Birdie Fortescue, Founder and Creative Director
Birdie Fortescue’s eponymous interiors haven is the result of a journey that started in London in the late 1980s. Having worked throughout the UK and USA for Colefax & Fowler during her 20’s, Birdie went on to gain a reputation as an antiques dealer specialising in continental furniture.
The Warehouse, Burnham Market
In 2014 Birdie took on a Victorian warehouse in Burnham Market as a Norfolk base for her burgeoning antiques business. As the building was so large Birdie decided to transform the space into an interiors destination where antique furniture could sit alongside homeware and art.
Birdie designed her first collection of block printed soft furnishings for Spring/Summer 2016. The success of this range prompted subsequent collections launched on a twice yearly basis. Birdie’s first ranges comprised block printed table linens, cushions and rugs and gradually developed to include lighting, decorative accessories and furniture.
Birdie’s lifelong love of travel is at the heart of her design process. Trips in Asia, Africa and Europe inspire colour palettes, prints and patterns and provide valuable sources for hand-picked Curated and Limited Edition products. Birdie also works with artisans and craftspeople across the globe who specialise in traditional skills and making methods.
Birdie also continues to take on residential and commercial interior design projects in the UK and abroad. Sourcing exceptional antique furniture is one of her specialities and she and her small team work on a versatile range of projects throughout the year.
Our new collection for the home has one foot in a simpler, pastoral past and another in a hopeful, sustainable future. Nature is at the heart of the collection and is represented in soft, feminine florals and delicate foliate motifs. The feel is gentle and honest, for a summer of cosseting luxury and comfort.
The sense of nostalgia at the heart of the collection makes this our most grounded range yet. Every piece has been designed to delight: From our hand-painted tureens and frilled tablecloths to papier maché candlesticks and embroidered placemats.
This charming collection includes wonderful new pieces of furniture designed here in Norfolk and a whole host of new artists and makers. For the very first time we are welcoming sculptors and ceramicists to our collective for our most complete seasonal look yet.