Linwood Fabrics & Wallpapers


When I came across Linwood Fabrics recently on Instagram, it was fabric and wallpaper love at first sight.

And the further I delved into their collections, the more I fell in love. And then I received a sample delivery and wanted to find a place for each and every fabric and wallpaper in my home.  Linwood have the air of a company that's been around a lot longer than their relatively young twenty-four years, with their newest Tango collection already feeling like a classic. Like a good pop song you just can't shake, their designs feel familiar yet fresh at the same time. I should also mention that they know a thing or two about presentation. How beautiful is this sample wrap?!

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Anyway, enough fan-girling, I’ve teamed up with Linwood and created four schemes using their fabrics and wallpapers, and honestly, although these days I’m more drawn to the neutral tones of my Pale & Interesting scheme, I actually love each one of these schemes as much as the next, and I had SO much fun creating them, as you can probably tell!

I think my personal interior style is a little schizophrenic, but with the amount of imagery we’re bombarded with on a daily basis I also think that’s completely normal. It’s also okay to love an over the top Colourful Maximalist scheme, but prefer to live predominantly with soft neutrals in your home, it’s okay to love the Dark & Moody look, but prefer to live with brights. And it’s also okay to love lots of different looks too. I’m not saying you should throw all these looks into your home, but you know, your home, your rules. And if you want a bit of everything? Why not?

Pale & Interesting

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A neutral room that isn’t dull and sterile requires a lot of layering and texture. So a patterned (or textured) wallpaper is a great start, then add velvets, linens, and warm metallics. A bit of whimsy is a must. And even a pale room needs grounding with a touch of black (or in this case, charcoal).

French For Pineapple Blog - Linwood Fabrics


French For Pineapple Blog - Linwood Fabrics

Walls: Hudson Bay Wallpapers – ‘Nova Scotia’

Upholstery: Tango Weaves –‘ Pampas’ in Dove

Soft Furnishings: Omega Italian Velvet in Mercury / Omega Italian Velvet in Latte / Tuscan Linen in Cane

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Dark & Moody


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I adore this look and have fallen a bit head over heels for the Island Paradise wallpaper too. How far you go with wallpaper is of course up to you – one wall, two walls or all four, or just the ceiling, just a chimney breast, the backs of shelves – the possibilities are endless!


French For Pineapple Blog - Linwood Fabrics

French For Pineapple Blog - Linwood Fabrics

Walls: Tango Wallpapers – ‘Island Paradise’ in Noir

Upholstery: Tuscan Linen in Dusk

Soft Furnishings: Fable Weaves – ‘Tyger’ – in Galaxy / Omega II Italian Velvet in Adriatic / Omega Italian Velvet in Linen

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Geo Dreams


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I love the look of print on print, or as I like to call it, Pattern Drench. Whether it’s matching or contrasting colour ways, this look is always so much fun!

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Walls: Tango Wallpapers – ‘Pagoda’ in Sherbert

Upholstery: Tango Weaves – ‘Pagoda’ in Graphite

Soft Furnishings: Tango Italian Velvet in Blossom / Tango Italian Velvet in Peanut / Omega Italian Velvet in Pampas

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Colourful Maximalist

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This look has been having a real moment of late, but it does need to be considered to stop it looking too chaotic. Keep some colour continuity by taking your secondary colours from your main colour source. In this case the green of the wallpaper is echoed in the stunning Jungle Rumble velvet, and the other fabric colours are taken from that.

The result is actually quite a restricted colour palette and that’s why it works. I love this Jungle Rumble print so much and it also comes in wallpaper. Firmly bookmarked for use in my house one day. A hallway or a cloakroom is perfect if you don’t want this much busy pattern in rooms you spend the most time in.

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French For Pineapple Blog - Linwood Fabrics

French For Pineapple Blog - Linwood Fabrics

 Walls: Tango Wallpapers –‘ LA Sunset’ in Mantis

Upholstery: Tango – ‘Jungle Rumble’ in Leopard

Soft Furnishings: Tango Velvet in Sherbet / Omega II Italian Velvet in Cognac / Omega II Italian Velvet in Baize

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Many of these fabrics and wallpapers come in other colourways so do go and have an explore of the Linwood site, and let me know in the comments below what your favourite scheme is!

This post is in collaboration with Linwood Fabrics.

Velvet Fever In The Kitchen With Swaffer

When I was doing my kitchen re-fit, I knew the palm fabric on the banquette had to go. While the cushions had survived well enough over the last few years, the cover for the seat itself, was dirty, worn and very badly faded. I was also ready for a change as the pattern defined the room to a certain extent, and it was time to move on from that look.

I didn't want to replace it with another pattern as I wanted to keep things quite pared back and calm, (give or take a cushion or two!) but I did want texture and warmth. I considered two fabrics only, which were linen and velvet.

