By Royal Appointment: Afternoon Tea with Anthony Ferrigno of Colefax & Fowler

Last week, we invited customers to join us in Cafe Poirier, the Hatfields Cafe, for Afternoon Tea and a topical special event. We were delighted to welcome Tony Ferrigno from Colefax & Fowler, Interior designers by royal appointment, to present the company’s latest collections and to share some of his experiences working with the royal family.

A lively group of 25 style conscious customers arrived, hungry for some new design ideas and a lovely cream tea. While the Champagne was being served, we browsed some classic vintage rose style fabrics on linens and chintz, as well as more modern floral patterns with on trend appliqué and embroidery detailing. The distinct styles provoked lively debate, with opinion in the room split evenly between the traditional and modern looks.

So what did we learn?

What is the best selling fabric at the moment from Colefax & Fowler? Surprisingly, it wasn’t one of their intricate patterns or rich velvets. There were many wide eyes in the room when Tony held up a plain flat woven fabric. Natural themes are highly in demand at the moment. Earthy colours and natural textured fabrics are proving very popular. Neutral tones and textures create a calming scheme, with subtle use of pattern and colour lifting the mood and awakening the senses.

This Infinity fabric from Larsen has been used in Homes & Gardens magazine as a tablecloth in one of their features on monochrome schemes and shows how modern designs can be used imaginatively.

Jane Churchill’s colourful Calder Linen with its embroidered leaf is a best seller and comes in several colourways. A versatile print for any room setting.

This Larsen Katsu fabric is a weave and is also reversible; an effective and striking pattern

This quirky fabric is so popular that they can’t print enough of it. It comes in 3 colour ways and would be good for roman blinds, cushions and throws.

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