NEWS: Our New Debut Collection Launching in 10 Days Time

10 days and counting until the launch of our NEW Lough Cuan Collection.

Our debut fabric, home decor and gift collection will launch on 23 August 2018 and we can't wait to give you a sneaky preview of what is in store...



The collection draws inspiration from the Strangford Lough area of County Down, Northern Ireland. The goal of the collection is to mix April’s beautiful illustrations with a modern on-trend colour palette inspired by the landscapes of Strangford Lough and the rich lush velvets from Linwood, (based in the New Forest, UK).

The collection includes:

  • Our beautiful linen fabrics, available to purchase by the metre for your own upholstery projects.
  • Our Linen and Velvet cushions
  • Linen Plant Pots covers,
  • Linen & Velvet Cosmetic bags - lined with waterproof lining and finished with a vibrant cotton tassel.
  • Limited edition prints and beautiful stationery.

All fabrics are digitally printed within the UK and are Martindale rub tested to be suitable for upholstery fabric (30,000+ rubs). Each product is made by hand in Northern Ireland.



This collection has taken 10 months to come from initial hand drawn illustrations, through to pattern creation, fabric sampling and printing, to manufacturing of our products, and then photoshoots. We are so proud of what we have achieved, and there have been days when we felt it would never happen.

Each pattern in the collection started with either hand-drawn illustrations or uses hand-painted elements created by April in her County Down studio. From there, the images were scanned into the computer, and repeating patterns with various colourways were created using Adobe Photoshop. The longest stage was the sampling, colour matching and printing, and finding a UK based fabric printing company to bring our patterns to life on beautiful linen union fabrics.

Hand drawn Hydrangea Illustration | April Mawhinney Design Studio | Lough Cuan Collection | Linen Fabrics | Upholstery Fabric | Irish Design | UK Designer | Home Decor
Colour Sampling | April Mawhinney Design Studio | Lough Cuan Collection | Linen Fabrics | Upholstery Fabric | Irish Design | UK Designer | Home Decor

Over the next few days and weeks, we will share with you the inspiration behind each print and share some insights in to the studio. If you would like to be the first to know when the collection launches, about our forthcoming sample sale (where you can pick up a bargain) and see exclusive content, then sign up to our studio Newsletter.

Can't wait to the launch; I hope you will love what you see too :)

April Mawhinney Design Studio Team