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17 May 2013

Hoorrah! Finally back on line after being hacked back in April. Palestinian extremists, crazy but true. Still updating a few photos but lovely new fabrics to follow soon.


February 2013

I sold this wonderful Barbara Brown fabric to a lovely lady in Surrey who has had curtains made for her patio style house. I think they look wonderful.



December 2012

These are some vintage fabric blinds and curtains I've made recently.




27th May 2012

Just returned from the Mid Century Modern Show at Lords Cricket ground. Glorious day, and lots of interest, including some regulars! Take a look at for the next show, it's probably in 6 months time, either at Dulwich or Lords, and I'll be there.


2nd May 2012

Take a look at the June edition of Country Homes and Interiors, there's an article about my workroom and home!


21 June 2011

I'm in the Sunday times home section this week with a full page picture!

Back to the future

Katrina Burroughs

Midcentury modern is back in vogue, but don’t get stuck in a time warp – mix old with new to keep things fresh. Simple, linear wooden furniture plus colourful graphics is a winning vintage combination.

Prints charming, from £50 
Lucy Bates’s 1960s fabric cushion covers (50cm square, £50) are pictured with Ercol’s Pebble nest of tables and a canvas designed by Ida Huntley for Heal’s, printed in 1962 (£100). 01462 742905,

Today’s vintage chic isn’t just a random jumble of junk-shop finds — stores such as The Conran Shop and Heal’s now flaunt 20th-century treasures, with fresh reissues of retro textile designs and sharp new pieces by grand old furniture brands.

Midcentury-modern-style homewares in mint condition are now the norm: unchipped, unfrayed and unfaded, just as designers such as Lucienne Day and Lucian Ercolani intended. The trend is for cherry-picking a few outstanding originals, rather than a mass of artfully tatty pieces. So what should the homeowner with a yen for vintage look out for?

A few basic shapes set the right tone: timber splay-legged dining tables, occasional tables (such as the Ercol Pebble nest, first picture), and long, low-slung sideboards.

Simple, linear wooden furniture plus colourful graphics is a winning vintage combinationThe mid-20th-century British and Scandinavian sideboards stocked by Orange and Brown (07968 218029, and Fears and Kahn (01623 882170, are perfect pieces around which to build a modern vintage interior.

Over the backdrop of warm wood furnishings, you can layer pattern and texture, in the form of ceramics and textiles. Among the best buys, for value and decorative oomph, is the patterned Scandinavian tableware from H Is for Home. A Picknick pattern lidded pot, designed by Marianne Westman for Rorstrand of Sweden in the 1960s, costs £30 (01706 819941,

Lucy Bates’s fabric collection features stylish 1960s and 1970s fabrics. Look out for the sunshine-yellow cushion in Compact fabric by Judith Henderson, designed for Heal’s in 1968 (£40,

It’s crucial to keep the look fresh with a contemporary palette — after all, you don’t want your home to feel like a “how we used to live” museum display. You can spice up the understated, modest tempo of mid-20th-century forms with spectacular lighting. Try the interior designers’ favourite supplier, Vincenzo Caffarella, for 20th-century Murano chandeliers in coloured textured glass (from £1,500, 020 7724 3701,

A couple of beautifully illustrated books, just published, offer a wealth of ideas for a stylish vintage makeover: Katherine Sorrell’s The Vintage Modern Home (Merrell £25) and Emily Chalmers’s Modern Vintage Style (Ryland Peters & Small £20). Or an inspiring trip around Alfies Antiques Market, NW8 (, would be hard to beat. From the comfort of your Eames Lounge Chair, you can, a site that offers a tempting selection of collectable vintage homewares, run by the same folks that stage the excellent Midcentury Modern Shows (next show October 9, Bristol;


May 2011

Just did a bespoke canvas for a client measuring 140cms by 120cms. It looked fabulous, next week I'm working on one 2m high! May be a challenge. I will post pics as soon as I've done it.

April 2011

Got some great shots of my friend Kate and Del's new barn conversion, designed by our architect and now good friend Toni Moses. Kate is a big Modernist fan and was really keen to use a few vintage fabrics from me in her finished interiors.

March 2011

Great month for press, got a mention in this months Elle Deco in their shopping section. They printed a list of good places to start looking for vintage pieces, must have seen me at Mid Century Modern in Dulwich.

26th March 2011

Got a mention in Guardian Space Magazine, they ran an article One click to the Past highlighting good on line vintage sites. So pleased they found me!

20th March 2011

Showed again at Mid Century Modern in Dulwich. Good show for me. There are always such nice people there, well informed and looking for something out of the ordinary. It's always so busy I don't get much time to look round, maybe next time!