Monday, June 14, 2010

Chat with the lovely Lisa Stickley

You may remember a while back in January I posted about the new collection of homewares Lisa Stickley has designed for Debenhams? Well in anticipation for the launch of the products in store in August I got the chance to ask Lisa a few questions about this new collaboration and her tips for creating a great home!

Hi Lisa, Myself and my readers are really excited about your new range for Debenhams. can you tell us a little more about the collection and what we should expect? 
We have lots of lovely bits and pieces in the collection, from essential bottom drawer kit including tea towels, aprons and oven gloves to napkins and placemats. There are wonderful stoneware items from the ‘posie’ collection which are perfect for tea and cakes (complete with butter dish, cake stand, milk jug and sugar bowl). For friends for dinner and Sunday lunch we have a complete casual dining set in ‘buttercup’ a sweet little floral which is scattered across plates, bowls and platters, and fantastic glass stands for your tarts and cheeses. Kitchen storage comes in everything from tins for your tea bags and coffee beans, through to great bread and cake tins decorated with playful floral prints in clean colours of raspberry pink and mossy green.
For the bedroom we have some wonderful cotton bedding complete with contrast piping and vintage inspired buttons. The designs range from a classic soft mint stripe complete with delicate mini floral print to a chic red and white ‘posie’ print with a contrast stripe on the reverse. ‘Window box’ offers a more contemporary look with a quirky graphic floral print and ‘Myrtle’ is our favourite graphic stripe with 1960’s inspired flowers dropped in and around amongst the stripes. Bed layering comes in the form of a super soft eiderdown and throw cushions with ‘garden bird’ and ‘bed text’ prints – all black and white to classically compliment each of the four bed sets.  

What was the inspiration for the collection?
We wanted House & Home to have an essence of the Lisa Stickley brand but also take on an identity of its own at the same time. We looked at the traditional British garden fete as a starting point, and I worked on some new ideas especially for the collection taking a quirky, fresh eclectic approach and producing a range that can be collected into bit by bit. One of the main prints for this season include ‘Buttercup’ which I have drawn to look as if it has been handed down through the generations with a lovingly worn vintage feel, contrasted with clean bright coloured accents (often appearing on lids, creating a bold statement for your biscuits!). The second print is ‘Posie’ which is very much 1950’s inspired (right through to the shapes we have used), a hand drawn collection of traditional English roses.

Do you have a favourite item? 
One of my favourite items is the ceramic storage house. I love it as it has just the right amount of Kitsch and is the perfect English eccentric statement for every kitchen.

There's lots of bright colours around at the moment do you think this trend will continue for Autumn/Winter and into 2011, and is there any other trends you can see emerging?  
Colour is everywhere at the moment and its wonderful. There is a counter colour reaction that is in full swing in the fashion world this summer with the beautiful subtle nudes and these are great if you find the right shade to wear but a little ‘anemic’ for the home I think. At the moment I have just re decorated my lounge with a fantastically soft stone colour on the walls with crisp white highlights on the woodwork. This sets of the vintage pieces I collect brilliantly and is a fantastic soft canvas to add splashes of bright saturated colour here, there and everywhere. 

What tips would you give to someone re-styling their home who is feeling lost for inspiration or overwhelmed by choice?
De clutter so you can see the wood for the trees and make the best of the items you really love (its a bit cliché but less is more). If you are really overwhelmed I would suggest sticking to just one or two colours and buying items around your chosen hue, this way you can easily create a focused style for your home and give it a coherently thought-out chic edge at the same time, being as eclectic as you wish.

Can you tell us about any plans you have for next year?
We have lots on the go for next year at Lisa Stickley HQ, including hunting for a flagship store which is very exciting indeed. I have just written my first book ‘made at home, a guide to simple sewing’ (published by Quadrille) which launches in July (so for next year if this has been popular who knows...maybe a book number 2?!). With a wonderful Liberty collaboration, a new stationary range, lisa stickley in Japan, and some inspired new prints in the pipeline the future is looking bright so... Watch this space!

Thanks Lisa! Can't wait to see the collection in the shops! 

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