There are many essentials to my life, but I thought I would talk about one in particular : calico. This is such a versatile and affordable fabric. Honest and practical, it adds a noble note to a room. It has many uses not only for furnishings including making toiles or patterns when creating clothes. Christian Dior used it as interlining to stabilise and add structure to his costumes, and of course it makes great dust covers for protecting furniture. I like to use it for curtains and blinds and also as curtain linings. It drapes well and you can use generous quantities without feeling guilty about blowing your budget. Many years ago a client asked me to stencil a Greek key border onto some calico curtains to dress the windows in her antique shop. They were very successful. Stylish yet affordable. When I was creating the kitchen library in our country house I thought I would repeat the idea. Calico works with both modern and traditional furniture. I also like to have a few meters put aside in case I am feeling creative. You can print, dye or stencil calico to create sumptuous fabrics as well.
Hi I am Elizabeth an interior designer who lives in Melbourne, Australia in a little Californian Bungalow cottage with my partner, Max, who is also an Interior Designer, and our beloved furry children, Doris & Ernest. I believe that design can make our lives more rewarding and productive. I love, architecture and design theory but my everyday passion is fabrics and decoration, as I don't think we should get too serious but have fun with our homes and enjoy the process of creating our own environments. I am interested in classic cars, and collect Georgian and Mid Century furniture.