INSPIRATION: Behind the Lough Cuan Garden Design

This is the first of posts about our New Lough Cuan collection of fabrics, homewares and gift items. In each post we will give you a bit of insight into each of the prints within the collection & what inspired it.  So let's get started with our first pattern - Lough Cuan Garden.

The Lough Cuan Garden print is the cornerstone of the Lough Cuan Collection, which launched in August 2018. Available in four colourways; we wanted to create a design that showcased April's illustration skills but that also could be used in a variety of interior settings. Available as fabrics, cushions, plant pot covers and cosmetic bags.

April Mawhinney Design Studio | Home Decor Collection | Linen fabrics | Hand drawn and Illustrated.jpg
This print was designed to coordinate with the other prints in the range, and allow you to create a layered, personal look to your home.
— April Mawhinney-Wells, April Mawhinney Design Studio

LOUGH CUAN GARDEN - Teal and Sunset

Two of the colourways (Teal and Sunset) are available with an unprinted linen background – these fabulous understated prints would suit cushions, curtains, and be perfect as an everyday print with their contrasting colour palettes and beautiful hand drawn details.

LOUGH CUAN GARDEN - Blush and Midnight

As the ethos behind the collection is 'Technicolour, Minimalism & Joy', we also created the same pattern in two colour-popping alternatives – Blush and Midnight. These were selected as they will sit in harmony without looking too similar, but also because they would be perfect for upholstery fabric. When used to recover an armchair, sofa or even as a lampshade, these darker and punchier colours would create a statement piece. (And be easier to keep clean than their paler counterparts).


INSPIRATION BEHIND THE PRINT

April Mawhinney Design Studio | Home Decor Collection | Linen fabrics | Hand drawn and Illustrated.jpg
April Mawhinney Design Studio | Home Decor Collection | Linen fabrics | Hand drawn and Illustrated.jpg

Meaning behind the name Lough Cuan:

  • 'Cuan' is an old gaelic word for Harbour.
  • 'Lough' is the word for lake, and is the Irish spelling of the Scottish, Loch.
  • This is the old historic name for Strangford Lough. Strangford comes from the from Old Norse meaning 'strong fjord'.

Inspiration for this pattern started by walking the landscape around Strangford Lough, County Down. April visited some of the beautiful estates around Strangford Lough, and her initial drawings of the hydrangeas and Jays she spotted on these walks, were the starting point for the whole Lough Cuan Collection. The colour palette was inspired by current décor trends and the sumptuousness of Linwood's velvet collections.

The setting for this print (and the full collection) is a joyful room with lots of life and colour. We wanted to reflect the personality of a homeowner; someone who loves contemporary design, and isn't afraid of colour. Banish the beige!


THE LOUGH CUAN GARDEN PRINT IN ACTION...

APRIL MAWHINNEY | COSMETIC BAG | IRISH LINEN | GIFT RANGE | LOUGH CUAN| TEXTILE DESIGN | ILLUSTRATION | SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN
APRIL MAWHINNEY | COSMETIC BAG | IRISH LINEN | GIFT RANGE | LOUGH CUAN| TEXTILE DESIGN | ILLUSTRATION | SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN
APRIL MAWHINNEY | COSMETIC BAG | IRISH LINEN | GIFT RANGE | LOUGH CUAN| TEXTILE DESIGN | ILLUSTRATION | SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN
APRIL MAWHINNEY | LINEN PLANT POT | IRISH LINEN | GIFT RANGE | LOUGH CUAN| TEXTILE DESIGN | ILLUSTRATION | SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN