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Sanderson: A celebration of the National Trust

At McMillan Interiors, one of our most beloved and trusted suppliers of luxury homewares is British powerhouse Sanderson. Dating back to 1860, Sanderson have established a reputation for beautiful floral furnishings fabrics and a classic countryside aesthetic. For 160 years they have combined influences of nature, beautifully drawn designs, and state-of-the-art craftsmanship & technology to become one of the most renowned and celebrated names in Home Furnishing. At McMillan Interiors, we have proudly used their products in our 30 years of business.

As purveyors of the natural world it only seems fit that Sanderson would collaborate with The National Trust and release a collection in 2020 titled: ‘A Celebration of the National Trust by Sanderson‘; a beautiful range of fabrics celebrating the values of the National Trust and its commitment to caring for our natural and cultural heritage.

The collection features five classic design themes exploring the National Trust’s purpose and principles using documents from the Sanderson archive to tell a beautiful design story through embroideries, weaves and exquisitely coloured prints. Let’s dive into the collection!

THE SECRET GARDEN

“The Secret Garden” features intricate stitchwork and fine prints rendered in delicate watercolours to create an elegant scheme that’s influenced by the flowers and fruits found within the walled gardens of countryside estates. Motifs and designs include hand-drawn espaliered pears, canopies of acorns & leaves, embroidered florals, and berry trees.

COUNTRY HOUSE

“Country House” creates a warm & welcoming feel by taking inspiration from the rich wallpapers, carefully tended formal gardens, and stunning embroideries found within the National Trust’s historic buildings. Motifs and designs include bumbling bees, delicate butterflies and abundant blooms on a ground of sumptuous velvet. Scrolling leaves inspired by wood-carvings and chinoiserie inspired pheasants and flowers give an elegant nod to history.

THE FENS

“The Fens” highlight the beauty and tranquility of Cambridgeshire’s Wicken Fen – the National Trust’s first and oldest nature reserve. Motifs include weaving grasses, wild flowers, and fern leaves, with delicately painted bees, kingfishers and dragonflies finishing the look.

UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE

Author Thomas Hardy’s Dorset home inspires this quintessentially English countryside theme; namely the blooming flowers and prolific pollinators found in the gardens. Motifs and designs include stylised fruits and berries in delicate pastel colours, painterly floral trails, and beautifully coloured birds.

THE LOOKOUT

“The Lookout” celebrates our world-famous 780 miles of stunning coastline and diverse wildlife within the care of The National Trust by capturing a striking and sophisticated coastal look featuring swooping seabirds and rolling waves. Motifs and designs include crisp abstract patterns and lino cut prints all in a palette of rich indigo, navy and teal interspersed with pops of raspberry.

It’s an elegant yet robust collection of beautifully constructed fabrics and accessible patterns and colours which will bring a touch of the natural world to both the traditional and contemporary home. Sanderson employ a colour palette that is easy to use and easy to pair with existing pieces of furniture, decor and artwork. Furthermore, it’s a collection that works in harmony with previous Sanderson collections – collections we’re proud to stock in our studio library. We would be delighted to guide you through our Sanderson collections to create a scheme for your home that is unique to you, beautiful, functional, and supremely comfortable.

All above images from Sanderson

We’d love to know what your favourite theme from the National Trust collection is! Are you more coastal or more cottage garden? Do you love the ethereal beauty of the English Fens or the traditional charm of historic houses?

And do you have a favourite National Trust spot? The UK is rife with stunning stately homes, manicured gardens, lush woodland and a coastline teeming with wildlife….and our National Trust is a true treasure in preserving and protecting these special places.

At McMillan Interiors we love the warmth and richness of the “Country House” theme. It reminds us of one of our favourite local National Trust spots: Castle Ward. Located on the edge of Strangford Lough, it’s an 18th Century Mansion famed for its mix of classical and gothic architectural styles. The surrounding Georgian farmyard is arguably most famous for its role as Winterfell: the seat and ancestral home of the Stark Family in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Image from The National Trust
Image from Discover NI

The Sanderson Country House theme would look right at home in the Castle Ward Interior. Equally, the collection is versatile enough to work in more contemporary homes; creating a warm and welcome country feel, bringing the outside in through the use of nature-inspired imagery, and giving a subtle nod to history through the use of block-printed chinoiseries and trompe-l’oeil style designs.

