Interior Design Goes Bridal!

It’s around Spring that we start to notice the worlds of interior design and fashion design over-lapping as trends cross back and forth. Designers are enthusing about fabrics that we like to describe as ‘bridal’ and below we’ve found some truly romantic examples:-

The smoky embroidered charm of a gently puckered silk that is reminiscent of a Victorian corset and train, right the way up to the striking ivory silks that wouldn’t look out of place on a Vera Wang!

If you’re tying the knot over the coming weeks remember that the love affair with our home can be a long and lovely thing to celebrate too.

The Joy of Jouy

18th Century French Toile de Jouy fabric is undergoing a 21st century spin with many fabric houses, the bold colour palettes reviving the original spirit of these magnificent fabrics making them anything but what your granny would choose.


 Timorous Beasties in Glasgow pioneered the ‘urban-chic’ toile look perfectly and a decade later other companies are following this exciting trend.


Looking forward to a colourful Spring?

This week we were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the gorgeous new collection by Zimmer and Rohde being launched in Paris soon. The colours have a retro but refreshed feel…

 …and work beautifully with their furniture…..

 …the feather design of this fabric also tickled our fancy….

 …if after seeing such a dazzling new collection you may need a rest, Zimmer are now making very smart bedclothes too! 

 For further information please contact us at Kettle Design.

Fabrics from the moon…

 Happy New Year from us all at Kettle Design and we hope you had a relaxing break. The dark mornings and dark nights can turn our thoughts to cheerful colours and the new exciting products of 2015. With this in mind we have discovered a fantastic collection of weird and wonderful fabrics from Pierre Frey called ‘Collection Boussac’. Our favourite is ‘Spoutnik’

This amazing velvet folds in random crenulations and can best be described as looking like a screwed up piece of paper. We can’t wait to turn this in to futuristic blinds and duvet covers that look like sleeping in the coolest waste paper basket. At last, a good excuse not to make the bed!

Available to see at our showroom at 147 Telegraph road, Heswall, Cheshire.

Christmas Old and New…

This week we had the enormous pleasure and privilege to explore the fantastic collection of antiques at Thornton Manor in Cheshire. Amongst our favourite items were the Napoleonic thrones made for the King of Denmark’s Paris apartment which have self-inflating cushions for comfort (and no more plumping!) several gorgeous matching pairs of Japanese imari ginger jars and an unforgettable caddy shaped in the head of a French Bulldog.
As we were led blinking from one Alladin’s cave to the next, it became obvious that antiques are as fashionable and relevant in today’s interiors than ever. Simultaneously an investment and a thing of joy, antiques can compliment contemporary homes in unexpected and charming ways and we felt a real sense of creative excitement at the prospect of using them in todays interiors.
A special thanks to Mr Cowan for showing us around the beautiful Thornton Manor. We will be featuring a regular spot on antiques, how to incorporate or adapt them like the Imari vases turned into lamps below.
If you have any questions  please visit or e mail the studio and we’ll offer our suggestions and advice. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year      249899.jpg    charleston-antiques-dog-tobacco-storage.jpg



 This week we have received a delivery of a beautiful bed throw for one of our lovely clients.

 A beautiful detailed ‘vermicelli’ design throw that is perfect for any bedroom.  

We teamed two luxurious fabrics; for the main face fabric shimmering viscose velvet from Ardecora printed with an all over ornamental motif which melts into the sheen of the velour, and for the hand stitched border and reverse an elegant silk with linen yarn floating on the surface from Sacho; to produce an unashamedly luxurious item which completes their new bedroom to perfection.

 Different quilting techniques can create alternative themes, whether it’s a retro feel or a modern look that you want, changing the style of stitching can help you create the perfect look.

 Quilting has evolved throughout the years and the variety of options is endless.  You can have any design on any type of fabric and the limitations are only in your imagination. Whether it’s a large box – stitched quilt, which is more classical and timeless, or a sleek serpentine running around a border, whatever image or pattern you have in mind can be customised to enhance your design making quilting a fun way to enliven any interior. 

The Perfect Autumn Rug

 The Perfect Autumn Rug

This unique rug is made from recycled suede leather cut into the shape of oak leaves.
It is a fabulous assault on the senses resembling so closely a pile of autumn leaves.

 We first saw this collection in Paris at the Maison En Object back in September, where the manufacturing company won the Red Dot Award for its high quality and innovative designs.

The rug forms part of a collection which has been inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us. And in keeping with that ethos, no chemicals or finishing products are used in the manufacturing process creating an eco-responcible recycled product !

A sample of this rug and other collections from the same manufacturer can be viewed at our Kettle Design studio.   

Naturally Stunning

 This week we would like to introduce to you the exquisite new Boracay Collection from Arte.

 The wallcoverings within the collection are made from natural plant fibres using an environmentally friendly manufacturing process to meet the strictest environmental standards. 

 Since Arte was founded in 1981 it has been known for its  wallcoverings, this new collection is a wonderful departure ranging from iridescent colours to natural hues…. the banana leaf wallpaper shown above and water hyacinth leaves shown below are two particular favourites, the collection is available to view in our studio.


Carl Robinson

 We are delighted to welcome the ‘Carl Robinson’ brand to our growing collection of high end partners with whom we work.

This exciting range of wallpapers and fabrics will be in our Heswall studio in the next few weeks.

Below are some of the wonderful creations contained within the collections.

 ’ Blenheim’ wallpaper at £ 112.00 per roll

'Clifford ‘ wallpaper 

 ‘Arnot’ wallpaper

 Carl Robinson was born to a prominent designer in England, and his father's father was a noted designer as well.

Robinson started his career working for his father then worked at Burlington Wallcoverings and also Graham & Brown in England. By 2000, he was serving as a consultant for Wallquest, Inc., one of the world's most innovative wallpaper manufacturers, whose brands include Pelican Prints, Fairwinds Studios, Sandpiper Studios and Printers Guild Productions. Finally, in 2003, Robinson joined the Wallquest team on a full-time basis and today is the company's Design Director.

"I love what I do," Robinson says. "From a business perspective, the most satisfying thing is when you know you've got orders. It means people are interested in what you've created, that they're excited about it. And when you walk onto the shop floor and there are large rolls there, rolls with patterns you designed, and lots of them, you feel like you've created something special. You want people to appreciate and enjoy what you do; that's ultimately what it's all about."

 Robinson lives with his wife, Melissa, and their son Harry in Pennsylvania. Robinson laughs when asked how proud and pleased he'd be if Harry someday elects to follow in the family tradition. "I'd be very interested in seeing that happen if that's what Harry wants," Robinson says. "I think I have a great job. If he picks it up from me or if it's really in his blood, I'd be thrilled."

 Carl Robinson

Louise Bourgoin

 Louise Bourgoin for Pierre Frey

This dramatic fresh new collection designed by French Actress Louise Bourgoin.
The collection is entirely black and white and comprises of three prints on linen, one cotton voile, and a wallpaper, with co-ordinating rugs and ceramic plates. 

With Louise’s focus on her acting career, her love for drawing was put on hold but never extinguished. She was known for sketching her fellow actors and giving them away as gifts to those around her. 


However, fate intervened when a neighbour introduced her to Patrick Frey. He was immediately taken by the fluid, unapologetic lines of her pen & ink drawings and offered to feature them for the Maison Pierre Frey.