Is summer finally here? As I sit here typing with a view of the sea and the sun shining it certainly feels summery – if not quite tropical!
There are some lovely new textiles out from Clarke & Clarke. “Inspired by the French countryside, the Fougères collection is elegant, charming, classical and contemporary. It has a vintage feel and the palette includes natural, noir, raspberry and citrus”. The pineapple trend seems to be staying on course and Clarke & Clarke have a lovely new print – Ananas – from their Fougères collection. Shown here made up as a lamp shade – this would also look great as a cushion (perhaps piped in a bright pink or lime green?) or as a Roman blind.
My long time favourites Rockett St George never let me down for interior styling – and have plenty to offer with a tropical theme. A pineapple nightlight, vase and ornament can all be snapped up plus melamine plates featuring tropical birds, and don’t forget to add the Toucan snow globe (yes really!) to your basket before you check out. The Barneby Gates pineapple wallpaper, also available from Rockett St George, in pink/ red is another winner for me. This would look great in a cloak room – what a great feature wallpaper. Just looking at it makes me smile!
If you haven’t already, then check out the Rockett St George summer look book here Rocket St George Look Book
I also love the Flamingo print from Clarke & Clarke which is in the Fougères collection. Seen here made up as a Roman blind. Flamingo’s seem to be making something of a comeback right now. I love Cole & Son for wallpapers and if you want to stick with tropical try Palm Jungle or, of course, Flamingos from their Contemporary Restyled collection.
I recently discovered Dar Leone– at the May Design Series. Founded by Isatu Funna they are a London based soft furnishings company who design globally inspired textiles, wallpaper, cushions and travel accessories which are printed and hand made in the UK. Fanjul is “inspired by a Barbadian garden with its exotic array of fan and banana palms”. I also love Cocody – “reminiscent of sea shells in flight”. These designs would certainly work well with a tropical theme.
If you’d like to bring the tropics to your UK interior then I hope the above helps – and, of course, anyone with a pad in the Caribbean in need of refurbishment please do get in touch. I have lots of ideas and I am more than happy to help. I do think a site visit would be needed…