I began Marmalade House 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.
Back in England, a pivotal moment was stumbling into Annie Sloan’s magical shop in Oxford. It was here, I discovered her wonderful chalk paint 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.