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Pretty tropical floral bedding





Pretty tropical floral bedding

I loved week three’s ‘Fancy Floral’ assignment and I was suprised at how quickly the whole project came together.  From research, initial drawings, through to slotting all the design elements into a repeat for bedding, I enjoyed each part of the process. I have to say that on the odd occasion, I get into a bit of a rut and have to try to get myself out of it. However, this didn’t happen with the ‘Fancy Floral’ brief.

With experience, you work out your own best way for tackling a design project. I’m always learning what works for me and it helps that I take part in different courses. I’m constantly designing (studio and in my spare time), and I’m getting to a point now, where I know which techniques and tools I prefer to use. These are paints, inks, collage and the Adobe suite.

After researching the flowers I wanted to use within my design, and the style I wanted to develop, I produced a moodboard. These are the colours and types of flowers that inspired me when creating my pretty tropical floral bedding. I love the contemporary style and decided on a more abstract feel.


All above images are from Pinterest

For my pretty tropical floral bedding, I decided to paint my flowers & leaves and then finish off my designs in PhotoShop. Here are a couple of pages from my sketchbook.

It’s funny that when putting the flowers in repeat and creating the reverse of the duvet, pillowcases and coordinating cushions, they brought back memories from when I used to design bedding at Dorma. Whilst there, I produced different types of patterned designs, and I recall designing a pattern where the main focus of the design was situated at the end of the bed. I wanted to produce something like that again, for my new design.

In the middle area, I applied fluttering butterflies, and a soft, ink splatter, which gradates to the top of the duvet. The flowers on the pillowcases are much bigger in scale.

I wanted my pretty tropical floral bedding to have a fun element, so I strategically placed coloured pom poms around the edges of the duvet and pillowcases.

To conclude, here is my final tropical floral design with coordinating abstract and green botanical cushions.



I’m looking forward to week four’s brief, which is all about geometrics.


Emma Jayne x


Contemporary hallway makeover moodboard




Just over one year ago, we decorated quite a few rooms (all at once I have to say!) and yes, the house looked like a building site. I think altogether, it had taken three months to strip, paint and carpet five rooms. One area of the house that still needs updating is the hallway and I’ve put together a, contemporary hallway makeover moodboard.

The front entrance to my home is quite dark, as we’re situated within a corner, with a few tall trees from stopping some of the sunlight getting through.  It’s great having a corner plot, especially the views we have of the Welsh mountains from the back of the house, yet from where we are positioned, we get limited daylight on the front. So, it is important for me, that when decorating the hallway, it feels fresh and bright.

I love colour, art, pattern and line, so my moodboard combines all of these together. With white walls and and perhaps a yellow feature wall, running up the stairs, a patterned floor would look perfect. For the floor, I have selected geometric patterned tiles in blue and white. How fun would it be to have the stairs painted in a collection of pretty pastel shades. The colours chosen, are complimentary to the blue and white tiles floor, as well as the white and yellow feature walls.

To add more interest/detail to the hallway, I think the wall art and vase will do just that, and to add a bit of a contemporary twist, the console table with its clean lines, will balance perfectly with the angles of the stairs and patterned floor tiles.

For some glamour, the copper telephone and chandelier adds a bit of dazzle to the existing matt tones i.e. walls, stairs and wall art.

Here are some items that I’ve collated for a colourful and contemporary, hallway makeover.

Contemporary hallway makeover moodboard

Mirror/ painting / chandelier / stairs / vase / telephone / floor tiles / console table

Overall, I think the whole collection kind of looks Mediterranean and inviting.  Does this moodboard inspire you to decorate your hallway using these colours and patterns?


Emma Jayne x