Crarae Gardens Colour Inspiration in Argyll.

Crarae Gardens Colour Inspiration in Argyll blew my mind this weekend, photos just don’t do it justice!…  We are working on a series of new designs and my weekly Monday blog was going to be about the colour inspiration I have been taking from the Andy Warhol exhibition I saw in Paris in January, but then I went to the Crarae Gardens over the holiday weekend this took preference and has created new directions…… The layers of ferns, grasses and flowers through to the bluebell blankets and rhododendron flowers were a sea of colour and pattern inspiration as you can see from my selection of photos I am sharing.

Crarae Gardens is a National Trust Garden that was originally started as the vegetable and pleasure gardens surrounding the home of the Campbell’s of Succoth family from 1912. The National Trust Of Scotland has preserved the spirit of the gardens since 2002.

I had been up to Tarbert for part of Scottish Series Neil was racing in. It was amazing to see over 100 boats in this small village and Big Vern and The Shootahs were playing on Saturday night who were superb. Then on the way back I popped into Crarae Gardens and then Loch Fyne Oyster bar to pick up fresh langoustine and they have a great garden centre there!

Andy Warhol Colour Inspiration.

Andy Warhol was were my colour inspiration started though last week  – Looking back at the photos I took at the show in Paris in January at Musee D’Art Moderne are very inspiring especially the striking colour combination in the series called ‘Shadows’.

It was an incredible exhibition of his work, especially to walk around this room seeing the prints working as one piece ‘Shadows’ from 1978 a commission for Heiner Friedrich which exceeded the initial requests for a set of 100 paintings. Andy actually made 108 of which 102 now form this show! The prints were hung edge to edge and worked round the space like a reel of film as intended. I love the striking combination of the deep green, coral, cerise, black & greys.


Favourite Natasha Marshall fabric & wallpapers this week.

I love seeing our weekly best sellers and this weeks did not disappoint with ‘Billow’ feather grey being the best selling fabric and ‘Drift’ nightshade most sampled. Most popular wallpaper of the week for the second week running was ‘Pompom’ lemon slice. I love the simplicity of Billow and Drift designs and how the pattern and texture of the cloths really enhance an interior without taking over the space when made up into curtains or blinds. In contrast Pompom lemon slice adds the fun into a interior and we offer this design as fabric or wallpaper as it is a great design to bring a pop of colour into your interior.

When planning your new Natasha Marshall interior remember that mixing patterns and colours is the best way to create a interior with character. Also if you are worried about trying pattern why not buy cushions first to see how they look in your home as you will be surprised by how much you love the happiness pattern brings to your home. All our printed fabrics and wallpapers are made in the UK.

It was also so exciting for us to see the Pompom & Flip wallpapers used on the Scottish furniture makers stand Steven Burgess at the Ideal Home exhibition at the weekend. I had added a few photos of the stand and it is a must showroom to visit if you are near or in Arnprior near Stirling.

My Garden new additions!

I am loving my garden and it continues to be a a source of inspiration and enjoyment every day. This weekend I spent hours painting planters and planting more vegetables and herbs. I am late this year planting everything with being away so much so I hope we still get a bumper crop of courgettes, mange tout, green beans, spinach, kale etc! But the most exciting news in my garden is that blue tits are nesting in my bird box, the simplest things make me the happiest!

Hope you all also had a magical holiday weekend enjoying the sunshine x