Friday, 26 April 2013

Cream chaise longue for wedding market?

Is it right to be reading Bride Magazines, attending wedding fayres and wondering into Bridal shops when you're happily married?

We have no wedding invitations in the pipeline; my days of being Mother-of-the-Bride are decades away and I'm not (for the time being at least!) looking for a second husband...

My other half thinks I'm behaving oddly. No surprises there. He still thinks it's strange to rinse the sauce off my baked beans.... Anyway, my excuse for embracing the wedding sector is that I'm doing market research.... My usual answer when out shopping!

Q. So, will our lavish chaise longue appeal to wedding shops, bridal suites of hotels or events?

Pure indulgence, this hand carved chaise has been totally upholstered in a rich heavy weight embossed cream fabric and finished with a delicate lace trim and stylish silver military buttons.

Is this an aisle I should pursue?

Sunday, 17 March 2013

We're Sew excited to be featured in Sew Magazine again...


Following our upholstery project last month, we're delighted to be featured again in Sew magazine. This time, our Cath Kidston loveseat is featured in the Reader letters section of the magazine for April. Thank you lovely ladies at Sew...

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Retro revamp

All sewn up. A stunning pair of statement chairs totally upcycled and ready to go...

Transformed from classic 1970s vinyl to lavish luxury in vivid orange and electric blue.

Before and after pictures below:



Adorned with a sombrero and lilo...

We're not off on our hols until late Summer and frankly I'm fed up with doing the school run in my bobble hat, looking like the sister of Where's Wally. Okay, who I am kidding? I know I'm more like his Mother...

Anyway, in a mad moment to crank up the heat, I started to look for inspirational interiors to inject a subtle splash of tropical paradise into my own home.

And that's when the new wallpaper collection by Eijffinger caught my eye. I'm not sure I'll add a palm tree to the corner of my room or display a pair of coconuts, but these bright and innovative wallpaper designs are fresh and zingy and coupled with a calamondin give a real sense of being out in the beating sun with all the zest and fun of Summer.

I've resisted the temptation to dust down my lilo, but my Sombrero is always within grabbing distance in the depths of my wardrobe so bring on the Summer. Tequila anyone?

For more feel good wallpapers from the range check out:

Friday, 15 February 2013

We're in The News today!

We're featured in The News today, talking about the value of great British products. We're proud to use natural materials whenever we can, including horse hair, but I assure you, there's no horse meat in our sofas!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

And on the subject of love...

Valentine's Day is looming so we've added some non edible, sneeze-free pictures to our showroom at The Packhouse today.   A whole bunch cheaper than flowers ...

Made in Britain and proud of it!

Like many new businesses, when we initially decided to go for it, we had big dreams combined with little time and money. We worked with a friend in Scotland to design an effective website to showcase our collection and we highlighted some ‘before and after’ pictures of a sofa transformation to demonstrate the traditional methods we use. But above all, we wanted to be genuinely different. We thought long and hard about our ethos and values and made the decision to buy British fabrics wherever possible, only use traditional and ethical upholstery methods (such as our use of horsehair, rather than the typical foam) and we up-cycle as much as we can from charity furniture stores.

Here's a monster sized Union Jack collage which we created a few years ago using old denim jeans, a bedspread and some red velvet actually from my own wedding dress. It's a bit like Marmite; you either love it or hate it!

We encourage our customers to use luxury linens and indulgent velvets from British designers and tweed weavers, a trend that is hitting the British clothing manufacture industry too. Everyone is familiar with great British brands such as Mulberry, Barbour, John Smedley and The Savile Row Company but there is a great British revival on the High Street right now too. For instance, if you type "Made in Britain" into the search bar on the Topshop site you’ll see a new range of home-grown wardrobe essentials. The good old days where Made In Britain is a badge of prestige and heritage are back and we’re really excited about that. In fact, just today I bought myself a tiny little  t-shirt (okay, who am I kidding?...) Anyway, can't wait to geek out in this hot-to-trot number:
Make it British is a fabulous source of information on British-made brands and UK manufacturing. For more information about British craftsmanship, visit
What's your favourite British brand?


