Marmalade House was conceived and started by Interior Designer, Vanessa Sayce.
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“Marmalade House began in 2011 when my life-long love of paint, colour, textiles and interiors was finally able to grow from a concept into a reality.
“I studied art, design and textiles at university, trained in interior design in London, and have forever tampered with paint and furniture, fabrics and finds. I lived in the Middle East for a while and searched out interesting furniture from the Yemen, Malaysia, India and back-street Omani carpenters.
“I bought linens and silks from China, Hong Kong and Eastern Europe, filled cupboards and corners with them, and turned them into things. I spent hours watching candle-makers and iron-workers, wood carvers and rug-stitchers, learning how they worked with pigment and colour, shapes and materials.”
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Back in England, a pivotal moment was stumbling into Annie Sloan’s magical shop in Oxford. If you haven’t been – go there! It was here, I discovered her wonderful chalk paints and her inimitable style of painting and use of colour. Annie is a huge inspiration. I trained with her to paint furniture her unique way, and I was lucky enough to then become Annie’s local stockist. Marmalade House was created with the aim to showcase a passion for colour and painting, my own blend of fabrics and accessories and to inspire people to bring out the artist in themselves.
Now juggling three wild young children, an ever-patient and remarkable husband, a dilapidated old farmhouse, an odd collection of animals, and the best job in the world, I am very proud to show you our work and what we do. I hope you like our Marmalade style and our products as much as we love creating them. Thank you for visiting my website.