I have a split personality when it comes to interiors. Rarely will I be persuaded away from pure brilliant white walls but I also can’t get enough of colour and bold prints. I’m on a constant quest to marry the two in perfect harmony within all the rooms in my home. It’s a challenge but one I’m up for.
Despite my dreams of having a near-finished home by now - we did move in 18 months ago, after all - we’re still only two rooms down/several to go in our renovation plans. I made great strides in the early months and then my ability to make a decision waned somewhat - I blame the long, hot summer of 2018 and needing to make the absolute most of it. Picking up a paintbrush in a stuffy playroom or a gin and tonic on the patio in the evening sunshine? No contest, really.
But after a bit of a decorating break, I feel ready to tackle another room or two and where better to soak up interiors and design inspiration than at Style Library - the custodians of the Morris & Co. archive. Last week, I was honoured to be invited on a behind the scenes tour and to get a closer look at the brand new Melsetter collection - seven prints, seven embroideries and ten wallpapers showcasing the genius of May Morris, William Morris’ insanely talented daughter.
My photos don’t do the collection justice but I hope the give you a feel for how the day went and how truly beautiful the new collection is. Every time I look through them, I pick a new favourite. I think I need to order some samples to place around the house and see how they change with the light and seasons.
The entrance hall and been truly Morris-ed. From the floor to the walls and those incredible upholstered chairs. Just look at them. Stunning, right?
We took part in a block printing workshop which I loved. The results were so pretty that I’m even going to frame mine. I’ll share it over on Instagram when it’s on the wall.
It’s no secret that I love a floral themed wallpaper. Living in the countryside with an overflowing garden, it’s the perfect way of combining the indoors with the out. If I hadn’t already chosen and put paper up in our bedroom, this Melsetter garden room-themed print in indigo rose would have been a contender. Fruit trees, flower heads and birds in flight. What could be more appropriate for a room that overlooks an orchard? Next time!
The study area made me realise what a boring beige room I’ve been working in for the past year. I definitely need to include more colour in our home office. However, what caught my eye the most was the embroidery hoop feature. Now if ever there was a way to introduce more colour and pattern against my white walls, it’s a feature like this. And I have the perfect spot above my fireplace in the living room to recreate a slightly smaller version. Stay tuned!
What do you think of the mix and match cushion collection? I have never been able to get this right. Ever. I don’t like matching cushions but can’t seem to buy single ones and coordinate them very well. This colour and fabric clashing was such an inspiration.
Finally, the fabrics. And the embroideries. I wish I could have better captured the true colour, detail and quality. They were amazing. The lemon tree embroidering couldn’t be more perfect for the summer months, and the mistletoe embroidery would make the most amazing festive table cloth. The Brophy embroidery is an absolute work of art - I’m torn between the bayleaf and indigo colourways - but I keep coming back to the Seasons by May fabric (and wallpaper) with its parakeets, roses, tulips and turning stems. I think I could even be tempted by the indigo colourway despite normally opting for a paler backdrop.
What do you think? And do you have your own favourite/s? I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek behind the scenes of Morris & Co. and the new Melsetter collection. I’m still pinching myself at what a wonderful day it was.