Moodboard drawn from the Country House theme.

For more information on Sanderson collections – whether that’s the 2020 National Trust collection or previous collections – or if you’d like information on other suppliers, designers and brands we’re proud to supply, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the contact details below. For over thirty years we’ve been partnering with homeowners to make their vision of home a reality and our heart remains the same to this day. We’d love to chat and see how we can best aid and empower you in your choices for your home.

Email ruth-anne@mcmillaninteriors.co.uk or phone us on 02825 880012. You can also find us on HouzzInstagram and Facebook!

Image from Sanderson

Killane Manor Showhouse

Killane Manor is a newly built, award-winning housing development nestled between the bustling villages of Galgorm and Ahoghill. Situated close to prestigious Primary and Secondary Schools, recreational parks, a gym, a golf course & spa, food establishments, and just a short ten minute drive into Ballymena Town Centre, it’s proven popular with young couples and families looking to put down their roots. It’s the perfect mix of town and country life!

The quiet and picturesque cul-de-sac is made up of 55 houses in detached, semi-detached, and townhouse designs; developed and constructed by local Ballymena building contractor Agon Ltd. Sleek, contemporary, and affordable, these homes are perfect for first time buyers looking to get on the property ladder.

McMillan Interiors (Ballymena based Interior Design Company) had the privilege of designing and styling the Showhouse for the final release of houses on the site. We wanted to create a haven of comfort, style and personality for prospective homeowners; a place that was bright but also cocooning, a place to entertain friends but also somewhere to retreat after a busy day, a place that was homely as well as luxurious. We chose contemporary, practical, and comfortable furniture, specified wallpaper for certain areas for interest, and custom made curtains, blinds, cushions and headboards.

After major structural and building work was completed, walls were painted and wallpapered, and carpet was fitted. Here is the interior of the house mid-progress:

GROUND FLOOR

  

  

FIRST FLOOR

  

  

We kept it largely neutral to give prospective owners a canvas upon which they could inject their personalities using their own decorative pieces, artwork, photographs, and mementoes. We can never pass up the opportunity to add a dash of colour and pattern though! For us, adding elements of colour and pattern to a home adds interest, character, joy and fun!

Thoughtfully considered touches of blue, teal, soft pink, orange, and sunny yellow pop against the groundwork of cream, grey and taupe. An assortment of printed and patterned fabrics also appear throughout the house – fabrics from Interior Design houses we love and trust, and whose quality and durability will serve the homeowners for years to come. Here’s a glimpse of the finished space!

LOUNGE

  

MASTER BEDROOM & ENSUITE

   

   

BEDROOM 2

  

CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS

  

Investing in a house and decorating from scratch can be overwhelming, and at McMillan Interiors we completed this whole-house design on an affordable, first-time buyers budget; leaving space for the homeowners to evolve the space in the years ahead.

The good news is this fully furnished Showhouse will be open for viewing from Thursday 20th June. If you’re house-shopping, and in particular if you’re a first time buyer, the Killane Manor houses are an affordable option to view and consider. The site is located at:

Killane Manor

Galgorm Road

Ballymena

BT42 1QH

You can also find more information about the houses and Selling Agents here.

Finally, if you’d like help with redesigning and decorating your home – whether it’s one or two rooms, or a whole house overhaul – don’t hesitate to get in touch! We offer a service that includes design, supply and manufacture, and fit-out. We’d love to advise, listen to your ideas and make your home fit your needs and aesthetic. Call us on 02825 880012 or email ruth-anne@mcmillaninteriors.co.uk. You can also find us on HouzzInstagram and Facebook!

 

 

Designer Hotspot: Braquenié

French wallpaper brand Braquenié was founded in 1824 and quickly became renowned for its elegance, quality and beautiful taste. It embodied the very spirit of French classicism and appeared throughout the courts of Europe, in the Louvre, the Vatican and even in the home of Victor Hugo. In 1991, Pierre Frey acquired and integrated the Braquenié brand into its own Design House. The original spirit of the Braquenié brand lives on through shared values of tradition, expertise and excellence with Pierre Frey. Under Pierre Frey, designers and artists dug into over a hundred years of carefully preserved Braquenié archives to unveil beautiful textile designs, carpet samples and watercolour drawings which they reimagined and re-released as fabrics and wallpapers for a contemporary clientele.

