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New collection: The Garden

Elizabeth Ockford Lady Penrose Wallpaper

As our lives slowed down last year, we felt very fortunate to be outside as spring turned to summer and we immersed ourselves in watercolour painting and botanical drawing… Fairly effortlessly, the idea behind our new collection – The Garden – started to grow.

The Garden is a collection of hand-drawn wallpaper designs which explore blooming flowers – from cheerful pansies to exotic orchids – as well as the array of insects typically found in the garden. A love for colour is evident throughout this collection – experimenting with an array of hues to achieve different results.

Here’s an insight into three of our new wallpaper designs from The Garden collection…

Our Cleo design features tiny bugs, beetles, dragonflies and butterflies and was inspired by the precision of entomological studies of insects in pen and ink. Elizabeth opted for a simple two-tone effect – setting delicate linear rows of insects against a contrasting hue.

“In the studio I simply wanted to enjoy drawing the insects. The result is a charming and very
useable wallpaper which takes on a different quality and mood depending on the
chosen colourway.”

Elizabeth chose names based on strong women of historical importance – she was inspired by Cleopatra’s iconic status as a powerful Egyptian queen and femme fatale.

  • Teal – pure emerald green on taupe
  • Sky blue – warm ginger on pale baby blue
  • Fresh green – grass green printed on a cream ground
  • Marine blue – cornflower on a yellow-cream ground
  • Noir – white print on charcoal ground
  • Indigo – an inky ground with vibrant pink print
  • Fuchsia – hot pink ground with deep blue print
  • Ochre – a golden yellow ground with red/pink design

Elizabeth started with delicate botanical illustrations of flowers, seed pods and fruits, before adding in some butterflies and setting them amongst tonal ‘ghost’ outlines of other plants.

Marianne North was a prolific Victorian biologist and botanical artist. North travelled the world in the 1870s and 1880s, making detailed illustrations of the plants she observed in exotic locations. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew opened an exhibition of her work in 1880, and the North Gallery remains open to this day.

“Not only do I love the boldness and brilliance of colour in North’s oil paintings, I’m fascinated by the idea of a woman – in a corset and long skirt – journeying up the Amazon to discover and meticulously document native plants.”

  • Botany – fresh green, cornflower blue and rosy red on off-white
  • Noir – green against a black ground, reminiscent of an enchanted garden at night
  • Lavender – soft mauve and mint, for a pretty vintage effect
  • Sky blue – a fresh pale blue ground with blooms picked out in cream and pastel shades

This design began as a series of ornate swooping butterflies in jewel colours. Elizabeth opted to have them flitting over a tonal ground, with the classic floral and acanthus leaf motif of a softly faded damask.

Lady Penrose – widely known as Lee Miller – was an American fashion model, photographer, photojournalist and World War II correspondent.

“I’m intrigued by the facets of Miller’s life. She was fearless in her war-time reportage – documenting concentration camps and capturing rural poverty – but she was also a muse and collaborator of Surrealist artist, Man Ray. My favourite picture of her is in Hitler’s bath – it’s iconic, audacious and provocative.”

  • Dark blue – a denim tone overlaid by a stone design
  • Sky blue – pale blue against a white and stone ground
  • Pink – a soft rose on white
  • Taupe – a stone ground with lighter floral print
  • Ochre – a sunny yellow ground with lighter floral print

As with The Islands, interior designers can access our entire new collection via a compact style box which includes A4 samples of all designs. To order The Garden as a style box, please email Enquiries@elizabethockford.com

We hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into the new collection – we’ll be introducing more of The Garden in a future article…

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New collection: Horizon

horizon in pale blue colourway in a modern living space with table chairs mantle piece and a rug

It’s fair to say that we’ve all been through a challenging and anxious time for much of this year. However, as a positive side effect of lockdown, many of us have had time to pause, reflect and live more simply.

With our slower pace of life we’ve immersed ourselves in ancient woodland, roamed through rolling meadows, and meandered along beaches – rediscovering our appreciation of nature, as the seasons change.

rocket the dog
Baxter the dog sat in a misty foggy field
a rainbow in horsted keynes

Our sense of awe at the beauty of the changing light has filtered through into our atmospheric new line: Horizon – a range of tonally graduated wallpaper inspired by light fluctuations.

evoking a mood through colour

As with all our collections, with Horizon we’ve used colour to evoke a mood. In exploring the transience of light – at dusk or dawn, on fair days or in stormy times, through the seasons – we’ve created six core colour variations, from the freshness and serenity of a mist-shrouded field to the dynamic tonal shifts of a more dramatic climate and landscape.

Our sophisticated Taupe Horizon explores the perfect shade of neutral brown in a gentle gradient, from deep to delicate. The overall effect of Taupe is reminiscent of a view over fields of threshed wheat stubble, with the autumnal mist ascending.

Horizon collection in Taupe
Horizon, Taupe
Taupe moodboard for Horizon collection
Image source: Unsplash

The inspiration for this colour palette was that gorgeous early evening moment when – although the sun has gone down – there’s still a remnant of luminosity in the sky. Starting with an icy shade that passes through forest-like teal and into velvety ink, Deep Blue is peaceful and calm and also reminds us of swimming underwater, with the deepening shades of the ocean.

Horizon collection in Deep Blue
Horizon, Deep Blue
pale blue moodboard for Horizon
Image source: Unsplash

Off White is the airiest and most subtle option in our Horizon line-up. A perfect dove grey gradually fades into an understated antique linen shade, capturing the ethereal quality of an illuminated fog as it descends, or the intensity of light that often occurs before a flurry of snow.

Horizon collection in Off White
Horizon, Off White
off white moodboard for Horizon
Image source: Unsplash

There’s a wonderful freshness and purity to the tones of Horizon in Pale Blue. Our colour palette was inspired by the gradual shift in hues, when gazing over the distant horizon on a bluebird day. There’s also a resemblance to the milky aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, diffused by rising vapour.

Horizon collection in Pale Blue
Horizon, Pale Blue
pale blue moodboard for Horizon
Image source: Pixabay, Unsplash

Reminiscent of sunny walks through fields of rippling barley, our Ochre colourway will bring a hazy golden warmth to interiors.

Horizon collection in Ochre
Horizon, Ochre
ochre moodboard for Horizon
Image source: Unsplash

There’s a real intensity to Carbon – we wanted to explore the gradient from bitter chocolate through velvety mole grey with red and violet undertones. Atmospheric and electrifying, the hues found in Carbon were borrowed from dramatic landscapes: the point where a moody sky dissolves into an expanse of choppy sea, diffused by a filter of sea fret; or the purple-brown of heather-clad hills beneath a brooding cloud.

Horizon collection in Carbon
Horizon, Carbon
carbon moodboard for Horizon
Image source: Unsplash, Pixabay

If you love the graduated ombré effect of Horizon but you’d prefer it in an alternative colour palette then please contact us. Our customisation service means that we can tweak many of our designs, just for you and your project.

bespoke design service for horizon wallpaper

Horizon is digitally printed onto a softly embossed material with a texture reminiscent of linen.

Supplied as a 12 metre roll (4 x 3 metre panels), the product can be trimmed to fit wall widths and ceiling heights and applied with the lighter tone at the top and turning to dark or in reverse, according to your preference.

Please email us if you’d like more advice on Horizon – enquiries@elizabethockford.com