as possible.

L to R: Linwood Luna, £64.90/m, Sheila Coombes Simply Chevron, £89/m and Clarke & Clarke Laval, £39/m.


L to R: Linwood Luna, £64.90/m, Sheila Coombes Simply Chevron, £89/m and Clarke & Clarke Laval, £39/m.


To achieve a soft look, choose a less formal heading for curtains which gives a relaxed feel.  A recent project using Sheila Coombes Simply Chevron shows how using an interlining and a tape can achieve this look – relaxed but sumptuous with a small stand up to cover the rings on the pole.

And don’t forget the use of paints to enhance the coastal feel even more.  Plain neutrals can be teamed with a punch of colour on a single wall, or even use paint colours in photo frames for a dash of colour here and there, teamed with favourite prints.

We stock three ranges of paint – Little Greene, Paint Library and Fenwick and Tilbrook, which have a wide range of coastal tones to choose from and in a range of finishes to cope with most jobs.  Samples are available in the studio.

Linwood Linara fabrics £38.50/m and Fenwick and Tilbrook shades in Kelp and Wells Harbour for both interior and exterior surfaces.

There are a good range of fabrics on offer in the studio and sampling is free.  If you would like to create a coastal look this summer then why not pop into the studio, open six days per week, 9am to 5pm and get the coastal vibe, wherever you may be.

A Menagerie of Mystical Beasts?

What’s that title got to do with fabric I hear you ask?  Well, a collaboration between Clarke & Clarke and artist Emma J Shipley has culminated in a range of fabrics and wallpapers which showcase her amazing talent in creating home to an array of exotic half-real, half-imaginary winged delights, displayed alongside other mystical, magical and exotic creatures.

Jungle Palms – Pink – Wallpaper alongside Kruger Lime, all Emma Shipley for Clarke & Clarke.

The new range, ‘Animalia’ features tropical parrots, swinging lemurs, fierce tigers and delicately hand drawn giraffes, in a menagerie of coordinating fabrics, wall coverings and furniture, incorporating rich velvets, luxurious satins and shimmering effects.

If the exotic is your thing then these amazing fabrics and wallcoverings will surely delight – and at a competitive price point too – the 100% cotton prints retail at £39 per metre and the velvets and wallpaper at £49 per metre/roll respectively.

And if you are interested to know more about Emma and the inspiration behind her designs then visit her website where she describes the sources of her inspiration by revealing the art, books, artefacts, animals and stories that have shaped her art.

Kruger Flame with Amazon Jungle wallpaper – all Emma Shipley for Clarke & Clarke.

The full range of fabrics and wallpapers can be seen in our studio, open six days per week, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm.  We offer a free sampling service and our design team are on hand to give you advice on all your projects from a whole room scheme to accessories and wallcoverings.  We look forward to seeing you soon.


Friday Colour Shots

Here are some lovely fabrics that we have been working on in the studio this week – I thought it would be a good idea for the colours to speak for themselves.  From bold cranberry to soft and gentle blues, greens and pinks –  there is something for everyone.  All available in the studio.

Maroc Cranberry from Rapture & Wright


Oxus Ocean Blue from Lewis & Wood


Extra Wide Medina Ink at Tinsmiths


Cheriton Pomegranate from Voyage

I hope you enjoyed them!  Have a lovely weekend and check back next week for some more colour poppers!

Headboard Mania

To say that we’ve had a ‘bit of a run’ on headboards lately would be an understatement – clearly word has got out about how well we make them 🙂

I think many people think that they are a ‘fixed’ furnishing and therefore sometimes unsuitable in a room scheme as they cannot be removed for washing.  However with our covers this is not the case.  We make each one to a specific size through a lovely partner who provides a ‘blank’ for us.  They can be fitted to the wall or the bed and can still be removable due to the modern wonders of Velcro!




We can shape them, pipe them and trim them, all to a client’s specifications and the great thing about ours is that they have a smooth ‘fixed’ finish but with the versatility of a removable cover.  We can even make them to cover existing shapes with ties, as in the picture above.

If you are interested in a cover for an existing headboard or would like a new headboard to spruce up your bedroom then why not drop in to the studio for advice – we are here Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm and look forward to seeing you.

