Glorious New Printed Velvets


Velvet is popping up on fall runway this season as pictured above in the latest range from Ralph Lauren. This trend is resonating through out interior design. Here’s a few glorious printed velvets at WDL.

Lelievre-Ali Baba

Lelievre-‘Ali Baba’

Vervain-Arts and Crafts

Vervain-‘Arts and Crafts’

Zoffany  Tespi collection

Zoffany – ‘The Gondolier’ from the Tespi collection

Sailing themes and America’s Cup

Pierre Frey Panarea Wellington Design Library

In design much inspiration comes from the activities that surround us and in turn design also inspires emotion.

At WDL we think these designs mirror the hope and excitment surrounding America’s Cup – whether you like the billowy sails, the swaying ocean or perhaps those strapping lads at the helm, we hope, like all great design, they’ll strike a chord with you!

(Fabric photographed above: the stunning Pierre Frey Panarea)

Seascape from Warwick wellington library design Anchorage from Unique fabrics wellington design library

Above Seascape from Warwick Fabrics and Anchorage from Unique fabrics

Camengo Regate Wellington Design Library    Duralee Oceanview Wellington Design Library 


Above Camengo Regate and the very colourful Duralee 

Paisley Revival


Paisley has been spotted all over the Spring/Summer 2013 runways and appeared across the catwalk during London Fashion Week.





The distinctive swirling pattern has long and varied history, involving interior furnishings, Scottish shawls, and the swinging sixties. And it all began way out East.


Left: A beautiful linen design titled ‘Raipur’, in colour Grigio, by Brochier. Available through Atelier Textiles










‘Arles’ in Rouge Provencale by Pierre Frey and embroidered ‘Makasar’ by Baker Lifestyle

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Heirloom Paisley’ in Paprika/Leaf by Mulberry Home and ‘Kiraly’ by Designs of the Time

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‘Amasura’ by No. 9 Thompson and ‘Pierrot le Fou’ in colour Spa by Fabricut

Spectacular tiles


Decorative tiles have adorned the façades of ancient Persian temples, Islamic mosques, palaces, medieval cottages and castles, Victorian churches, and modern homes.

Ceramic tiles can be used to fantastic effect creating a dramatic space within a modern interior. A space that is both spectacular and bold, eclectic, and tailored to the individual.

Floor tiles are generally made of ceramic or stone, however with recent technological advances rubber and glass tiles are now readily available from flooring specialists.




The room was full and overflowing


_DSC0023David Trubridge is rather clever. He’s also a keen sailor and  a bit of an adventurer.

In 1972, he graduated with a degree in Naval Architecture (Boat Design) and then he taught himself to make furniture.

Now, David is a New Zealand-based designer whose lighting, furniture and sculptural installations are found all over the world.

On Thursday, he gave an insightful presentation about the prints he has designed for Hemptech and his latest creative adventure, So Far, a book about his journey as an artist and designer.

With such beautiful design and photography… it was a real treat.







Designs of the Time



Last week, Leah and Blair from James Dunlop gave a fantastic presentation, at the Wellington Design Library, of the new Designs of the Time range.

It’s a well-travelled collection taking inspiration from Africa, Scandinavia, and the Orient. Take a nomadic journey with Bohemian-Chic style and a little bit of Gipsy love.

The many patterns and materials define the rhythm of the collection, offering a glimpse of faraway lands.







Look at the gorgeous patterns and such fabulous colourways!









Dreaming of a far away land


We’re dreaming of traveling to exotic lands… taking the train, navigating by sea, maps we still get lost with, wandering the streets in a city we can’t speak the language of, and ordering cappuccino senza spuma with just the right amount of difficulty.



‘Compass’ by Unique Fabrics in Ocean and Antique colourways


Get lost in the Underground with ‘Mind the Gap’

by Linwood from Designers International


‘World’  by Hertex Fabrics for Designers International

‘London’ and ‘Trade Routes’ designed by Zoffany

‘Compass’ by Unique Fabrics in Ocean

Artisan Leather


Mankind has used animal hides since the Paleolithic age. It still looks and feels luxurious in contemporary interiors today.


Warwick Fabrics have just introduced the Thomas Maxwell Artisan Leathers to its extensive furnishing fabrics range. The leather is strong, with rich colour and beautiful grain that will be stunning in any interior space.

Thomas Maxwell Leathers are Bovine Cattle hides, of premium European selection, tanned and drum dyed in Italy. The range consists of ‘Le Monde’ lightly buffed, pigmented and embossed, ‘Lavelle’ lightly buffed and finished with oils and natural waxes and ‘London Club’ lightly buffed and finished with a vintage waxed pull up effect.

We have individual hangers for you take away, enjoy, and share with your clients.


Take a look at the gorgeous range of colour and texture!




Imagination and Happiness


Bring a playful pop of colour, a little bit of imagination, and a lot of happiness and delight to every child’s room!

We have some wonderful new additions to our children’s ranges from Harlequin, Unique Fabrics, and Jane Churchill for Atelier Textiles. These give a bright pop and a sparkle of life when paired with solid colour or textured fabrics such as the smooth velvets by James Dunlop.


We love the new kid’s collection ‘All About Me!’


Take a stroll down ‘Boutique Boulevard’ with Harlequin


Let the imagination wander with fairies, flowers, and beautiful embroidered butterflies!

‘Nursery Tales’ book from Atelier Textiles by Jane Churchill


Gorgeous ‘Velluti’ velvet from James Dunlop and ‘Sweet Hearts’ design by Harlequin


Bright and playful fabrics make great inspiration for bedtime stories,

counting and ‘I Spy’ games.


Everyone loves Thomas!

‘Nursery Tales’ book from Atelier Textiles by Jane Churchill


Make friends and play in Unique Fabrics ‘Enchanted Forest’


Have fun and add a sprinkle of colour with ‘Sum’,

‘Chocks Away’, and ‘Sail Away’ by Harlequin

Velvet Revolution

Velvet Revolution - Warwick Velvets

We had a wonderful afternoon hosting Velvet Revolution last Friday.


Velvet was first introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants. Traditionally made from silk and associated with nobility, in 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in velveto.
Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which cut threads create a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel. The word ‘velvety’ is used as an adjective to mean “smooth like velvet.”


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