Amanda Hanley's favourite sources

  • William Yeoward
  • William Yeoward
  • Cole & Son
  • William Yeoward
  • Dulux Chalky Downs

Cotswolds-based interior designer Amanda Hanley reveals her favourite sources of
inspiration for home design and lifestyle

Interior Inspiration

I regularly visit the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour; it is an emporium of the most beautiful wallpapers and fabrics imaginable and provides endless inspiration for a wide range of projects. Being there is like being a kiddie in a sweet shop!

In addition to project work, the Design Centre helps to guide selections for my interiors shop on Burford’s high street. My top choice this season is the Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection from Cole & Son; an eclectic offering of wallcoverings that celebrates skill and craftsmanship from cultures all over the world. From East to West, this worldly collection is full of detail and elegance.

I particularly love ‘Medina’, which is an intricate latticework with a sumptuous feel to it. It is designed to perfectly complement the ‘Fez’ lantern border. The two together with the golden glow give irresistible warmth to a room.

Fabulous fabrics

I adore the colourful collections from GP & J Baker – there are so many stunning designs, in many different styles and fabric types. As well as their spectacular range, they are also an extremely nice company to deal with. My personal favourites are printed velvets ‘Barcelona’ in the ‘Teal’ colourway, and ‘Rio’ in ‘Spice’, both from the same Rio Velvet collection. GP & J Baker’s description of the Rio range:

“The glorious exuberance of the Mardi Gras has been captured in these two magnificent printed velvets. A riot of colour and pattern, BARCELONA is an extraordinary patchwork of fantasy blooms divided by bands of small decorative motifs, and the gorgeous RIO echoes the theme with a clever collage of abstract designs.”

Phenomenal paint

Dulux Chalky Downs (30YY 51/098) is one of my favourite paint colours right now. It is wonderfully versatile and practical, and a very stylish choice. It goes with virtually anything, so I’ve used it in the showroom throughout, as a great backdrop for the many fabrics and furniture we have on display.

Striking soft furnishings

I absolutely adore William Yeoward! Oozing with creativity, his products are stylish, sophisticated and original. Founded in 1983, the William Yeoward brand has an enviable reputation for innovation and modern British design. My personal favourite is his ‘Rhoscolyn’ hand-tufted rug in cobalt, which is available in three sizes. Wonderfully contemporary, inspiration for the design came from the North Wales coastline with natural sand and sea blue. This striking rug would look at home in a large range of interiors, from smart and modern to a beach house by the coast.

Flying off the shelves at the moment are William Yeoward’s ‘Paddy’ cushions. Available in a zingy rainbow of colours, they are made from a luxurious, super soft velvet, and are fully lined and zipped. The simple design allows the rich texture and colourway to shine. 

As well as cushions and rugs, William also makes furniture, upholstery, crystal, lighting, fabrics and wall coverings – all with a sense of purpose and personality that are the hallmarks of his brand.

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