Exquisite Wallpapers + Fabrics from Neisha Crosland

We’ve been thinking about wallpaper a lot recently – ways of decorating with small offcuts, brightening up bookshelves and wardrobes… So I was incredibly excited when I stumbled across Neisha Crosland, a fabric and wallpaper designer, whose work was most recently in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ (if you haven’t seen the film, do see it! It had mixed reviews but Mr Lurhmann’s twist on the classic was invigorating. It’s also a great, great novel. We love).

Neisha Crosland Rosa, Strata Stripe, Flamenco Fabrics & D.B.Stripe Rug - Residential

Neisha trained in textiles at Camberwell School of Art where she developed her drawing style. She specialised in print at the Royal College of Art in London, and it was there that she experimented with print technique.

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Neisha is a woman of many talents: she has sold her designs to Marc Jacobs and Lacroix, designed a collection of rugs in collaboration with the Rug Company, a range of tiles with De Ferranti, vinyl flooring with Harvey Maria, a collection of hand embroidered fabrics with Chelsea Textiles, and hand crafted stationery through Harris and Jones. What a list!

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“I suppose I am a bit like a biologist who collects specimens,” Neisha says.

“I collect ideas and motifs and classify them in to designs. I love the way nature organises itself.”

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Neisha add: “I love the way that colour dictates a mood, and how repeat conducts the rhythm in a pattern. I love relocating motifs and putting them into a new context.”

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Just look at Neisha’s bold, vibrant patterns and energetic colours. Although a small property might do better with plenty of white (or pale) walls and reflective surfaces, a feature wall or corner with these luscious prints could really lift the feel of the place and inject some life to the space. You could even try decorating part of your wall with her fabric.

Gentleman's Cap - Meadow Yellow LowPollen - Emerald LowDomino

Neisha and her team have been having an excitingly busy time colour trialling their new wallpaper collection, so there will be plenty more of this beautiful stuff coming your way soon! Her designs aren’t for the faint of heart, but for a real pop and an easy way of introducing yourself to pattern and colour (especially if you are a little scared of vivid shades!), strips of wallpaper or colourful fabrics in the shape of cushions, used on upholstery, or even framed and hung, work like magic.

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Thanks for sharing your work and inspiration with us, Neisha! We can’t wait for your new collection.

Images courtesy of Neisha Crosland.

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Spring into Spring

The Spirit of Summer Fair started today at Kensington Olympia. It’s the 6th year of this event, and I am very excited to be finally going this year. I’d heard of the fair before, but it wasn’t until I said to an interior designer friend that I was going to this “great interiors fair” and she said “oh, Spirit of Summer?” that I thought, “wait a minute! If that’s the first thing that popped into her stylish mind, it must be worth a visit!” So here I am this year, traipsing to the Olympia this Saturday for a peek. I’m often to be found at all kinds of markets and fairs that happen to be on the weekend; the last one I visited was the Country Living Spring Fair, way back in March, so I am definitely ready for another interiors filled event!

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The best thing about these fairs is that you often get to meet the designers/makers, as they tend to pop in to run their stalls (I met Jane Means at Country Living – she’s lovely!). Also, it’s great to be able to support independent, small-medium local businesses – many famous names start off displaying at shows before getting their own shops, or being picked up by Liberty’s or John Lewis (that’s how Joules got going, look at them now). Quite a treat to be able to see the products of such creativity all over Britian, don’t you think?

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A quick look on the Spirit of Summer Fair’s Facebook page already revealed lots of mouth-wateringly delightful stalls and items, e.g. Kelly Hoppen, Je Vous En Prie, and Ladeda Living.

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From jewellery, to clothes, to home furnishings, and bath products, the fair promises to be full of fun and inspiration. Am looking forward to scouting out some up-and-coming purveyors of beautiful things for you lovely readers!

Photos courtesy of Spirit of Summer Fair, House & Garden