Old jeans and scruffy cowboy boots are my wardrobe staples but I have always had a love affair with lace and frills, as these counter balance my feminine and romantic side.
I have the same appreciation for decorating my home, rather simply, but still with accents of soft faded florals, linens and laces. I tend to prefer vintage laces and linens from the Victorian days, as I love the handmade qualities of crochet lace when attached to sometimes starched, sometimes heavy weight rumpled linen or cotton. I came across some inspiration pages from a Tim Walker book where he featured Russian Folk homes. There were many photos of inspiration for me from this chapter, for many reasons. Specifically to what would be a new bedding collection, a photo of a little Russian boy on a faded red silk ruffled bed cover, layered over a crochet edge. This combined with an old vintage cloth of mine, was enough inspiration for me to communicate my vision to my head designer and production sourcing team. (It always takes that vital village to translate my vision to actual product.)
And it’s from this combination of inspirations, that the beautiful Cluny Lace Collection was born… Duvets, shams, a dust-ruffle and tablecloth. It took a few go arounds of sampling to get the lace just right, as especially when designing simple things, it’s all about the subtle details. I am happy with how we captured the feminine elements that I love, in a chunky, less frilly way.
The Cluny collection has found its way into our signature collection, likely to be around for quite some time. Little did Tim Walker and the little russian boy know it would spark such inspiration for me.