Hawthorne & Heaney Asks, ‘What does it take to make a house a home?’

Good design never goes out of fashion, and there’s nothing quite like a piece of quality workmanship crafted by hand. Stylish, expertly worked embroidery goes hand in hand with elegant furniture and amenities to creating a tasteful and stylish space for any home.

Embroidered pieces make a big statement, no matter how large or small they may be. They offer a blank canvas to express a unique individuality, with infinite possibilities for customisation. Trims, tassles, personalisations and intricacies can all be combined by a master crafter to create a richly decorative piece unique to you and only you. It takes a significant amount of skill to create something so seemingly effortless, though with an accomplished team of expert crafters, any household can attain a sophisticated and fashionable look with even just a few choice pieces here and there.


Embroidery is not simply types of stitches and weaves. It’s not so much about dazzling with fancy technique and sparkling tidbits as it is about crafting something soulful, something that implies attention to detail, dexterity and artfulness. It hasn’t been mass-produced, and an embroidered piece isn’t decorating some neighbour’s bedroom, living room, or bathroom. Embroidery offers bespoke creativity, tailored to your tastes and sensibilities, and lets your soul speak through design.

vintage demask monogram

Of course, embroidery can’t work solely by itself, and the best design is that which doesn’t draw attention to itself for the wrong reasons. As they say, all good design is 99% invisible! Choosing simple and elegant furniture is key to bringing out the uplifting design effect of embroidered work. For the kitchen or living areas, choosing smooth and sleek designs with light, plain colours will give embroidered items like decorations, throws, tableware and the like the perfect backdrop to be bold foreground showpieces. In the bedroom, understated elegant bedroom furniture like Bedstar’s range of limelight beds will get the most out of any bespoke embroidered linens, sheets, cushions, or runners. Plain design works best: metal or wood furniture is perfect for complimenting bespoke items, in any room of the house.

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It can often seem like a daunting task to attempt to create an uplifting look for the home, and its easy to overdo it. The key step is to relax, and refrain from anything that stands out in the beginning. Sleek understated design is timeless, and will work with just about any other piece to bring out its best qualities.

Written by Olivia Prat. In collaboration with Slap Up Media.

Hawthorne & Heaney on Interiors

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Hawthorne & Heaney has had lots of request over the years to direct our embroidery expertise to apply some of our embroidery techniques to interiors. Occasionally we have dipped our toes into the interiors world, applying goldwork techniques and monograms to cushions and footstools for example but we thought we would also show you some of the inspiring work we have come across recently:

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We also came across this lovely combination where wall covering meet embroidery as Custhom have incorporated embroidered stitches into the graphic design of this paper to add an usual relief element to your feature wall.

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Within the same theme we also came across this inventive floor design by Lin Wei Ling Victoria who drilled and then embroidered into these floorboards.

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Timorous beasties is a design studio up in Glasgow, founded by two friends, Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons who met and Glasgow school of art. They create fabrics and wallpapers in traditional arrangements but insert unexpected themes, mostly inspired by nature. Their work often has a reflective quality as they explore the relationship between, plants, animals and society, a theme that runs throughout their designs.

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Barnaby Gates is another create duo, Vanessa Barnaby and Alice Gates who create really luxurious wall coverings using specially selected, traditional printing processes for each design. There is a quintessential Britishness to the brand as they choose to print in one of the last remaining print works in the Midlands and it provides the inspiration for most of their works.

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In response to this, we thought we tun our hand to apply some of our embroidery expertise to interior design so working with a variety of brocades, this is what we produced:


red silks

pencil draft

red goldwork

gold japanese threads

If you have a special project in mind and are looking for a way to make it unique, get in touch.