One of the especially satisfying things about blogging is when you receive an email from a company that you totally love. The colours, the prints, the style – everything.
It happened recently when Nadia from textile and cushion brand Penelope Hope got in touch. I was already aware of her fabric collections – how can you miss them ? They’re so colourful and fearless. The opportunity for us to work together was too good to miss !
I received a bundle of goodies in the post to study, including the coolest cushions I have seen in a while, adorable material samples and a metre of ‘ Pina Colada ‘ fabric from the ‘ Cocktails and Dreams Collection ‘ in blue to make a little something for our home. I didn’t know where to start, I felt like a kid in a sweet shop.
Well, I can tell you that the fabrics are extremely good quality and the patterns are bold and stand out as something really exciting and fresh. I love the contrasting palettes and the vibrancy of each one.
Every single pattern is created by Nadia who uses hand sketching, photography, ink and acrylic painting as well as digital design, so a flexible approach to her work which results in really detailed and unique products. It’s interesting to know that the brand are committed to printing and producing their textiles in the UK.
Although Penelope Hope is a relatively newbie on the interiors scene – they have already made quite a big impression and turned the heads of Elle Decoration Gallery Magazine to name a few – and I reckon it’s just the start of big things for them.
Back to the fabrics. I want to tell you a bit more about the current range …
The Oresome range is made of foiled fabrics and oozes on trend glamour. Copper and golds, silvers and gunmetal. My jumper says it all ! It’s going to be a fight over our ‘ Happy ‘ cushion. We’ll take it in turns, I think :)
Using classic geometrics like this herringbone and dogtooth, they are printed on to a silk twill and also a heavyweight cotton. Screenprinted by hand in small batches, they are limited edition, all called either an emotion or feeling. Adore, Lucky, Lust, Wish, Covet … Perfect names.
Then you have ‘ Plunge Collection ‘ which is inspired by and in homage to Guernsey where Nadia grew up ( and it is incidentally a place close to my heart too ) – where she remembers playing in rock pools, eating fish and chips and the salty spray of the sea. The prints are a kaleidoscopic and fragmented variation of her original artwork. The colours are blues and greens as you might imagine. They co – ordinate well with the others or just on they own. They have silk satin piping and feather inserts.
‘ Marbelous ‘ is a capsule collection which is 100% silk satin with wonderful marbled print inspired by minerals and granite. The colours are quite incredible and I would like to stare at the swirls for ages. Mixing up total luxury with a huge splash of fun. Love it.
As I mentioned earlier I use some of the ‘ Cocktails and Dreams ‘ fabric in a little project – a yoga floor cushion. Yeah – I will start doing some classes soon, now I have this ! What do you think of this print design ?
Not only are there pineapples in different colour ways, there are also palm trees, tiles, cocktails of colour and even ‘ Picking Coconuts ‘ which is one of my favourites.
I piped the edges with a strong pink – like it with the blue ? I’m looking forward to using it and dreaming of an exotic holiday.
if you’d like to find out more about Penelope Hope then you can find their website here. You’ll also soon be seeing a collaboration with them and Swoon Editions in the New year on armchairs. Can’t wait for that !
In the meantime I have an exclusive discount code for you. If you spend over £15 in the store – you will receive 10% off. Just add LUCYLOVESYA at checkout. The offer lasts for 3 months from now. Enjoy !
Which is your favourite print ? Or do you love all of them too ?
Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – As ever, I would love to hear from you.
All images are taken by me – Lucy Loves Ya.
I was sent the products for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions are my own.