I’m a huge fan of wallpaper, in fact there is hardly a room in my house that doesn’t feature a heavily patterned wall. I particularly like the House of Hackney range and love the latest addition to their collection, Flights of Fancy. It is not cheap at £148 a roll, you really couldn’t afford to make a mistake matching it up, but it will certainly make a statement.
Iconic wall paper designer Florence Broadhurst has inspired the ‘Year of Pattern’ Spring campaign from kate Spade. The black and white Japanese floral print has been used to decorate clothing accessories, home furnishings and of course wallpaper.
Florence Broadhurst was an extraordinary woman who was born on an isolated Australian farm in 1899. At 15 she wrote an article for her school paper saying “I am resolved to do great things.” By 19 she was singing her way around Australia and by 25 had travelled to most of Asia. After decades of travelling, she returned to Australia posing as an English aristocrat and joined an elite social set. At 63, she set up a wallpaper company “to put the colour back into people’s lives” and created over 800 hugely popular patterns and designs. In 1977, aged of 78, Broadhurst was found murdered in her Sydney wallpaper showroom. Her murder remains unsolved.
Florence Broadhurst, Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives, By Helen O’Neill features illustrations of her distinctive fabric and wallpaper designs, photographs of interiors from around the world using her amazing patterns and the story of her fascinating life. It’s a must for lovers of print and pattern.