Little House Designs ~ 2019
The ethos behind LHD is to help you create a beautiful home that reflects your personality, is as individual as you are, and will give pleasure to you, your friends and family.
Our range includes made to measure curtains, blinds, cushions, and framed embroideries. We are constantly developing new ideas to bring you something that is both beautiful and functional, so if there is anything specific you are looking for, please do get in touch to see if we can help.
Many of our designs can be given as a gift, and will make a treasured keepsake, whether it is for a new born baby, special birthday, marriage, anniversary or any other celebration. Whether you choose one of our “generic” designs or opt to have them personalised, the recipient will know that you have gone out of your way to make their gift special.
Being able to offer bespoke designs extends this even further, and the ideas are only limited by your imagination, so please do feel free to call me to discuss any ideas you may have. I would love to hear from you.
If you would like to know how Little House Designs was created, then please read on.
How it all began
From Hatfield Peverel to Harrods ….
My love of fabrics began at ten years of age, when I went to Linguard Fabrics in Maldon, to buy 1/2 metre of fabric to make a mini skirt. Fashions have come and gone since that day but my love of fabric has never diminished.
I started my first company, Cootes Cottage Crafts in 1978, having made a “bespoke patchwork bedspread” for our new home which everyone admired. Initially I used party plan as a platform to sell the products I created. The range broadened as I listened to my customers requests for items that couldn’t be found elsewhere and so it grew, until after five years I had 30 agents and 30 outworkers. At this point I decided to approach high end retailers, and was thrilled when John Lewis took my designs for their most pretigious stores in London. In addition I did work for Harrods, members of A.I.S and designed/produced soft furnishings for a manufacturer of Italian nursery furniture and accessories.
To becoming East Anglia’s Largest Trade Embroiderers ….
It was now 1988, and my husband and I set up our new company together, Top Marques Embroidery. I was sad to say goodbye to soft furnishings but excited at the prospect of learning a new skill in machine embroidery design and application. New technology was only just coming into the embroidery world at this time, and my first programme was so new that there wasn’t even a manual, it was a sharp learning curve. The company grew rapidly and we became the biggest trade embroidery company in East Anglia with 70 heads of machinery.
To Supplying Promotional Clothing and offering a design and embroidery service to quality trade clients …
Not wanting to run a large company, when my husband retired, I set up another embroidery company, Top Marques Direct but this time offering promotional clothing as well as machine embroidery and design. My experience in embroidery design also meant that I was attracting quality trade clients.
Whilst the company was small, it was extremely busy and I was pleased that our reputation for quality found us supplying well respected companies throughout the country, but at the back of my mind, I was hankering to go “back to my roots” of soft furnishings. This time however, I had over 25 years of experience in embroidery which would enable me to create bespoke designs and really explore new areas that before had not been possible before. Once I had sold TMD, I was then able to really concentrate on what was my fourth company in the textiles industry, Little House Designs.
2019 has already seen Little House Designs going into new areas, and I love the challenge that this brings. I look forward to many years doing what I love best, producing high quality designs and soft furnishings that will help you create a home that is as individual as you are or to find that special gift for someone you love.
Little House Designs