In an attempt to distract myself from the dirt and noise from the ongoing refurb I am looking ahead to furnishing the finished rooms.  As you probably know by now I am keen to create an Indinavian vibe and recently stumbled across the perfect fabrics whilst flicking through an old copy of Country Homes & Interiors magazine. 

Kate Forman began her textile business in 2004 with a collection inspired by 19th century French designs.  Since then the range has expanded to include patterns with a more global and ethnic feel.  The muted colours of Kate's signature style are the perfect companion for these beautiful designs, all of which I think make for a stylish and classy way to do the Boho trend.

Here are a few of my favourite patterns:


This horizontal pattern is reminiscent of the traditional Indian block-print designs.  I particularly like this charcoal version (left) - I can imagine it on a large, low footstool trimmed with a hot pink pom-pom! 

It is also available in four other colourways: pink (shown below), teal, stone and aubergine.

Price: £72 per metre.



Camille is similar to Anouskha but is more delicate and I think it works better as a vertical pattern.  This is the light pink version shown right but it is also available in the reverse, which looks gorgeous as a cushion (below left), as well as saffron and charcoal (below right). The latter would be perfect as a curtain for my bedroom window to create a light and breezy feel.

Price: £72 per metre. 



I'm not normally one for floral patterns but this little motif is just so cute! This is a typical Indian repeat design and the saffron version, shown left, will add a touch of bohemia without it being overwhelming. For those of you who are more confident with the style it is also available in a bolder pink colourway.

Price: £72 per metre. 


These are just a few of the designs available from Kate Forman.  As well as these Indian style fabrics there are many vintage patterns that are just the thing for the shabby-chic look.  You can see the whole collection at or call 01962 732244 for more information.


(All images are reproduced here with the kind permission of Kate Forman.)  


Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, I just really, really like these designs!


This may sound a bit sad but when I was young I would regularly buy Smash Hits magazine. Nothing wrong with that, I hear you say. I loved learning the lyrics to my favourite songs and when my favourite boy bands were featured I would devour the interviews with such excitement and felt that, with each answer, I knew them a little better.  All pretty standard for a teenage girl.  But here's the sad part - sometimes I would answer the questions as if I was the one being interviewed, for example:

SH: What's your favourite word?

KH: Ooh there are so many! But I say ' happenin' ' a lot. (I don't think I ever said that in real life, but I wanted to sound cool in an interview!)

What's even more sad is that I still do it.   I love the little contributor Q&A sections at the front of magazines where they ask a photographer or a stylist random questions like "If you were a shade of paint, what colour would you be?" (Fired Earth's Orchard Pink) or "What interiors accessory could you not live without?" (The White Company bed linen).

The one that always gets me thinking though is "How would you describe your interiors style?" But finally, I have an answer!


Everyone loves a portmanteau word these days so I've invented one which I think best sums up my style: Scandinavian mixed with Indian.  

I am aware that these two are at opposite ends of the style spectrum.  Scandi is all minimalist and airy whereas in India more is more - a sensory overload, full of noise both aural and visual.  But, if you de-saturate it, there are more similarities than you might think...

                                              India doesn't have to mean colour!

                                              India doesn't have to mean colour!

I have previously written about my love affair with  white and grey (read the post here) and I favour texture over pattern.  Both styles lend themselves to this simple, rustic look that I crave. Both styles are heavily influenced by natural materials, with perhaps wood being the most obvious example: India is well known for its wooden furniture (usually teak or rosewood) and intricately carved doors and panels. Homes are often scented with sandalwood.  The lightweight woods of Scandinavia - Norway Spruce and Scots Pine - are an integral part of the Nordic home.

Metal is also widely used in both cultures, from practical zinc and steel to decorative gold and silver.  Cotton and linen are popular choices for textiles in both regions and can be juxtaposed perfectly with both the wool and furs of Scandi design and the silk and jute that is common in Asia.

It's no surprise that some of my favourite shopping destinations specialise in these types of products.  I've compiled this mood board to show you how it can work...

I'd love to know how you would describe your style! Let me know...

Shop the look at:

Lombok, Cox and Cox, Graham and Green, Nordic House, Raft, Nkuku, Pale & Interesting