Sunday, 3 February 2013

NEWS - Liberty Rose Interiors featured in new HouseBeautiful book

A HouseBeautiful Home Business
How to start a successful interiors, housewares or furniture business from home

By Emma Jones

Due to publish March 2013

'A HouseBeautiful Home Business' is for anyone who has a passion, skill or hobby for interiors and an interest in turning this into a business. They may be creating personalised cushions for friends and family and dreaming of doing this full time or have a way with putting a room together that could be turned into a successful business.

With clear steps, useful links and expert advice, this book is an essential guide to turn a talent into a business, and share it with friends and family who are doing the same!

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword by Julia Goodwin

Who is This Book For?

Coming up with an idea
Beautiful Business: Liberty Rose Interiors
Beautiful Business: Yellow Book Interiors

Business plan

Registering the company
Household admin

Your business's first impression
Beautiful Business: POSH
Protect the brand

Your tech set-up
Your perfect work environment

Boot-strapping to begin with
Beautiful Business: Luxury Interiors & Kool Kids Rooms
Beautiful Business: The Vintage Twist Company

Straightforward finance
Pricing products
Beautiful Business: Coo & Co
Sourcing supplies and equipment
Beautiful Business: Potter

Offline sales
Beautiful Business: Home Restyler
Selling on platform sites
Postage and packaging
Your products in focus

Building your dotcom HQ
Your web content
Making money from your site
Beautiful Business: Carola van Dyke

Getting known
Beautiful Business: Kate Schuricht Ceramics
Become an expert

SEO and online adverts
Beautiful Business: Rachael Taylor Designs
The power of social media
Measure the results
Beautiful Business: Gillies Jones Glass

Attract customers back
Keep the business in balance

Going global
Beautiful Business: Patchwork Harmony & 91 Magazine
Help and support

About the Author
Emma Jones is a business expert and author, and founder of small business support company Enterprise Nation. Her books include 'Spare Room Start Up', 'Working 5 to 9 ', 'Go Global' and 'Turn Your Talent into a Business'. Following a five year career at an international accounting firm, Emma started her first business at 27, from a spare room in her Manchester apartment. That business was sold 18 months later, and the experience led to Emma's next venture, Enterprise Nation. Its website ( was launched in 2006 and became the most popular for home business owners in the UK, attracting over 100,000 visitors each month. In seven years, Enterprise Nation has grown into a community of over 75,000 homegrown businesses that find help and support on its website, in its books and at live events. In 2011, the company gave away over GBP10,000 in funding to UK start-ups, and has recently launched a premium membership scheme, which helps its members promote their businesses and take their venture to the next level. Emma is also a co-founder of StartUp Britain, a national campaign to encourage more people to start a business. In July 2012, Emma was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise. @e_nation @emmaljones @brightwordpub

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Anyone fancy sitting on my husband's love seat?

Now that's a headline to beat all headlines. And for me it was even more poignant when I read the latest issue of Sew magazine (Feb 2013, Issue 44) which features my husband in the headline below:

'Cuddle up with someone special on James Tickner's love seat'...

It's not every day that you see your husband's name and love seat in the same sentence and certainly not taking up a double page spread in a magazine. Well, not the kind of magazines I usually subscribe to!

The feature is actually a great step-by-step upholstery project. Please see the picture below:

So, if you fancy getting romantic this Valentine's day and want to create some cosy seating, why not grab a copy of the magazine and see how you can use traditional craftsmanship methods to create the perfect place to curl up.

As for sitting on my husband's loveseat... Enough said. I'm off for a quickie....

Monday, 28 January 2013

English Manor House Style...

I say Squire, do you think we've successfully cracked the English Manor House style with our collection below?

Read this great article from the For Dummies team and see what you think...

Here goes:

  • Combine colours and patterns. Check.
  • Use soft fabrics with traditional pieces. Check.
  • Use floral bouquet fabrics. Check.
  • Mix and match different pieces. Check.
  • Large wood pieces with decorative carved details. Check.
  • Choose jewel-tone colours - brilliant reds, greens, purples. Check.  


