Bard Brilliance!


Hello All, Elsie Wolfe is back again!

I know it feels like only yesterday that I posted but I just had to let you in on the news.                           I must admit I like to leave decent gaps between my blogs.  After all one does not rush onto the next course before one has savoured the first, and cleansed ones palette so that one may enjoy the full richness of the next. (giggle) Well that is the plan. So I fully understand your surprise at the speed of this blog on the the back heal of the last. Stay with me please? They are related. 

Enjoy my lovely’s  xx


Olivia Bard has a NEW range!

Olivia Bard‘s new collection was showcased at the Scottish Interiors this year in February, those of you who didn’t manage to get there read on ? Olivia Bard kindly sent their postcard designs that show a sneak peak of what the BURNISHED GRANDEUR range has to offer………


This collection oozes style and luxury reminiscent of the opulence and beauty of historical French Elegance. I feel the designs are reminiscent of the excesses of Louis XV‘s  reign and that of his predecessor Louis XIV.

And I love it!

Louise XIVs great palace at Versailles

Louise XIVs great palace at Versailles (Google Images)

17th century France

“In this period, Louis’ minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert established royal control over artisanal production in France; henceforth France would no longer purchase luxury goods from abroad, but would, herself, set the standard for quality. This control was also seen in the creation of an academy of painting and sculpture, which maintained a hierarchy of thegenres of painting (the “noblest,” according to André Félibien in 1667, being historical painting), a strong use of pictorial rhetoric, and a strict sense of decorum in subject matter.

Furnishings and interior designs from this period are referred to as Louis XIV-style; the style is characterized by weighty brocades of red and gold, thickly gilded plaster molding, large sculpted sideboards, and heavy marbling.”

Extract taken from Wikipedia. (They explain it quite eloquently)

I feel that even though Olivia Bard has not used all the patterns of this period she has harnessed its essence of luxury, texture and taste. Historical French Elegance has been given a modern edge.



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Musée Nissim de Camondo. Salon des Huets room furnished in Louis XV style





Velvet, chenille and jewelled highlights crown these fabrics creating a truly sumptuous collection re-discovering heirlooms in all their glory. I just love the way that colour seeps through from the back of some of the patterns giving them depth and luxury. Red behind pewter, cobalt blue and pearl. I feel this collection has strength and longevity .

I love how Olivia Bard has broken into the industry with strength and sophistication. Long may this continue. Who knows? There may be further additions to the repertoire of this brand in the future? Bedding, wallpaper ? Who knows what the future will bring ?                                                         Whatever direction The Haddow Group and Olivia choose to take, I watch them with eager anticipation. Until the future arrives lets feast and enjoy on what Olivia bard have to offer in the present.                                                                                                                                                          

These first collections deserve our utmost attention for they are truly wonderful !

Till next time, thank you for reading



It’s Child’s Play

Loving the New bedding By John Lewis so just had to re share.


Hi Elsie here,

It isn’t something you do every day but when you get involved in designing a child’s bedroom it is so much fun!!!!

Through the years I have been very lucky to design many children’s bedroom soft furnishings. It never ceases to amaze me at the scarcity of choice.  

Read on to see what I found?




Children’s books have been a wonderful place to start where interiors have been concerned.

From Beatrix Potter, Winnie The Pooh and more recently some of Roald Dahl’s creations.

Osborne & Little/London

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There’s A New “Bard” In Town

Hi all , E.Wolfe here again.

“Do mine eyes deceive me? ” No Adriana, “ehem” I mean dear reader they do not. There is a new designer making their début in the world of interior soft furnishing with the Haddow Group.              Yes! I know! I am excited too.


We all know the Haddow Group. They are a family run 35 year strong British business with divisions in beauty, nightwear, swimwear and INTERIORS. 

For many years Kestral Lister has been their primary focus of interiors. They design, manufacture and distribute all from the famous Lister Mills in Bradford. Giving them ultimate quality control over their industry strong product.

But now it is time for something New.


The Haddow Group‘s own Olivia Haddow has taken inspiration from her passion for anthropology (with a first from Durham), along with her love of travel and translated it into six entrancing and evocative collections under the design name Olivia Bard (her birth name).

olivia haddow

But wait, as if this wasn’t enough! Olivia has also skilfully enabled designers to easily create all encompassing designs by creating collections in tiebacks and poles to coordinate with the collections. Thus creating an entire design ensemble of beauty, vivacity and elegance.

