Give January a little oomph…

5th January 2018

When the Christmas lights come down and the tinsel is packed back up in the loft, the house without the festive decorations can feel a little deflating. We miss the tree we’ve gotten used to being in the corner and the sparkles all around. But each year, instead of dwelling on the fun we had in December, we go into the New Year wanting to spruce up the house a little and inject some new colours and designs to brighten up the rooms and give them new life now the decorations have come down.

We’ll talk you through some incredibly easy things we’re going to do…


  1. Change the curtains

Since it’s still winter and we live with the curtains closed quite a lot of the time when we get home from work, it’s important we love the pattern that’s on our curtains or blinds. Since we tend to like deeper and darker colours during the winter and lighter brighter ones during the summer, we have a few pairs to rotate that we made ourselves and some that we keep on the windows year round.

Two patterns we love in curtains right now (though admittedly it’s hard to choose as they all work well!) are Trellis and Compton.

2. The tablecloth

When we think about the time we spend in the home as a family or when we have friends over, much of that time is spent around the table talking and laughing. So let’s make it even lovelier with a brand new tablecloth in a pretty design! We have so many William Morris licensed designs and some original French Floral designs from our French archive from the late 1800s – early 1900s. Many of these are available in a standard cotton and in a pvc fabric so you can wipe it clean after any foodie spills!

3. The cushions 

We sell our fabric by the half metre, so they’re perfect for all your crafts – one thing we love to do is recover some old cushions which gives the settee a new lease of life – nothings worse than well worn cushions! You can also recover old dining room chairs and lampshades. Many of our lovely customers have done this with our fabric and they’re so lovely. We once bought an antique dining room set and the chairs were ever so slightly tattered, so we recovered them with Willow Bough Blue and they looked so lovely – upcycling is the best!

These are some before and afters of one customers chair project, can you believe the difference!

4. The Kitchen

The kitchen is one of our favourite rooms in the house, and one that’s so easy to customise throughout the year and change out different aspects. Something so simple as changing the tea towel and apron that are hung on the oven really change the look of the room. We love hanging the oven gloves over the oven rail so they’re always handy, a bright and beautiful pattern makes an ordinary household necessity so much better!

How do you like to change your interiors round now it’s January? Let us know!