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Snap, Blip, Share....

Call it what you like; we’re all at it. With so many digital devices and picture sharing services available, we’re all busy generating our own images of people and places. I tend to store my collection of memories on my tablet or Blackberry. I also create albums and share images with my friends via Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram amongst other social networks. But have you ever considered customising your finest digital pictures specifically for your own home?

Many doting parents enjoy their kids’ exhuberance by turning their little darlings into a canvas or a mug for Grandma at Christmas. But why not make one of your masterpieces a real feature of a new room?

Computer-generated art is high on the agenda of many interior designers this season, so the time is ripe to get creative and add something personal and fabulous, that is not available on the High Street.

You could create wallpaper, cushions, curtains or even commission an upholsterer to create your very own accent chair or sofa that will be the envy of your friends..

Mr Perswall will print any image onto wallpaper and help you to create sensational wall murals. Here are some examples from the inspirational portolio of ready to roll wall options:

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If you’re looking to transfer your images onto fabric, there are a number of suppliers out there. HTS Print and Design offer digital, rotary and flat bed screen printing on cottons, polyesters and silks. Again, you can buy something off the peg or you can commission something totally unique. For more ideas, see here:

For a truly unique cushion, you could either take one of your photos or perhaps consider transferring painted artworks to printed fabric. I love these painted cushions and I particularly like the way in which the signature of the artist is added for that extra special personal touch. See link below:

Needless to say, if you fancy a bespoke chair or sofa using your very own fabric, we’re bursting with ideas and always happy to help. Give us a call on 02392 354235 to find out more...

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Interior Trends for 2013: The Living Room

Interior Trends for 2013: The Living Room

Do you fancy adding some glamour and sophistication to your home?
Create a sense of space, light and depth by fusing a mix of dusky greys with warm amber and cream tones to create a soft, natural glow.

I’m keen to blend my love of France and Africa to create something dramatic yet functional with my young family. A traditional sofa or chaise in any shade of grey, upholstered in fine French linen will set the tone for my room and will look great against an embossed vinyl wallcovering of shimmering silver or bronze.

I intend to add some classic brass picture frames mixed with some jet black high gloss items of furniture. I’ll weave in some safari or exotic flower themed accessories and scatter cushions to reflect a tropical mood. To add a touch of elegance, I plan to add some delicate lace and embroidery.

I’ll finish off the look with a stunning accent chair in vivid orange, mustard or emerald green alongside a lavish ottoman in a contrasting shade of perhaps deep orchard plum or fushia pink to add some real indulgence.

Top 10 Living Room Ideas for the Season:
1.      A classic plain sofa in any tone of grey, preferably upholstered in a quality linen, equisite cut velvet, woven fabrics or heavy weight cotton. I like the contemporary twist to the classic chaise longue below which we created by using military style buttons in pewter.

2.      The must-have accent chair to add the ultimate wow factor. Eager to leave the Winter chill behind and migrate to Spring, I’ll use warm tones such as zingy orange, fushia pink, classic cream or fresh emerald green in either a lavish cut velvet, fine wool or heavy weight cotton.

3.      Add something patterned with a symmetrical or zig-zag design in either the cushions, curtains or rugs. I’m keen to add a peppering of Aztec influence somewhere in my room together with some tropical birds or exotic flowers using some of my own photos. Computer-generated art is very hot this season. I love these cushions from Zara:
4.      Use good quality paints in neutral shades mixed with elegant wallpapers. Check out the new collection by Mary McDonald at Schumacher:
I also love the vintage collection of hand-printed wallpapers by Osborne & Little. Eight of Osborne & Little's most sensational designs have been re-introduced in new, contemporary colourings. See for yourself at:
5.      Create simple touches to add feminity to your room. Think embellished and embroidered and how you may be able to throw some delicate lace into the mix. I adore lace metal lanterns like these which we have in our showroom at The Packhouse in Farnham.

Lighting can also add sheer elegance to a room. To tie in the amber mood, why not try something timeless like this Evelyn chandelier from John Lewis?

For table lamps, take a look at some of the new floral lampshades available on the High Street, many of which reflect the computer-generated art trend.

