Spring collection Q&A with Paula Wallace
23 Jul, 2021
Meet our spring 2021 collection
We chatted with Paula Wallace, our Design Director, about the new spring collection. Discover the inspiration behind this seasons must have pieces for a beautiful home and styling tips for a coordinated look. Learn more about the partnership for good between Ruby Seeto, Starship Children’s Hospital and Wallace Cotton.
As we look forward to lighter and brighter days with spring on its way, refresh your home with bed linen, homeware and sleepwear from our new collection.
Q: What do you love about spring?
A: What’s not to love about spring – the anticipation of warmer weather, lighter mornings and evenings, salad leaves in the garden, the first asparagus, the general feeling of good things to come. It is time for a slight change in the wardrobe department, as well as freshening up the home to shoo away winter.
Q: What is the inspiration behind the designs and colour palette of the spring collection?
A: This spring, we felt that a little grounding was required after such a fickle year, with home being our safe-haven. You will see soft natural and forest tones, delicate botanical prints, and classics revisited, in a collection to fit into our homes with comfort and grace.
Q: How does the spring collection work together for a coordinated look?
A: The combination of ginghams, botanicals and textures are beautiful to coordinate with previous pieces and classic whites. I love choosing one colour or pattern, then styling it with neutral and white for each room to keep colour palettes simple, and to let each hero sing.
Q: What are your styling tips to mix and match new Pakiri bed linen with pieces from previous seasons?
A: Pakiri gingham is the perfect combination of neutral and white, so it is like the middle sister, fitting in with everything. Try it with Palma bed linen and a Prairie natural quilt, beautiful with the new Titirangi in earthy tones of the forest, and lovely with all of the new Barley Throws. Looking back at previous seasons, Pakiri will also work with Endless Love, a magnificent Magnolia print, or keep it crisp with a white Unity quilt.
Q: Tell us a little bit about the new Ruby Seeto Starship collection.
A: Ruby noticed how Carrot Cakes are back in foodie fashion and has immortalised her grandmother’s recipe with her special illustrations, including some very cute carrots. This year’s range includes a tea towel and a washcloth set. Ruby Seeto has been working with Wallace Cotton since 2009, when she was just a nine-year-old cancer survivor, designing colourful tea towels to raise funds for Starship, our national children’s hospital. Since then, together we have raised over $500,000 and we are hugely proud of what we have achieved for Starship children and their families.
Q: Which of your favourites from the spring collection will you be adding to your home?
A: An Emily tablecloth will be the star of my gathering table for spring. The living room will get freshened up with some new Barley throws, and some of my beds may look very much like the ones in the spring catalogue.
Q: Can you tell us about the location photoshoot for the spring campaign?
A: We were so grateful to be allowed to shoot in this gorgeous home on Waiheke. When I first saw it, I fell in love as it has a lovely warm character, with use of recycled timber and a hand painted kitchen. The architect was Paul MacIntosh, a favourite on the island and with Wallace Cotton, after having featured many of his projects in our previous catalogues. This one really is my dream home.