French For Pineapple - Velvet Fever In The Kitchen With Swaffer

Now I'm the first to admit that velvet probably isn't the most practical choice for a kitchen where kids sit to eat, but sometimes you have to put practical things aside, and go with your heart instead, and when a selection of beautiful velvet swatches from Swaffer landed on my door mat, I knew that there was no contest. It HAD to be velvet, practical or not!

However, it turns out that the Venice velvets actually have a built-in soil and stain repellent, which also prevents liquid spills from being absorbed. I can confirm that this has already been tested in our kitchen, and a food spill literally wiped right off, leaving no mark at all. So perhaps not such an impractical choice after all.

Originally I'd thought I'd go with blue, but when I saw this olivey-chartreuse colour, I fell in love immediately - it was THE ONE.

French For Pineapple - Velvet Fever In The Kitchen With Swaffer

I had intended to have box-cushion cover made, but decided that the velvet would sit better if it was upholstered onto the bench, so I recycled the original foam, and did just that. Have I ever told you how much I love my staple gun? I also had a local seamstress make a couple of bolster cushions out of the left-over fabric, which are super cute!

French For Pineapple - Velvet Fever In The Kitchen With Swaffer

French For Pineapple - Velvet Fever In The Kitchen With Swaffer

It's a complete coincidence that the cushions from Black Parrots just happen to be the perfect match, however, it's no coincidence that it's also a perfect match for the beautiful handblown glasses that I picked up on holiday in Formentera in the summer. I knew they had to come home to my kitchen, that was actually still in it's old guise at that point, to become friends with the velvet that would eventually go on the banquette. Yep, I'm that person.

I just adore how the green looks in the room, it picks up the greens from outside and somehow manages to be both bright yet muted.

French For Pineapple - Velvet Fever In The Kitchen With Swaffer

It's a seriously good quality fabric and very heavyweight, suitable for everything from curtains to cushions, bedspreads and fixed upholstery, which is why I decided to outsource the bolsters as I didn't want to destroy such a stunning fabric with my very basic sewing skills, and I also wasn't sure my sewing machine would actually be able to get through more than one layer of it.

I'm also head over heals for their Mineral Velvet Collection, and think that the Marble design may find it's way into my living room next year. It's just SO gorgeous!

French For Pineapple - Velvet Fever In The Kitchen With Swaffer

My other Swaffer favourite, and what I'd have used in the kitchen had I not fallen so hard for the velvet, is the Acer linen-look fabric, which comes in a staggering forty-eight beautiful colours, and is again suitable for curtains, blinds and upholstery.

French For Pineapple - Velvet Fever In The Kitchen With Swaffer

French For Pineapple - Velvet Fever In The Kitchen With Swaffer

Do check out the Swaffer range when you're looking for fabric for your home, I'm so glad I discovered them. There's a sample service on their website, and they're stocked at a huge number of retailers around the country (and world for that matter).

This post is in collaboration with Swaffer.








Florrie + Bill: The Studio Collection

You might already be familiar with Florrie + Bill (named after founder Amy Cawson's grandparents), because they've been breathing new life into vintage furniture for several years now, but only recently launched their very own fabric range, The Studio Collection, that you can match up with a retro cocktail chair (love this option!), select a vintage piece from their current range, or even send your own piece of furniture for them to upholster in one of their fabulous patterns.

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When I went along to their press show back in November last year, I let out a squeal of delight when I saw this cocktail chair (that also got some serious love on my Instagram!) covered in their 'Chips' fabric in Peach. It's such a showstopper, and cocktail chairs are super handy occasional seating too - comfy, without taking up a load of space.

The Studio Collection designs - Chips, Glaze, Terrain, Impression and Fragment, were inspired by their workshop, which was once a lace factory. From the original Crittall windows, to the patina of the upholstery work bench, the peeling paint of the walls, and the worn and cracked terrazzo-eque floors. Though inspired by the past, each design has a thoroughly contemporary feel, and they all sit beautifully together thanks to the lovely muted colour palette. The big problem though, is which one to choose!

French For Pineapple Blog - Florrie + Bill The Studio Collection Chaise in Factory setting


For me, Chips (in peach, obvs.) is the standout, but I do love all the designs, especially the perfectly imperfect grid of Glaze, and Fragment too for their graphic look, but then I love the softness of Impression and Terrain. It's a really stunning collection, and basically I want them all.

If you can't decide which one you love best, never fear, because most of the designs are available in cushions too, including huge floor cushions, so you could always buy a cushion first to help you make up your mind. Yes, I'm a shopping enabler. Sorry.

French For Pineapple Blog - Florrie + Bill The Studio Collection Cushion Collection

French For Pineapple Blog - Florrie + Bill The Studio Collection Cushion Montage


I'd love to see a wallpaper collection in these patterns, I think they'd be a huge success.

Do have a further look at the The Studio Collection here, not only because these are really great designs, but because Amy is a thoroughly lovely lady. I think Florrie + Bill would be very proud indeed.