Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabric Photos and Pictures of Roman Blinds

Here are pictures of roman blinds outside window recesses and our most popular fabrics in room layouts, shot in 2020 to inspire you.

In September 2020, we were able to venture out and achieve a proper week-long photo shoot, in a beautiful old house near Ludlow.

My team and I spent four very creative days, decorating, arranging and finally capturing the rooms in these images. It’s amazing how much work goes into constructing these room sets…and then they only exist for an hour or two…once photographed they are disassembled and packed away within minutes.

We start with a recce visit to a few houses, looking for the perfect windows, floors and architecture to suit the particular fabrics we are showcasing. Photos of specific angles of rooms are taken and measurements of windows. On our return my stylist and I carefully choose a house and the action starts!

The next stages are good old fashioned drawings, coloured in with crayons by my genius stylist. In these drawings all the fabrics and furniture are illustrated and then specified. Our workshops then beaver away, making all the blinds, curtains. sofas and chairs etc…a few months later when we return to the house the drawings are brought to life and re-created almost exactly as she imagined them. You can see some of them below.

These new photos mainly showcase my new florals from the new Botanical Collection, but also include some fresh images of old favourites too, like Cow Parsley, Up in the Air and Plain Dotty. See also our Wildflower Collection.


A cosy corner, full of my new design Dainty Daisy in Field Green on the pelmet and window seat, Damson on the beautiful circular tablecloth and cushion, and finally in Damson and Field Green on the curtains, blind and large cushion. Damson Fallow Deer looks so pretty on the circular pouffe.


This pretty sitting room is decorated in my Pigeon and Soft Raspberry fabrics: Floral Stripe in Pigeon and Soft Raspberry on the sofa and lampshade; Herbaceous Border Detail on the curtains, and finally Plain Raspberry on the lovely square footstool. We also made a melee of coordinating cushions.


I love this bathroom with its dramatic Herbaceous Border – Charcoal roller blinds and stunning pelmets hiding the top of the blind, made from Dainty Daisy in Dark Hay. You can just see my Geometric rug warming up the floor too.


This rounded headboard is smart, yet chic in Dainty Daisy Charcoal. The stylish bed quilt is  made from Life and Eternity in Charcoal, backed with Pretty Maids in Scree. and Winter. Eiderdowns are not part of our made to measure service and this one was made especially for the shoot in Scandi Cool.


This has got to be my favourite room. This is attic room resonates with me because all our bedrooms at home are in the cosy roof space. Red and blue are a timeless combination and can be used to decorate both children and adults rooms; the Up in the Air eiderdown is now on my grandson’s bed!

pictures of roman blinds outside recess

This Smoke and Hay room, is centered around Rose’s beautiful still life painting. I gave her my fabrics and she created paintings especially for the photo shoot. This room shows you a roman blind outside the recess, in Herbaceous Border Detail, Hay, Smoke, Duck Egg and Dove. A footstool with a loose cover in French Ticking in Hay and Smoke to create a very soft feel.


Doesn’t this Limestone Spotty Stripe wall covering look perfect with the stone flag floor? A feeling of neutrality and calm is created by teaming it up with the pair of Danish chairs and a pop of colour from the Cube Footstool in Branching Out – Teal. Cushions are in Pretty Maids – Limestone, Smoke, Winter and Herbaceous Border Detail in Smoke, Teal, Limestone and Dove.


Do you have to work from your spare room? Here is a simple table that doubles up as a desk and offers peace and quiet in a sunny window. These gentle curtains are made from my new Fallow Deer, the eiderdowm from Scandi Cool and chair cover from Up The Garden Path in Dove. Cushions are in Pretty Maids, Limestone, Smoke, Winter and Herbaceous Border Detail in Smoke, Teal, Limestone and Dove.


Here we are…which headboard do you like best? My Sculptured headboard shape is so French don’t you think? I love it and feel it creates a very elegant feel in this room. You can see another of Rose’s still lives on the right of the bed with the Sculptured headboard.


This sitting room is all about Dusky Pink, Plum and Kale. The Traditional Armchairs are covered in Herbaceous Border Detail in Dusky Pink, Plum and Kale. Roman blind in Simple Ticking Kale with a Plain Linen Union Kale border, matching in with the round pouffe covered in the same fabric. Again, a lovely mixture of coordinating cushions.

I also love this beautiful antique bedroom chair in Fallow Deer in Cornflower.


These Life and Eternity Ground, Pigeon cushions look so pretty on this window seat in Dainty Daisy Soft Raspberry.


This is a pastel drawing I did on a arty holiday on the west coast of Scotland with my daughters…Rose made me draw and paint every morning and Flora made me try my hand at Shibori! The Blind in in the new Herbaceous Border Detail in Hay, Smoke, Duck Egg and Dove.


I redecorated two rooms in my house, a sitting room full of books that we grandly call the library and my kitchen…gosh isn’t it hard to make decisions?

I am thrilled to bits with ‘French Grey Dark’ from Little Greene, which I have used to paint all the woodwork and walls in my library room.  I have teamed it up with my new Herbaceous Border Detail fabric in Damson, Lily Pink, Field Green and Clay. It has really worked and has the effect I was hoping for of creating a drawing room from a bygone era.

I will be sharing the process and outcome of my kitchen renovation with you through Instagram and Facebook

First we are in the middle of replacing the single glazed French windows we bought 25 years ago in Lapeyre in Calais with double glazed modern windows and doors from Scandinavia!

Meanwhile I am trying out sample pots of paint around the room. I think I am going towards Farrow and Ball’s Red Earth for the kitchen base cupboards and I am now looking for a gentle off white for the top cupboards and walls…Pointing is too white and Lime White too cream…

I am keen to keep a colour from my hall flowing on into the kitchen. The hall floor and woodwork are painted ‘Powder Blue’…so I think my Smoke or my Powder Blue will be the colours to try.