First lets look at Pied Beauty, Calm Bazaar, Curious World and Tamed Spirit.

There is just too much goodness to share ( I know, I thought I would never say those words) so I will show you my favourites. I therefore encourage you to visit after reading, to view the range in its entire wondrousness.


Where to first mmmmm? O.K. I will start you off gently and just delve a little into the natural British countryside with Pied Beauty. Here lets celebrate the wonder of individuality of the natural world. Olivia has taken nature created in watercolour with all its delicate brush strokes and vivacity of colour, and encapsulated it in a collection of wonderful prints of vines, florals and dewdrops. Along side this there are soft textured tweed fabrics for upholstery.

Floribunda & Elda 

Now lets go for a spot of shopping in the Eastern bazaar with Calm Bazaar. A bit of an oxymoron but stick with me on this. This collection is buzzing with life of the eastern market place. Whilst at the same time invoking a serenity that is truly mesmerizing. We have everything from the pattern of the souks, along with atmospheric ikats and geometric Moorish tiled designs. The clamour of pattern is reminiscent of the hustle and bustle of the bazaar is aligned with a calm pallet to create ease within the home.

Lets face it, I love a bit of paisley in my life.

1915380_1635751209926350_3764541295788268168_nCalm Bazaar Collection

Marakesh & Serai

I suggest we go tribal now with Curious World. This is so much fun with its zebras and earthy tribal patterns. The tribal people always drew on natural influences and Olivia in turn has used and enhanced this with an honest palette of texture and colour. Simple and harmonious. Enough to get any voyagers blood pumping. I love how the monsoon fabric is reminiscent of the swirling torrents of water as the rain hits down and is thrashed by the winds. The zebras are double printed to give off the look of the layering effect that the herd on the Savannah have to stop the hunter focusing on one prey.

Savannah & Monsoon 3

I need a little rest now with Tamed Spirit. Lets relax in the country side by a church, river, near flowers in the sun. relax and unwind with elegance. This collection has the best that Indian and British craftsmanship can provide. We have colour and variety of texture, with prints and weaves. Natural cotton and wonderfully coordinating trims and poles.

Kew & Milgate

Bowood & Calla

Wonderful aren’t they?

And there’s more!!! Yes, that is right, MORE.

Olivia haddow is hitting the ground running and has two more collections. This time they are enriched with the artistic world. Love Peculiar and Do Decadance. 

“Simply wonderful” I cry, jumping up and down clapping my interior hands like a demented, over fed on sugar 3 year old. I am being spoiled with this abundance of design delights.

Love Peculiar  doesn’t just give one type of art, instead it gives you an embodiment of all artistic endeavours. What I mean when I say this is that, in the world of art, the artist draws from their surroundings (mostly nature) and that is what this collection does. From the realm of ethnic landscapes and cultures from around the world. We are given traditional techniques of paisley, block printing and embroidery. While we are at it lets throw in some classic folk art. That is before we get to the wonderful colours with the choice of Berry and Fuchsia tones complemented with the more subtle muted earthy shades. A great balance of beauty, technique and colour.

Holy, Jaisalmer & Potala

I just love how you can instantly see the inspiration of the Himalayas in the Holy fabric woven chevron. Jaisalmer is wonderfully reminiscent of folk art and the Tibetan prayer lamps are obvious and striking in the Potala fabric.


Ethena & Delphina

We have Moorish influences evident in the Ethena tie back collection and the Delphina layered tie back is rich with texture and simplicity.


And finally we have a touch of class with a splash of glamour and oodles of gorgeousnesses with Do Decadence . Lets transport back to the opulent 1920’s art Deco era. With its rich textures and luxurious golds, pewter and pearl. Why the heck not I hear you say. We all need a bit of “bling” in our life. I had real trouble picking out my favourites from this collection as I love them all! Even the names in this collection scream luxury. For me this collection is the jewel in the crown of the Olivia bard design. Sit back and enjoy Do Decadence.


Alhambra Velvet


Windsor & Hampton


Portland fabric with Elle tieback and Annastasia Tieback

I applaud you in your breakthrough collections Olivia and eagerly await your future inspirational creations with bated breath. I leave you these words of truth by the great Bard himself.

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”                                                                            William Shakespeare.

With love till next time. Thank you for reading


Some of the beautiful photography is by the talented Gemma Jones

Look out for  NEW Burnished Grandeur being showcased at Scottish Interiors. This wonder range inspired by French Heirlooms.