creative spaces :: mia fleur

Katie | July 3, 2013

MiaFleur Jacqui Hollie and Amelia

Being a big fan of modernism, and in fact minimalism in theory if not in practice, I hesitated before featuring Mia Fleur in my creative spaces series. Their strap line is “because life’s too short to be minimalist” and their studio is a carcophony of colour and pattern, but you know what? That’s what this series is all about – it’s about sharing the environments that inspire different types of creative people and getting some insight into how what’s around us filters through into our work, so here it is, paisley and all!

MiaFleur Sewing Room

Mia Fleur is Hollie, her Mum Jacqui and her Sister, Amelia, so it’s a real family effort. Hollie studied fashion and textiles, and Amelia studied textile design at university, while Mum Jacqui gained a degree in textile design while raising five children and managing a potato merchants business with her husband! The last to graduate was Amelia, so as soon as she was done, the family business was finally launched. Hollie said: “Having seen our Mum working in the dirty office of a potato warehouse all our lives, and knowing how incredibly talented she was, it was just as much about finally giving her the chance to do something she truly enjoyed, as it was for us.”


These three ladies spotted a gap in the market for individual interiors with a strong emphasis on items made in Britain. Hollie said: “Our tagline is, ‘Because life’s too short to be minimalist’, which is an expression of our penchant for colour and eclectic styling. We believe your home is the perfect place to express yourself. We don’t want our home to look like anyone else’s – the best way to ensure that is to make our own homewares, and scour the country’s auctions, antique fairs, and craft and design fairs to find the most individual items from other designer makers and eras. We created MiaFleur because we realised that not everyone has the time, ability, or inclination to do that. We design and source the very best homewares on offer and bring them to you in one place.”

MiaFleur Vintage Sewing Machine

The Singer sewing machine used to belong to Jacqui’s Grandma. She said: “My Scottish grandmother was a fine seamstress and made all her own clothes and soft furnishings and taught me to sew during my summer holidays in Perth, Scotland. My maternal grandmother was Italian, but also lived in Perth and her home was a treasure trove of beautiful objects and textiles. These two strong women who both had very hard lives inspired me to achieve a career focused on design and home and garden decoration – something they were unable to do for themselves, but both wanted for me. It is only now, with the girls both having graduated, that the time felt right to achieve this as a family. Having this sewing machine on display is a constant reminder of where it all began.”

MiaFleur Inspiration

“At the moment, we’re very inspired by birds, florals and vintage – whether it’s colours, patterns, styles…” says Hollie. “So we have lots of items around the room to inspire us, particularly pieces by other designer makers, such as the bird wall piece and jug. They’re so beautiful and the colours used are just so gorgeous…”

MiaFleur Sewing Room open storage

“There is plenty of open shelving around the room, which is not only for storage, but having buttons, colours and trimmings on display provides inspiration whilst we work. When we designed the room, having plenty of storage was a must, so we had a built in shelving unit put in. The open shelving in the middle is great for keeping trimmings on display and the cupboard and drawers are perfect for storing piles of fabric, threads and tools.”

MiaFleur Wall of Inspiration

“Not being ones to have anything unsightly or merely ‘functional’ on display, we always cover files and folders in fabric. In fact, we actually used a tea towel to cover one of them!”

MiaFleur Tools

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Further Reading for the Especially Geeky ::

Founding Editor – Katie Treggiden

Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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