A Coastal Retreat

After that lovely spell of weather last week – let’s ignore this week, especially here in Norfolk!- we got to thinking about all the summer weather we can hopefully look forward to over the coming months.  If you caught any of our Instagram feed this week then you will have seen us talking about one of the new ranges from Sanderson, Embleton Bay, a beautiful range of prints, weaves and wallpapers that  effortlessly blend the serenity of the British coastline with the harmony of nature. Dreamy colourways embody ever-changing landscapes in a collection that evokes favourite memories and a feeling of timeless calm.


Curtains – Seashore, £49/m, Screen – Estuary Birds, £48/m, Blind – Nest Egg, £48/m, all Sanderson


Capturing the essence of this peaceful wilderness, sketchbook drawings and watercolours translate into a range of nine printed fabrics and two embroideries.  Modern toiles and trailing motifs, both digitally and traditionally printed, are accompanied by fine embroideries, weaves and broad linen stripes, imitating the understated textures and finishes found in the natural world.


Curtains – Thistle Garden, £58/m, Chair – Dune, £65/m, both Sanderson


Favourites for us include Nest Egg, Estuary Birds and Sea Houses, which all bring to mind coastal retreats and sunny mornings on our beloved North Norfolk coast as well as the stunning Thistle Garden, incorporating the bold thistle plant with its delicate seed pods, highlighting the variety found in the natural world.


Wallpaper from a selection, £56-£66 per roll, all Sanderson


Blind – Sea Houses, £48/m, Sanderson. Cushions and seating fabrics from a selection – all Sanderson, Embleton Bay.


Pop into the studio to see this collection in its full glory – prints start from £42 per metre, wallpaper from £56 per roll and a free sampling service is available.  We can also make up curtains and blinds in any of these fabrics to add the finishing touches to your coastal retreat and encourage you to revel in the beauty of nature without leaving the house.

We are open Monday to Saturday, 9am – 5pm and one of our trained staff are always happy to assist you with your project whether it is one cushion or a whole house.  We look forward to seeing you soon.


Green Shoots of Spring?

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I don’t know about you, but the weather in this part of Norfolk has been truly horrible this week with mist and fog the whole time, which holds the temperatures down and makes us think of scurrying inside and lighting the fire rather than getting out and looking at all the new Spring growth around us.

Braving the weather this week on a beautiful walk in the National Trust’s Blickling park, staff member Fayanne snapped away at some beautiful greenery which we all tend to forget when thinking about Spring – it’s normally all about the colours of daffodils, crocus and tulips with their showy personalities but let’s not forget about the abundant shades of green which can make your interior spaces feel serene and calm.

Here are a few to feast your eyes on, with plenty more to see if you feel like popping in to the studio in between the April showers, mist and fog!  We are here Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, ready to help you brighten up your home for Spring.


Until next time, make creativity your happy place!


Instagram Roundup

We’ve been busy here in the Studio over the past few months and have been showcasing our work on Instagram where we are gaining followers daily thanks to the talents of Faye who is very creative with her smartphone!   Here are some of the new collections available in the studio – check them out via Instagram, or why not pop in to the studio to have a look.

We are big fans of St Jude’s, having supported this lovely brand since it began in 2005 – they originally had a showroom here in Aylsham before moving to Norwich.  Founders Simon and Angie Lewin collaborate with an eclectic range of artists to create and print unique fabrics and wallpapers and we have had the pleasure of specifying their fabrics and wallpapers over the years – most notably when we recently refurbished The Pigs, a spa hotel and restaurant at Edgfield, near Holt on the North Norfolk coast – if you are passing or planning to stay check out the corridor and the beautiful Squirrel and Sunflower design wallpaper.

Inspired by Land and Sea and the Countryside, two new ranges from Studio G for Clarke & Clarke will certainly get your creative juices flowing!  And if you are local to Norfolk or Suffolk you will be delighted to find that one of the designs, Explorer, depicts tickets of all shapes and sizes and includes many local coastal towns that we all love – Cromer, Holkham, Blakeney and Southwold to name a few.  And the big news here is that for the first time we can order many of these amazing designs as PVC Oilcloth, by the metre, so you can complement your blinds and curtains with a tablecloth that will protect the table at the same time!

Last up on this post is a new range from James Hare, Mikado, which features some very useful small print designs which would be ideal for cushions and other accessories.  These would be ideal teamed with the stunning Mikado design itself – we are particularly drawn to the Rainbow colour in the picture above – an embroidery with intricate patterned stripes which would make a stunning blind!

Until next time, let creativity be your happy place!

Tropics Arrive in Aylsham!

