How Natural Calico all began !!

Well hello there !!

Here I am, tapping away to my heart's content and yet barely four months ago Natural Calico was no more than a pipe dream! But sometimes you just have to go for it, don't you, and so here we are with a full tank and a fresh set of tyres, all ready for the road ahead!

Just so you know who we are, by way of background, I am an interior stylist - I work with Ashley who is a superb interior photographer and over the past 11 years we have photographed homes for leading magazines all over the UK, Ireland, Europe and the US. As the saying goes - it's tough, but somebody has to do it :)


Here we are - ready to load up after a shoot in France! And yes, we did manage to fit it all in - just don't ask how. I'm sure it wasn't legal!

On our long road trips though, and from chatting among my own friends, what began to strike me is that, when it comes to shopping, we're all so busy these days it's often easier to buy online, from the comfort of your own home.

And from my own odysseys on the Net it's also struck me that there are some brilliant blogs out there where like-minded folk can get together to share ideas and thoughts and know they'll get a sympathetic hearing!

Put that together with the fact we've photographed so many gorgeous 'real' homes and I thought I could maybe share some of these with you - along with tips and ideas on how to create a beautiful home... with minimum fuss.

So in a way, Natural Calico has evolved as an online shop combined with a 'look book' to inspire and a blog to share.

Anyone who knows me will tell you I have always been passionate about interiors. If you feel happy with your home and it 'works' on a practical level, then so many other things in life seem easier - believe me.

So how would I describe Natural Calico style ???? Well overall, it is 'Modern Country' in essence. It's a fairly pared down, comfortable style that works equally well in rural and urban homes. Fabrics are mostly simple linens and cottons. Walls are plain and light. Our style ethos is all about creating a blank canvas and filling it with the gorgeous things you enjoy.Timeless, fresh, comfortable, calm, personal - I could go on... :)

If you love strong colour and heavy pattern, I'm guessing Natural Calico mightn't be quite your cuppa. But then interior style is such a personal thing. There are no rights and wrongs - it truly is a case of finding a style that works for you. So come in and have a look ...

Ashley asked me to pick three words to describe our look. It is .... Cool, Calm and Collected !!!



So there you have it folks - a little bit about Natural Calico. I would love to hear from you - what do you want to read about, is there anything you've been trying to source... drop me a line, please.

Oh, and by the way - our blog isn't all about interiors - variety is, after all, the spice of life, so there will be bits and pieces on travel, food and, well, just anything really that happens to tickle my fancy !! 

Welcome aboard on what I hope will be a great journey :) 

Marie x