Sophie's story

Sophie Harpley is a British artist and designer painting patterns by hand to create original wallpapers and linen. Inspired by modernist painting, botanical forms, antiques and travel; her fresh freehand style brings a relaxed and storied aesthetic to both traditional and contemporary interiors. 

Artist—designer

Artist—designer

Sophie grew up in an academic family in the English west country. When she wasn't drawing or exploring outdoors, she would watch as bolts of cloth were spread across the kitchen table for her mother's curtain-making. Her earliest memories include dainty floral wallpapers around their Victorian home.

After studying in Sussex, Sophie's early career began at London's V&A Museum and served to confirm her deep love of art and decorative design. She then went back to art school in Bristol, gaining an MA Graphic Arts specialised in print.

Drawing together her love of paint and pattern, Sophie's homeware collections have evolved alongside illustration commissions and design work for interiors brands like Liberty x Bloom & Wild, Habitat, Sofa.com and Graham & Green.

Sophie's work is known for a relaxed, layered and colourful aesthetic, a passion for nature and her signature loose hand painted style.

Sustainably made in Britain

Sustainably made in Britain

With both nature and craft as inspirations for Sophie’s designs; it was only natural to ensure we produce in ways that honour this. That's why all our papers and cloth are printed by skilled artisans in Britain, drawing from generations of expertise, yet pioneering sustainable printing today.

Our fabrics are natural compositions with linen sourced in Europe and our wallpapers made from replenished forests. Our cushions and lampshades use surplus pieces of the same cloth and paper and are handmade locally in small batches to reduce waste.

Being British-made helps us stay sustainable while creating natural, beautiful and lasting designs to be cherished as future heirlooms in the home.

Press, partners & awards

Sophie's work has featured in national press such as British Vogue, House & Garden, The Financial Times, Telegraph and Elle Decoration. Most recently Sophie has partnered with Annie Sloan, Domenica Marland and Haines Collection. In 2023 she won a Homes & Gardens Design Award for her new wallpapers and joined The List by House & Garden.

Exhibitions

Some past exhibitions and events include; Breeze Art Fair, Cornwall; Country Living Fair,Islington; 'Diggin' Design', The Garden Museum, 'Made in Clerkenwell', part of London Craft Week, Craft Central; Selvedge Winter Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall; Top Drawer, Kensington Olympia; Domenica Marland Home, pop-up launch, King's Road; Salad Days Market, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Charleston Trust Makers Market, Sussex.

Kind words

"Sophie Harpley specialises in delicate painterly flowers. "I paint for the love of imperfection — visible brushstrokes and a handmade, human feeling."

Rosanna Dodds
HOW TO SPEND IT

"Sophie Harpley’s painterly creations are always uplifting and bring a smile to your face."

Hayley Maitland
BRITISH VOGUE

“Thank you for the beautiful wallpaper and the fantastic service! I love it so much and I love that you include paint colour matches on the website. We chose pea green woodwork.”

Tabitha, customer
LONDON

"Truly mesmerising work."

Cath Kidston MBE
C.ATHERLEY

"Redecorate a bedroom in time for summer in a wallpaper design by Sophie Harpley. Sophie's dainty hand-painted depiction of flowers is offered in three designs."

Kiera Buckley-Jones
HOMES & ANTIQUES

“Sophie is amazingly talented and this cushion is so beautiful, I love this print."

Liv Purvis
WHAT OLIVIA DID

"Sophie Harpley draws on her passion for antiques, travel and modernist art to create beautiful hand painted patterns for fabrics and wallpapers. She has designed for a number of interiors brands while building her own illustration business. Her debut wallpaper collection is based on her original floral paintings"

Pippa Blenkinsop
PERIOD LIVING

"Sophie swishes her paintbrush in a
forest-green watercolour, before painting the leaves... she makes it look easy."

Jessica Salter
THE TELEGRAPH

"A cosy addition to your sofa or bed, a Geranium pattern-print is modern yet timeless and will tie your space together whether you love minimalism or maximalism - chic but minimal effort."

Shahed Ezaydi
STYLIST MAGAZINE

"Sophie's love of paint and pattern has blossomed into a collection of artful homewares. Inspired by impressionist art, flora, fauna, travel and heritage, Sophie’s work adds a modern style to timeless motifs, and all made in Britain using sustainable materials."

The Luxe List
SHEERLUXE

“Very English Country Garden, also a little bit different and filled with flowers – what’s not to love?”

Charlotte Jacklin
WRITER & STYLIST

“Sophie’s work just speaks to me. I love the simplicity and naivety.”

Fiona Humberstone
THE BRAND STYLIST

"Swipes of paint and organic free-form shapes give that painterly, Matisse-y look. It’s homely and inviting whilst full of elegance and style."

Becky Ho-Hale
MOST CURIOUS

“This is going to be dangerous,
these wallpapers are just perfect.”

Gemma
MUTHAHOOD

"Stripes 'remind me of the beach, deckchairs and parasols, as well as reassuringly British habits like striped pyjamas or toothpaste. There's an inherent nostalgia,' reflects wallpaper designer and artist Sophie Harpley."

Emma J Page
THE ENGLISH HOME

"Sophie's designs make us wish we led a more refined life... wouldn't it look lovely with a little bunch of fresh flowers? The range includes printed textiles and even a bit of stationery."

Kate Carter
THE GUARDIAN

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