I am not just about midcentury and vintage, I do love all textiles and prints from all eras and and enjoy sourcing new designers. It’s my intention to aim to share new finds, you never know w… Sour…

Source: LONDON DESIGN FAIR September 2016


VINTAGE TEXTILES – reworking prints

I love to live with pattern, print and colour. Layering patterns and textures is visually stimulating but also draws out our desire for being tactile. The love of touch and feel. The prints that I collect are genuine vintage and most are archived in museums. For me they are an art form from the past, they are a direct link to a time and era. I rework the prints to offer clients and mid century collectors  accessories that complaint their furniture collections. The fabrics are in good condition, having not been used before. I do not rework something that has been a former curtain but do have a small stock of curtains which hare often used in back drops and set designs. I have a shop on Etsy where you can see what I have in stock.

How Did I get here?


Two years  ago I had the random idea to sell our family home. The idea came from nowhere but it was inspired. It was time for a change, I was approaching 50 and having created a working life based around my family needs, my family needs had changed, the kids were becoming independent and I had time on my hands. I didn’t want to change my work commitments but there was a gap of time that only so much dog walking could fill. Not quite a mid life crisis but a need to change. I began to think about how I wanted to live and what I wanted to do and then how I could create all of this. There is a phrase ‘pre retirement’ it seemed to tick the box. People who aren’t ready to give up work but are reducing their commitment to work and making time for something new. Time I have realised is a luxury and it was the thing I had the most of. I Wanted to re connect to the passions of my younger years whilst I have the energy to be that passion. These being my former career as a designer, vintage collecting of fashion and textiles, traveling and being involved in the arts. Communicating and engaging in a world outside of school routine, work and family commitments. It’s a liberating thing to let go. When I moved from our family house of 17 years I had edited my life to a few boxes of memories,  five years of business accounts, and the things that I needed. My daughter was about to leave home and my son who at 14 wasn’t ready to give up on his childhood and  brought the most with him. We downsized from a Victorian London house into a 1930’s period apartment block, that bit sounds cool. Our apartment though had not been cleaned or changed since 1975 (40 years). And so the story begins.


Hello world!

Welcome to my blog.

Fabulous Nelly is a mid century girl, collecting and reworking mid century textiles. Inspired by city living, fashion, interiors and the arts.

Living in London, always on the look out for new finds, from vintage to contemporary design for interiors and  happy to share the experience of sourcing and re working the finds.

Lucienne Day Apex print for heals Lucienne Day Apex print for heals  (Found in Edinburgh a 3m piece unused in perfect condition). Reworked  into cushions.

On the move to other European cities (and beyond) always searching and enjoying meeting new people who are doing something interesting and creative with their time.

My aim is to share my finds, sourcing and experience from trips.

Keen to collaborate with other designers or interested parties.