With modest beginnings in the studio garage of Designer Kathleen McCoy, we at Bella Notte Linens are always humbled by attention and accolades received from near and far. The article below comes to us from The Vintage Magazine - we join them in featuring Jane McIntyre Design, and welcoming her to the ever-expanding Bella Notte family! Only one of a few international locations, she is the first store in the UK to stock our products and assist with design needs. With her own vintage and romantic flair, she complements Bella perfectly.
Jane McIntyre Design is a newly opened lifestyle shop on Southgate Street in the beautiful medieval city of Winchester. For years a hairdressers, the elegant Victorian space has been completely refitted, combining interior design with a fascinating mix of quirky and traditional finds. The shop is set out as a house but with all things in it being for sale, even the desk Jane works from!
Bringing together her years of experience designing houses, hotels, bars and stage sets, Jane has sourced products and fabrics from all around the globe – furniture, lighting, bed-linens, clothes, baths, sinks and works of art along with artisan ceramics, crockery, candles, toiletries, stationary and gifts. She is particularly thrilled to be the only UK and European supplier of the fabulous Bella Notte Linens from California, billed as “the worlds first easy care luxury linens”.
Started in 1997 by one woman in the garage of her house, the label has grown into an American phenomenon yet is still family owned and family run. Inherently adaptable, with elements of pure couture, Bella Notte is approachable and inspirational; dressed up or dressed down, modern or vintage, the luscious palette of tones and irresistible textures make this a timeless range.
“The beauty of it” said Jane “is that you can tailor these linens to suit any bedroom at all, from the most austere look with a simple, no-frills linen to the most sumptuous of velvet, silk, satin and gauze extravaganzas! And you can build from a basic set with masses of options in fabric, colour and size of cushions, throws and coverlets, all of which seem to sit very harmoniously with each other so they can be changed with the seasons and just get better and better with age.”
There is definitely a buzz about this shop. A bit of an Alladin's cave, the customer is often amazed at the slight decadence of the dark colours of the main room, teamed with velvet sofas, muted lighting and a selection of unusual wallpapers.
In contrast, the upstairs rooms are light and airy, showing the bed linens to their best advantage, with the addition of a gorgeous tin bath from William Holland – it’s really copper, just coated in tin, so while looking like it’s stepped straight from the Prairie it is in fact only masquerading.
There’s more, but one needs a little bit of surprise now and then. Why not pop in and meet Jane and test run the experience for yourself. Number 11, Southgate Street, Winchester is awaiting you!
Jane McIntyre Interior Design and Project Management
11 Southgate Street, Winchester, SO23 9DZ
Telephone 01962 853882 Mobile 07734 031206