“My philosophy is that you can never have too much print and pattern, so this little room was a wonderful opportunity to go to town with an abundance of patterned textiles. My work is influenced by different periods, so there are also references to a variety of eras, from the mid-century bedside table to the art nouveau fireplace and the contemporary textiles.
My designs are based on my hand drawn illustrations, with the odd bit of collage, which I scan into my Mac in order to add colour and create a pattern or print. As my fabrics are digitally printed, I was able to reduce the scale of my Flamingo Flourish, Piña and Fig Leaves designs and to order swatches of digitally printed cotton with miniature versions of these patterns. I then had lots of fun making tiny lampshades, cushions, bed linen and an upholstered bench.
Any bedroom needs some personal touches, so I commissioned my seven year old, Rosa, to draw some miniature portraits and reproduced tiny versions of a few of my favourite family photographs. All in all, this was probably the most fun I have ever had decorating a room!”
Jessica Hayman is an illustrator and designer working in South London. She was invited to take part in the Dream House project because her designs are rich in detail, quirky and timeless – just like dolls’ houses!
See more of Jessica’s work (and the flamingos full size) on her website.