6.      Rummage around your attic or visit car boot sales for a few brass accessories. Seriously, brass is back! I’ve dusted down a beautiful pair of plain brass candle holders and a pre-loved clock which will help to finish the look.

7.      If you’re looking to update your curtains, you’ll always have a richer choice if you choose your own fabric and have them made. However, if you’re looking to save money on your renovation room project, there are some great ready-made options out there. Laura Ashley have a collection of around 30 different prints available in three different sizes. I quite like Millwood Eyelet Ready Made Curtains. It has a subtle leaf and flower print in camomile pale shades that will tie in to the palette scheme for my room.

8.      Be functional. Storage is an issue in my house so I’m going to look for a stylish ottoman in a rich texture that will enhance the overall look whilst also provide the perfect storage solution for the kids’ toys... (here’s hoping!)
9.      Always have fresh flowers. It’s one of my personal vices, along with the odd glass of rioja glugged down with a slab of chocolate! For special occasions or visits from my other designer friends I usually treat myself to some tropical cut flowers such as Heliconia splash, but for everyday you can’t beat a bouquet of white lilies or a simple orchid which are always available in the supermarket and make the home feel fresh and welcoming.

10.  Remember, your home is a reflection of your personality. I’ll definitely create a zone to showcase some framed photos of friends and family using a mix of chunky and ornate white and lacquered black frames. I also have a passion for reading so there will be an inevitable pile of books on the coffee table. I might look to enhance the literary theme further by adding a book related feature wall. Here are a couple of innovative wallpaper designs that have caught my eye recently...                                                                                                                                                     I particularly like this simple wallpaper in sepia by Mineheart:

I also like Young & Battaglia’s bookshelf wallpaper which is available from Rockett St George.

For more inspiration on creating an on-trend look, please see the Liberty Rose Interiors boards on Pinterest. Ideas for 2013 lounge looks are here:

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Unleash your entrepreneurial spirit with something pre-loved...

For many, January is a time to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit and consider ways to turn a hobby into a business opportunity or crack the work/life balance. I've lost count of how many friends are up-cycling or working their magic on some tatty, second-hand piece of furniture in a quest to turn it into something truly marvellous. In reality, people tend to buy something cheap of poor quality, give it a half-hearted rub down, slap on some eco-paint (usually in an earthy, heritage shade) and convince themselves that once they've worked their magic on a few pieces they might develop some kind of portfolio and might just be the next Sir Terence Conran.

Yeah right. I don’t mind having a go, but I am realistic about my DIY capability! I know my limits and I'm happy to admit that whilst I enjoy great interior design and beautiful furniture, my skills very much lie in the buying arena! I’m a self-confessed shopaholic who once believed that 'Screw Fix' was a shop for deprived housewives! The idea of rummaging around an antique centre or trying my luck at an auction is a real turn on, but in reality, whilst I can see the potential in a pre-loved chaise longue, I wouldn't know where to begin with any kind of make-over project.

My other half, Jim, gets his kicks from a serious sofa transformation project. Take the William IV mahogany scroll end sofa below which we bought at an auction recently. It was filthy, wobbly and certainly needed some serious stripping and stuffing! He took it back to the frame, re-upholstered it using a lavish Designers Guild fabric (Asolo Berry) and created a pair of contrasting bolsters in Genova Ebony fabric. This bespoke hand-finished piece stands on turned legs and features the original brass casters.
Jim is at a distinct advantage with over 20 years’ traditional upholstery experience, but I am still heavily involved in choosing fabrics, immersing myself in trends and meeting new suppliers. Come on, how could I resist creating a role that combines shopping and talking?

I’m fascinated by the various stages of a renovation project and these fabulous ‘before’ and ‘after’ images below show how much work is involved in creating something stunning for a fine home or boutique hotel. Here's how this particular project was tranformed:
You can see more sofa transformations at:

Why not give something old a new lease of life? But a word of warning: the term ‘second-hand’ is old hat; everything is ‘pre-loved’ or ‘up-cycled’ these days! And there’s nothing wrong with lashings of retail research along the way!