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An Islington Townhouse

January 25, 2024 3 min read

An Islington Townhouse

It's refreshing to see inside a home designed purely to bring joy to its owners.

Rosie Millard and husband Alex Graham filled their London home with colour, character and meaning, and we were lucky enough to supply many of the fabrics and wallcoverings for the project.

Powder Room and Boot Room - Hit the North real cork wallpaper

Embracing her connections with the North of England, Rosie chose our real cork  Hit The North wallpaper  for the powder room and boot room.

Fitting into a compact space on the lower ground floor, the powder room has a vaulted ceiling which was also wallpapered, creating a real statement.

small spaces - cloakroom in London townhouse


Real cork wallpaper in a cloakroom

The ground floor boot room is both practical and fun with the bespoke green fittings contrasting with the natural cork.

Boot room decor in Islington townhouse

Master Bedroom and Ensuite Bathroom - curtains in Metamorphosis linen union 

Stunning floor to ceiling curtains in our  Metamorphosis fabric  were used in the master bedroom and ensuite bathroom making the most of the beautiful Georgian windows.

Curtains in a London Townhouse by The Monkey Puzzle Tree

Vintage light fittings purchased by Rosie at auction were used throughout the house.

Master bedroom of Rosie Millard in Islington home

Wallpaper by the Timorous Beasties was used in the bedroom and bathroom.

Bathroom in London Islington town house

Multi purpose Gym and Guest Room - Between Certainty and Oblivion linen curtains

Our  Between Certainty and Oblivion linen  was used for curtains in a multi purpose gym with fold down beds.

Gym in London townhouse using curtains from The Monkey Puzzle Tree


Office and Cinema Room - Rita does Jazz velvet

Rosie's office and cinema room on the top floor of the house is a riot of colour with soundproof dividing curtains, cushions and lampshades in our  Rita does Jazz velvet.

Vibrant and colourful home office and cinema room in a London townhouse

Rosie's Thoughts

'Friends are bewitched and amazed when they see wallpaper and fabric from The Monkey Puzzle Tree in my home!

They are even more amazed when I explain that
by using these products I am also helping real life artists in the North of England.

Rosie Millard OBE in her Islington Home in London

I love the art and culture of the North of England and I love supporting it by using The Monkey Puzzle Tree, which is a fabulous company with fantastic product.'

Read Rosie's Substack about this project; 'Beauty is truth, but it can also be wallpaper'

Architect Sam Lyons

Sam Lyons London architect

'Rosie and  I met Charlotte at the Surface Design Show, and I knew that Rosie and Alex would fall head over heels with these wonderful fabric choices.

From there it snowballed until every room contained a bit of Monkey Puzzle Tree magic.

It took their home to a level beyond what we all expected, and it's so wonderful to see them both in love with their beautiful home.'

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Photography by Heidi Marfitt Photography 


About The Monkey Puzzle Tree

Combining their love of colour and pattern with the unique vision of some of the UK’s most innovative artists, The Monkey Puzzle Tree creates exquisite textiles and wallpapers which bring story, meaning and beauty to interiors.

The original pieces have a timeless quality which rises above passing trends, ensuring they will enrich an interior with character, authenticity and a quiet sense of rebellion for many years to come.

From their award winning ‘Hit the North’ real cork wallpaper, to their latest climate change themed fabric ‘All Tomorrrow’s Futures’ , the brand brings a fresh edge to interior design whilst prioritising ethical practices and local manufacturing.

Each artist is paid a 20% royalty on sales of their designs and all products are manufactured within 100 miles of their Leeds studio.

Awarded 'Best in British Product Design' at the Brit List Awards and a Design Guild Mark for 2021 and 2022.