Nikki Szabo’s country fabric collections go down a treat here at Country Days. Light-washed watercolours of cute country critters sit beautifully against natural fabrics in subtle pastel shades, creating timeless designs for curtains, cushions and more.
What made you want to become a designer?
I set up a curtain-making business with my mother and, over time, I came to realise there was a big demand for beautiful and original fabric prints. I got out my paintbox, started designing and it went from there! I’m most creative at night so the freedom of working for myself is brilliant. I love the hands-on process of printing the fabrics too.
What inspires you?
I spend a lot of time wandering around flea markets, and often come across unusual objects. Many of my designs have also been inspired by nature.
What ethos do you work by?
I really care for our environment. I only use lovely natural cotton and linen blend fabrics which are all digitally printed to order in my small studio in Chobham, Surrey. Our eco-friendly pigment dyes are water based, solvent free and environmentally gentle. We print the exact amount needed to fulfil each order, so there is no unnecessary wastage of fabric or inks.
Describe your favourite country moment.
I love spending time by the sea. I often take myself away for the weekend, book into a local dog-friendly hotel (my pup Pixie has to go everywhere with me!) and spend time meeting friends, relaxing and sketching.
I’m currently working on a floral collection. I visited Kew Gardens Summer Festival in September and picked up loads of inspiration – I can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Describe your creative style in three words.
Fluid, underworked and spontaneous.