Watercolour Cactus Homewares from Bluebell Gray

This blog really shows its age when we can track the career trajectory of a well established brand by its fledgling beginnings here on The Beat That My Heart Skipped. Many years ago I used to run a feature called ‘A Day With’ where designers gave me an insight into their work day and studio life. In 2010 I featured new designer Fiona Grey after discovering her at small trade show in Chelsea, I remember coming home from the show super excited by her watercolour illustrations printed onto various homeware items.

Anyway – her talent was not to be hidden under a bushel as Fiona is now an international brand, more commonly known as Bluebell Grey and renowned for her signature impressionist watercolour painted textiles that span bedding, upholstery, lighting, dining and can be found everywhere from John Lewis to Bloomingdales.


Fiona’s newest collection is a painterly ode to the cactus trend features a vibrant colour palette of the inky blues, coral pinks and bright teal shades inspired by the Majorelle Gardens of Marrakesh. You can go all out with a dreamy but dramatic wallpaper– £120 for 10m (I’d go for this in a garden room or conservatory) or add just a touch with an eye catching birch wood tray at £28. If you love it but hesitant to commit to such a bold pattern, try out the free screensaver for a test run.

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

2 Comments on Watercolour Cactus Homewares from Bluebell Gray

  1. David
    Monday, October 30th, 2017 10:17 at 10:17 am (2 months ago)

    I want that chair

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