New Prints and Jacquards from Prestigious Textiles for Autumn/Winter

It's been a couple of weeks now since I visited Prestigious Textiles at their stand in the Hilton at Syon Park as part of the London Design Festival to see their Autumn/Winter ranges. I liked the ranges I saw then and I still do. I took pictures of my own on the day but they don't compare to the official images for each range, so I'm using those instead in this post - and I'm sure you'll agree they are just gorgeous!

There's florals, bold patterns, silks, velours, rich palettes, some with a scandi-type feel as well as pastels and brights - so there really is something for everyone. I saw the first six ranges I'm showing below, and the seventh is one that I've a feeling will do well and has brought a furnishing favourite bang up to date, so let's get going...

1. Eclipse

This range is full of sumptuous deep pinks which are set off by just a little bit of shimmer. But it's not all pinks as the browns and earthy green and blue ensure it's not too girly. My favourite fabric in this range is shown best in the third photograph, the shimmering brown with the textured stripes looked great, and it was the one fabric I found myself holding onto as we talked about the range.

Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles

2. Mardi Gras

This whole range is fresh and colourful and it's quite fun too. I loved the paisley design shown on the chairs below - and just had to include this photo as isn't the room gorgeous? There's definitely a hint of tropical rainforest in this range and with its butterfly fabric - there's also a macaw fabric - it's fun too, and while this would look good in a breakfast room I don't think it needs to be restricted to there, as the photos show.

Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles

3. Grand Palais

This range is full of rich and detailed patterns that somehow are moody (in a good way) too! There's embroidered linens - just look at the cushion in the second photo, large checks, embellished bands and digitally-printed velvets all in jewel like colours.

Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles

And well I just had to share the pretty bike photo, didn't I?

4. Cube

This range has strong geometric and modern designs which I think work well on the printed cotton. Spots, zigzags, hexagons and 3D cubes used alone or together mean this is a range that I think will make a big impact wherever it's used. My favourite in this range is the hexagon pattern shown in the second photo - such a simple pattern, but so effective - and for me one that could be used in almost any home alongside  existing furnishings.

Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles

5. Safari

 I liked this range too, for me it's the luxurious look and that shimmer. There's contrasts too with crisp embroidered satins alongside foil-printed velvets. I am rather partial to the greens in this range, I find them calming and elegant and for me the range brings a contemporary touch to traditional.

Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles

6. Java

 I love this range, I think it's very liveable - the brochure says exuberant and I think that's right. It's fun and there's Scandi-like hints here too for me and I think this has the potential to be a very versatile range. And I love the idea of a tablecloth and coordinating napkins. I think the patterns bring an informality and funky vibe and this is a fabric I can see myself using. In fact, I've got a couple of things in mind already.

Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles

7. Velour

This is the range that I think brings an old furnishing favourite up to date. I mean there's 35 colours in this range - yes 35! And it seems a far cry from the drab velour I have memories of. I remember mum recovering our sofa a very long time ago with a mink brown velour, just imagine what she could have done with these instead!

And yes, why stop at one colour with so many to choose from - and you know what, those clever people at Prestigious Textiles have ensured they match the other ranges, so there really is no limit to what you can do.

Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles
Photo credit: Prestigious Textiles

Spending a rainy afternoon looking at fabrics was great fun and left feeling totally inspired. Thank you to everyone I met at Prestigious Textiles for showing me the ranges and explaining how the ranges come together. And watch this space for some of the craft projects I have in mind, I told you I left feeling inspired...

Of the ones I've featured here, I think the Java range is the most useable here, but you may have already picked up on that. It's hard though to choose a favourite overall as each could be used in so many ways, but I'm interested to know which range appeals to you - let me know in the comments.

This is a collaborative post with Prestigious Textiles, however all words and opinions are my own.

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Word of the week: Peppy

Yes Peppy. Not a word I've used a lot before, but it's one I think I could be using more. It's an informal word meaning energetic, vivacious, lively and I really have had the peppiest of weeks!

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It was one that started with the return of summer weather, which is always welcome! So after some pottering around Saturday morning - that's what the best Saturday morning's are made for right, we decided to take advantage of the weather and tackle some gardening. After filling the trugs quite a few times, the jasmine at the back is under control again and a rampant vine which had appeared from our neighbours and climbed almost to the top of our cherry tree has been tamed. There were quite a few trips back and forth emptying those trugs into the green bin, and actually most of those were delegated to MOH.

Sunday was another nice day so we headed out on our bikes, stopping off in the Bow Creek Cafe for brunch again before cycling towards the Woolwich Foot tunnel to return to the south side. As we got there we spotted a ferry arriving so instead opted to take the boat across the Thames instead. Quite an experience and cycling off the boat in front of the cars certainly gave me an incentive to get up the ramp pretty sharpish!

Back on dry land we turned left and headed east along the Thames Path in search of more blackberries. Again with mixed results, although along with the ones I'd already picked it wasn't so bad - there's enough for some jam! There still seems quite a lot of unripened berries there so I think our timing was wrong. As always the cycle home is uphill and for the second time my chain decided to pop off. It's becoming quite the thing and while it's not appreciated, at least we're getting quicker at putting it back on again. It was also a reminder that I hadn't bought the muliti-tool I promised myself so that if I needed to I could fix this myself.  And yes, it's now been ordered and delivered safely, so no doubt my chain will stay in place now!

Monday the rain was back and I was heading over to Syon Park in Brentford to see the new ranges from Prestigious Textiles. It meant a train into London and then out again, but it was pretty easy and the fact I knew where I was going helped - we went there last year to see the Enchanted Woodland. I had a great afternoon seeing the new ranges and hearing how the designs are sourced and where the inspiration comes from. I'll share more from my visit in a separate post, and I'm already sure there'll be at least a couple of craft projects on the back of this.

Tuesday I had the porch decorated. A few weeks back we had a decorator here building a cupboard around the meter and fuse board. Now the walls and ceiling have been freshened up too and it's ready for the next stage. That's where I think those Prestigious Textiles-based craft projects will come in, but for now I'm very pleased with my small beige porch.

MY LITTLE BEIGE BOX OF A PORCH

MY LITTLE BEIGE BOX OF A PORCH

Wednesday was the busiest day of the week and it started early with a shopping delivery. And wouldn't you know it, the time I choose an early slot I'm first on the delivery list. Then I was off into town to see some of the London Design Festival exhibitions. I started off at Somerset House seeing amongst other things the Ten Designers and then I headed over to Olympia for a browse around 100%Design. I fell in love with a couple of things there and I hope they're picked up by the retailers. Again more posts to come, but my day wasn't over yet.

In the afternoon I headed over to Stratford, heading straight there from Olympia on the London Overground. Yes it was slow, but I had a seat and could read my book so I didn't notice. I met MOH and we headed to the Olympic Stadium to watch France vs Romania. I have said quite publicly that I'm French (apart from when I'm English) for this tournament.  We were sitting amongst quite a few French supporters and MOH turned to me during La Marseillaise and told me I shouldn't be singing it. I wasn't actually singing it, how could I I don't know the words - but I did perhaps hum the tune!

Yesterday was a much less adventurous day, but it involved a fair bit catching up online and making some courgette vanilla cupcakes. Yes courgette - I wanted to try something different to the more usual chocolate courgette cake, and these are different. They're also a fat-free version and I think if anything are sweeter than usual cakes. There was supposed to be icing on top, but I'm not sure they'll be around for that long.

And today I'm off back into town to see what else of London Design Festival I can see. 

So yes, it's been quite a peppy week for me, how about you?

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