A tropical heatwave has hit the studio this week with the arrival of our new books from Harlequin Fabrics.  Amazilia is a new collection, named after the native South American hummingbird and channels the current trend of bringing the outdoors in with bold botanical designs using exotic imagery.

This collection has been 18 months in the making, with initial research by the Harlequin design team at Kew Gardens studying tropical birds and insects and has culminated in beautiful hand painted designs in varying colour palettes.  The collection includes both fabrics and wallpapers, is bold and bright and prices start from £46.00 per metre for fabric and £42 per roll of wallpaper.

Tips for Using Amazilia in your home

One of the current trends is to have a statement wall in a room, along with light vibrant curtains.

However, if you feel overwhelmed by the use of this much colour why not pick out a few of your favourites from the collection and have a bed throw, cushions or small piece of upholstered furniture to bring a touch of the tropics without too much change.   We don’t always have the luxury of changing our décor regularly so a cushion here and a statement piece of furniture there would enable you to update a scheme without spending a fortune.

This Harlequin range is both bold and inspirational and we think it’s interesting to let you know how collections come to life from conception to execution!  The team at Harlequin have worked hard to bring together this collection and they obviously had a lot of fun photographing it for their clients and ultimately you, the customer.  If you are interested, click on the link below to see how it was photographed in the sunny South of France!  Now, where did I put my cocktail and sunglasses……

Lisa x


Mediterranean Sunshine

The weather the last few days has really brought to mind the scorching days and balmy nights we would normally associate with the Mediterranean at this time of year and coupled with a client who was in the studio yesterday wanting to create a Mediterranean feel for her bedroom, I thought it would be a good idea to offer a bit of inspiration on how to create a cool summer look.

Mediterranean Collage

Team beautiful blues, evocative of the Mediterranean Sea, with crisp white linen or silk and you are immediately transported to a Greek village set into the cliff side with olive and lemon trees in abundance and white shutters keeping out the midday sun.

The floors are stripped and painted and the wall behind the white wrought iron bed provides the focus with a stunning wallpaper such as Cole & Son Albemarle Coleridge in an eye-catching azure and white design, £85.00 per roll.  The other walls are bathed in either a soft white or alternatively Little Greene’s Blue Verditer or Deep Space Blue, both £35.00 for a 2.5l tin of Absolute Matt Emulsion.  Hanging at the windows are Clarke & Clarke Lindow in natural, a viscose and linen mix at £18/m, perfect for diffusing the light or alternatively Harlequin’s Plains Five in Nautical £35.00/metre with a white Regal silk trim from James Hare, £41/metre.

So sit on your patio or in your garden this weekend and be transported to your very own Greek island in the sun.  Now where did I put the Ouzo?

Lisa x


Spirit, Rhythm and Soul – all new from Scion fabrics

If modern tribal designs in a natural palette of rich earthy tones, or fashionable, ultra-modern prints which pay homage to the motifs and colours of the 1970’s are your kind of design, then the new ranges from Scion fabrics are definitely for you.  Complemented by plains in bold, bright or neutral shades these new collections are sure to get your design juices flowing!

Want to revamp the downstairs loo, kitchen or utility but can’t decide on a single colour?  The new ranges have it all – geometrics, stripes, kinetic brights and on-trend nudes – it will make choosing the bathroom or kitchen accessories a doddle – with so much vibrant colour there will be a wealth of plains to suit and really zing up your colour scheme.

Collage Scion Spirit and Soul

The main picture here shows just how versatile these designs are, mixing zig zags, plains and florals, all with amazing eye-catching effect.  Individual fabrics featured include (from left to right, bottom row) Plains Five in Acid £35/m, double width at 275cm; Diva 120277 in Peony/Acid/Sunset – £27/m, 137cm wide; Pivot 131119 in Fuchsia/Pimento – £25/m, 137cm wide; Plains Five in Kingfisher £35/m, double width at 275cm.  From top to bottom (right hand side) Groove 120285 in Grape/Lagoon/Shrimp – £27/m, 137cm wide; Plains Six in Cerise £33/m, 137cm wide; Zsa Zsa 120294 in Chilli/Linen/Peony – £31/m, 137cm wide.

All fabrics are available to order – just pop into the studio and take a look at the pattern books.  We can order you samples of any that you like (a free service) and delivery is normally within 3-4 days once an order has been placed.  We are here Monday to Friday 9.00am until 5.00pm and Saturday 9.00am until 3.00opm.  Look forward to seeing you soon.

Lisa x