While a lot of Design Houses create and release collections at least once a year, Braquenié collections are only released every three to four years. Pierre Frey Jr explains why: “We wait until we have a proper theme and lots of archive documents to launch a strong, powerful collection of fabrics and papers.” Spring 2019 sees the much awaited release of Comptoirs d’Orient, a collection of exquisitely embellished prints, silks, embroideries and epingle velvets based on archive documents from the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection is an ode to exoticism – a major theme in 18th century decorative arts – with use of exotic flowers, pineapples and chinoiseries which captured the imaginations of Europeans seeing these imports for the first time.

   

Pierre Frey Jr explains that they refreshed the original documents – playing with scale, orientation and bolder colour to retain the timelessness of the designs while injecting it with a freshness for a new market. It’s an extraordinary collection, boasting complex textile embellishment including appliquéing velvet onto linen, then embroidering over it, or printing onto delicate raw silk; feats accomplished utilising the best materials and most skilled hands from all over the world. While Braquenié is synonymous with classic, opulent and traditional interiors, both the fabrics and wallpapers of Comptoirs d’Orient are befitting of traditional and more contemporary settings. The best way to showcase such a collection is to refer to the stylistic work of Anne Pericchi-Draeger who imagined, designed, and styled the collection for the official Braquenié promotional material and dressed the Pierre Frey Parisian Showrooms.

      

Colours include zingy yellow, earthy umber, soft peach, robust rust, teal and raspberry and yves klein blue in patterns ranging from large scale florals, plaids, small scale scallops, diamond weaves, and designs featuring sweet birds and flamboyant pineapples! Fabulously unique and full of character!

      

Where the collection really shines is in the unusual pairings and clashings of the patterns and colours together as seen below. For those fierce fearless maximalists among us!

  

 
Pierre Frey has long been one of our favourite Design Houses, boasting designs that are quintessentially French. The French largely aren’t preoccupied with following trends or being defined by a style or genre, and are eager to use and mix strong colour, a multitude of patterns and unusual pieces to furnish and dress their spaces. French interiors to us shout joy! fun! elegance! fearlessness!

  

Discover the full collection here. All images used are sourced from Anne Pericchi-Draeger and Pierre Frey.

If you’d like help with redesigning and decorating your home – whether it’s one or two rooms, or a whole house overhaul – don’t hesitate to get in touch! We offer a service that includes design, supply and manufacture, and fit-out. We’d love to advise, listen to your ideas and make your home fit your needs and aesthetic. Call us on 02825 880012 or email ruth-anne@mcmillaninteriors.co.uk. You can also find us on HouzzInstagram and Facebook!

The Greatest Showman

Whether you’re a fan of musicals or not, it’s hard to deny the sweeping success of ‘The Greatest Showman’, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Michelle Williams. It’s a dazzling extravaganza based on the life of P.T. Barnum and his creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The Greatest Showman

Who doesn’t love a bit of old-time razzle-dazzle? Such fun especially in the midst of a dark, cold and wet winter! I’m sure we can all agree that visually this film is gorgeous. Designers, craftsmen and tech crew have painstakingly created and captured the old world grit and glamour of 19th Century New York City and the opulence and wonder of theatre.

Inspiration comes in many forms and I have found ideas in literature, art, theatre and film to be a huge resource for styling my home. So we’re looking at the old-world glamour of ‘The Greatest Showman’ to inspire some ideas for home styling and decoration.

The Greatest Showman

Curiouser & curiouser!!

Here, we’ve pulled a fabulous wallpaper from Manuel Canovas with a bit of a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ feel to it – bell jars of butterflies, shelves of trinkets, and botanical specimens. Alongside it sits a textured linen paper recalling the canvas of the Big-Top Circus tent. Other fun additions include the world map printed on fabric as an homage to 19th century explorers, a Persian-style velvet hinting at the Magician’s old faithful carpet-bag of tricks, exotic kilims, tribal prints and stripes of course!….we’re in a circus after all! And for a final flourish of quirkiness, we’ve thrown in a hair hide as a nod of respect to the bizarre bearded lady.

What do you think?

