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William Morris: Possibly the best wallpaper designer of all time?

‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’ 

This was William Morris’ approach to design and I often return to it when I’m thinking about making my home lovelier or simply decluttering. It’s so easy to follow.

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More iconic wallpapers. Blog #2

More iconic wallpapers. Blog #2

06/06/2018 14:35 - Victoria Cramsie

Second in our series of #WallpaperWednesday blogs about iconic wallpapers.

Timorous Beasties founders Ali McAuley and Paul Simmons have some pretty high-brow ambitions for their designs. ‘They are devoted to how…a universal connection between art, nature and society…impacts as pattern design in our daily experience of furnished spaces.’

Yes I’m sure. But I like them best when they surprise a laugh.  

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What makes an iconic wallpaper design? Blog #1

What makes an iconic wallpaper design? Blog #1

30/05/2018 14:44 - Victoria Cramsie

Orla Kiely’s rounded leaf pattern, Stem, is so popular it functions as a trade mark. 

It can be found on wares from notebooks to mugs to cushions.  It even featured on a Citroen car!

So why did her design become such a classic? 

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Silk.

Silk.

25/05/2018 13:03 - Victoria Cramsie

Silk. Silky. Silken.

We use the words to describe everything from chocolate to shampoo to a persuasive tone of voice. 

It’s a wonderfully sensuous description whether applying to touch, taste, sight or hearing. It conjures up images of something smooth, lustrous, soft, fine, flowing, touchable, luxurious.

Everything that silk is.  

Well, actually, not everything ...

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What are the worst wallpapers out there?

What are the worst wallpapers out there?

23/05/2018 16:41 - Victoria Cramsie

Which are the Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

I ask because sometimes it’s impossible to know what you want until you see what you don’t…

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Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week

21/05/2018 18:30 - Victoria Cramsie

There are loads of exciting inspirational design fairs from the vast and venerable Ideal Homes (now in its 110th year) to the dinky Houzz of 2018 which was held in a single house in Soho. 

This week is a favourite of mine – Clerkenwell Design Week

It covers everything from furniture to lighting and textiles to accessories and is set in an area with more creative businesses per square mile than anywhere in the world (plus a lot of trendy coffee shops and foodie hubs).

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Linen – can’t get enough of that beautiful stuff.

Linen – can’t get enough of that beautiful stuff.

18/05/2018 07:30 - Victoria Cramsie

Just one thing to say this week: Linen.

You may have noticed a nationwide campaign in April called I Love Linen

I spotted it at Jigsaw, but it is supported by myriad retailers and designers from Vivienne Westwood to John Lewis. Ethics, quality and sustainability are at the heart of the campaign and I, for one, am thrilled to cheer it on. 

If you missed it there’s a great site you can visit: I Love Linen

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Which Came First?

Which Came First?

16/05/2018 15:24 - Victoria Cramsie

I’ve made thirteen wallpaper designs since we launched in 2009.

Dragons and dinosaurs for my boys when they were little, planes and robots for the aerophiles and technophiles, adventurous girls for the little women, stripes and jigsaw pieces in response to requests for something more abstract.  

But this is the only one I made just for me.

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Oh brother! (and sister).

Oh brother! (and sister).

14/05/2018 16:46 - Victoria Cramsie

I’ve just realised that my two signature wallpaper designs feature sibling relationships.

I shouldn’t be surprised because I made the first wallpaper for my twin sons and I was brought up with one sister but there you are. 

Hadn’t properly noticed until I was looking for a present for my sister’s birthday this week and vaguely wondering if I could get away with a couple of rolls of General Miss Chief (I really can’t).

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Velvet

Velvet

11/05/2018 16:48 - Victoria Cramsie

I love velvet. 

I always wanted a Weimaraner dog mainly because they look and feel like the most luxurious silver-grey hammered velvet.

I only gave up on my dream of having one when I realized they need 6 hours of running about a day, and chase deer and – long story short - I settled for a pup that looks more like the slut-wool that gathers under the kitchen cabinets but is happy just to trot round the block now and again.

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