Last week saw our Natasha Marshall Cushion Launch – Sterling Homestores – Tillicoultry, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Wow what a week I had, busy in the design studio being creative and visiting Sterling Homestores. So a little late finishing my Monday blog…..
It’s was an exciting week at the Natasha Marshall studio. We are working on wonderful design projects just now, as ghost designers, for brands that we admire and the samples are starting to arrive which is always such a special time as you see the design we have been working for months on cloth!
Plus a busy week for orders and sampling for our studio collections and the best sellers of the week were – most sampled Shoot Cranberry, most ordered fabric Drift sand and favourite wallpaper of the week being Shoot surf spray. We love the pop of red that Shoot gives in these photos – just imagine curtains in the Drift with cushions in the shoot in your bedroom, kitchen or sitting room interior.
The highlight last week was the launch of the new Natasha Marshall cushion range at the Sterling Homestores. The cushions are designed, printed and made in Scotland RRP £30. Sterling Furniture is a family run business with shops across Scotland and we loved working with them on creating this new range. I loved working with their head buyer Isabelle to deliver a range of cushions based around three key trend themes for Spring Summer 2016 Urban, Scandi Modern and Cacti Conservatory.
Last week I went to Martin & Frost in Edinburgh and Sterling Homestores in Aberdeen on Friday to talk to the team their about the history of my company and how we created the designs. Then today I went to their Tillicoultry and Glasgow shops. We have had a wonderful reaction from the team at Sterling and look forward to seeing people share photos of their cushions at home – if you are sharing photos please add the #NMinteriors or #NMcushions to your images so we can see them and share them.
Photos on my travels….
I took the train to Aberdeen rather than driving as it had been such a busy week – Wow what a stunning trip that is even though the sky wasn’t blue! It was hard to work and not just look at the scenery! The blurs of colour and textures don’t do it justice but are good visuals for us to have:
Then coming back from Tillicoultry today was stunning with the blue skies and all the crocuses on the road side. I had to stop to take a couple of photos!
Interior changes for Spring – cushions to add a pop of pattern & colour.
It was this weekend that we decided is was time to bring Spring into our interior and we have chosen a mixture of ‘Vista’ lemon slice, ‘Tor’ in lemon slice, charcoal, Angora and Reflection lemon slice for our new cushions. As our walls are off white, sofa off white and rug in greys it is a great blank canvas to bring in new colour. See what you think:
Showcasing the Best of UK Manufacturing.
We were also really pleased to design, print and manufacture these cushions in Scotland and it is great to receive these photos from the manufacturers. It was great to work with them on the colouring through to delivery to each store.
Natasha Marshall Fabric & Wallpaper collections.
You can also now visit all the Sterling interior design departments to see our stocked collections. They have our Ikon and Alegre print books, Alibi coordinating plain and wallpaper book Tandem. I loved meeting the Interior Designers in each of the stores and talking through our ranges.
A few of my photos from the different Sterling Homestores.
Natasha Marshall Cushion Launch – Sterling Homestores.
Background story: We are a Glasgow textile design studio, based in the west-end, in a quirky building which we built with architect friends that we were at Glasgow art school with. The building was an unloved old Printworks, that was a former glue factory, which we developed as an award winning building. Our design studio is a wonderful creative place to work from.
I grew up in London and first moved to Glasgow in 1993 to go to Glasgow School of Art to study textiles. It was the best course in the UK and I remember falling in love with the city when I came to see the school and decided it was the place for me so didn’t apply anywhere else in the hope that I got in! I did get in and Scotland has been my home ever since after meeting my now husband Glaswegian Neil Fullerton at GSA where he was studying graphic design.
We Started our company in 1997 hand printing our own fabrics and wallpapers with start up funding from the Princes Trust and the Scottish Craft Council. By 2000 we were selling into Liberty, Harrods, Heals and John Lewis. As well as having our designs manufactured for us by various mills by that point in the UK before signing with a worldwide distributor in 2001. We had a exciting 7 years working in this way. Then in 2009 when our distribution deal came to an end we started to work as a design studio for other brands working predominantly as ghost designers. We have loved doing this work creating designs from classic, traditional, through to very modern. For our design studio clients we work with mills all over the world creating beautiful fabrics and wallpapers including countries like Turkey, Lithuania, China, Italy, Belgium, England, Scotland and Holland. But we started to miss having our own studio ranges and the simplicity of our designs that we love to live with.
2015 saw us launch the new Natasha Marshall collections which have had a wonderful reaction. As a brand we like to showcase the best of British design and manufacturing. We have launched two new print collections ikon and Alegre , a coordinating plain alibi and wallpaper collection Tandem. All these ranges are sold from stock we hold in our studio in Glasgow.
For our client work we look closely at the trends to insure our clients are trend leading or on trend. This work set us up perfectly for working with the head buyer Isabelle at Sterling Homestores, who I met with in October when she was looking at Spring Summer 2016.
We love when you mix patterns together and encourage people to mix and match the patterns on their sofas and chairs using the full collection.
The cushions range at Sterling Homestores are sold under ‘Scandi Modern’ with designs Vista, Summit, Strata, Tor, Reflection, Peak. The key looks for this trend being clean geometrics, playing with scale, hand drawn elements, contrast of patterns and touches of bright or muted yellows. Grey and yellow is a key trend and navy this season which we have included in this group.
‘Urban’ includes Cosy, Snuggle, Sticks, Cascais, Lisbon. The key looks for this SS16 trend being: Rustic and worn surfaces, contrast of textures, dark navy’s, grey’s and white, denim and leather looks and text and number motifs are also key to this trend.
‘Cactus Conservatory’ includes Herringbone, Cacti, Prickle, Mexico and Toluca. The key looks for this trend were: organic motifs, imperfect geometrics, basket weave patterns, clean white interiors, cactus motifs and monochrome patterns.
Cushions are a great way to change the look of your room. Bringing a fresh look to your interiors so we were very excited about having the chance to create cushions that are on trend for the customer.
We also loved the idea of designing, printing and manufacturing the cushions in Scotland and we are very pleased to have made this possible and still sell at a good price point.
At Natasha Marshall we strongly believe that everyone should be able to have good design, colour and pattern in their homes. As pattern and colour brings happiness into a home and it is wonderful for us to see how people use our designs through social media.
Most importantly we want you to have fun adding pattern and colour to their homes this Spring with these Natasha Marshall cushions.