We think this is rich, textured, and both fun and sophisticated!

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For a brighter pop of colour, we’ve pulled together another scheme inspired by big-top vintage balloons.

The Greatest Showman

We’ve featured that distinctive Hot Air Balloon wallcovering from Manuel Canovas sitting alongside a metallic and citrus yellow paper for oodles of colour and zing on the walls. Why stop there? Include a bright yellow geometric silk for a curtain and an unusual ombre linen, perfect for brightening up dreary days. To counterbalance all of the yellow we’ve included crisp black and white stripes and geometrics, with a dark green leather for a vintage hit.

Hope you enjoy these visuals. All available separately or as a complete scheme at McMillan Interiors, The Outpost, Loan Rd, Cullybackey. Phone Niel – 07970 991131 or Catherine – 07808 959212 for an appointment.

Pantone Colour of the Year

The Interior Design Industry is huge and varied and brimming with gorgeous products and thoughtful designs, and each year we see the release of exciting new ranges to beautify our homes and make everyday life a little more comfortable. More people than ever before are paying attention to trends, design, and capturing a style that is right for them and it’s great to see global brands and independent businesses providing products, solutions, ideas and inspiration for every budget, requirement and style!

While we here at McMillan Interiors dislike slavishly following trends, but rather advocate creating a home that is personal, fun, and individual, there is one company that we love to watch for trend prediction: Pantone.

In December of each year Pantone predict what the forthcoming predominant ‘Colour of the Year’ will be – a prediction based on research, culture analysis, and forecasting trends. Pantone colour experts have been researching and predicting colour trends since 2000 by examining colour influences around the world in business, fashion, the arts, the entertainment industry, tourism and even current events. It’s not a science and it’s not set in stone – rather it’s a guide, a suggestion, a commentary on current cultural flow. 2017 was the year of ‘Greenery’ – a zesty shade of yellow-green that channelled ideas of Spring, freshness, energy, new beginnings, nature and the outdoors.

Certainly we saw a lot of green throughout 2017 but it remains to be seen whether Pantone actually predicted what people wanted. Bottle green, emerald green and leafy green proved popular and will likely remain so throughout the next year. But what colour has Pantone predicted to be big in 2018? Designers, makers, influencers, and consumers all waited with bated breath… and just a few days ago Pantone indulged us with a colour that is a bold and unexpected deviation from the zesty brightness of Greenery.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 is….

Ultra-Violet! (Did you see that coming?…)

Here’s the official line from the Colour Specialists at Pantone:

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet light the way to what is to come.” – Leatrice Eiseman (Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute)

Ultra Violet echoes the artistic genius and individuality of David Bowie, Prince, Jimi Hendrix. It captures exploration and innovation in science, technology, spirituality, mindfulness. According to colour theory, purple is associated with wealth, royalty, ecclesiastical power and interestingly, purple has often been seen in significant cultural changes and shifts throughout history. Clearly the forecast of Ultra-Violet in 2018 is much more than just aesthetic – it’s a symbolic prediction and prophetic statement on what’s to come in the arts, business, culture, science, politics. As Laurie Pressman of Pantone summarises:

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.”

Fascinating! We can’t wait to see how this plays out throughout 2018.

So what do you think?

Do you love Ultra Violet?

Hate it?

Are you on the fence?

Personally, when I first heard the announcement I was a little disappointed. This Autumn saw the release of some gorgeous palettes and colour-ways in the new designer collections. Matthew Williamson, Nina Campbell, Designers Guild had some stunning designs featuring sumptuous chocolates, striking blacks and fresh corals. I thought chocolate brown was going to be a thing. I thought we were going to stay moody and dark and sumptuous.

However I’ve really come round to the idea of Ultra-Violet. It’s not my favourite colour in interiors – purples can very easily go wrong and look a bit dated. But I’m really curious to see how it’ll play out over the incoming year and how designers, stylists and homemakers work with this bold and statement-making colour. Despite my initial reservations, I’m absolutely delighted that we’re staying big and bold with colour in 2018! Ditch the beige and inject colour and character and fun into your home!

If you fancy injecting your home with some Ultra-Violet glam in 2018 we’ve gathered up some ideas for some fabulous furnishings below. If this has whetted your appetite please get in touch with us.