Wallpaper desginer inspired by childhood in her latest creations

A local wallpaper designer has taken inspiration from her childhood playground Rivington Oriental Gardens for her latest creations.

Friday, 10th April 2020, 11:55 am
Updated Friday, 10th April 2020, 11:56 am
Nina Marika Tarnowski,

Nina Marika Tarnowski, who runs Woodchip and Magnolia with her husband Paul from her home i created the collection of six bright prints to bring the magic of Rivington indoors. Their creation coincides with the area’s new conservation scheme.

The 45-year-old said: “I was inspired by my childhood memories of walking round the area - the colours; the rhododendron bushes; and how surreal it felt to have a Japanese garden in Rivington.

“It was so characterful.”

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Nina Marika Tarnowski at home with her designs, based on Rivington Gardens, aboive and left Nina horse riding at Rivington as a child

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing their hard work once the pandemic is over,” said Nina.

“We’re lucky to have such incredible spaces in Lancashire.”

Now the mum-of-two is encouraging people to recreate the beauty of their favourite childhood nature spots at home to help them cope with life under lock-down.

“It makes such a difference, when you’re staring at four walls, to have a touch of familiarity at home. It makes us feel safe and happy,” she said.

“It’s incredibly important to create a tranquil space somewhere - and nature can offer that. This week, people have been requesting bespoke nature-themed murals to put on their walls.”

In fact, it seems many people are using this period of isolation to make their homes more inviting. Paul and Nina say not only are they still shipping products worldwide but have seen traffic to their website hit its highest ever level.

“The amount of people who are still ordering wallpaper is incredible,” said Nina.

“The way we style our home can have a huge impact on our emotional well-being, she adds.

“Colour and pattern are so important in the home because they are very emotive and provide warmth,” she said.Your mood can dip easily, especially in these hard times, but seeing patterns and colour helps to level my emotions. People are now being more creative in their homes, and creating a space that feels safe.”