Halloween traditions

October 15, 2014

The most spooktacular time of year is almost upon us, Halloween, think ghosts, ghouls, trick or treating and of course any excuse to adorn silly, make-shift outfits while attempting to carve out a new design onto a pumpkin to outdo a friend or neighbour.

While All Hallows Eve has been neglected previously by Britain, it is fast becoming more popular, holding its traditions in an ancient festival celebrated by Pagans on October 31, where the boundaries between the living and dead were overlapped.

However you may think of Halloween, whether you celebrate it or not, the ancient festival also denotes the firm arrival of Autumn – a season, we at Russell Francis, of Market Harborough, are particularly excited about.

Bringing with it the ability to decorate in many different themes of the season, our large showroom spread over three floors holds plenty of room for experimentation and warm Autumn and Winter furnishings, whether you are looking to cosy up or create bold Autumn statements in your home.

If you are looking for warm oranges and reds for your upholstery fabrics or leathers, we have a varied stock of swatches for you to choose from. Think auburns, rusty oranges and blood reds. And if patterns are more your thing, we can assist there too.

A traditional time of year, Halloween also brings inspirations reminiscent of more traditional designs, boasted by the likes of Duresta and Collins and Hayes, two British based sofa and chair manufacturers who, like Halloween, are heavily reaped in convention and practice.

Duresta, with is bold characters of the craftsmanship and upholstery designs can be used to recreate the traditional grandeur of a stately home drawing room or library in smaller living spaces and offers stunning Autumnal furnishings which are both comfortable and cosy.


While Collins and Hayes, also reaped in a family orientated tradition and heritage of more than 130 years offers long established designs which can all be tailored to warmer tones with their varied fabrics and leathers offering shapes which can be altered with their bespoke crafting and manufacturing.

Collins and Hayes

If, like Halloween, you are reliant on history and heritage for your home furnishings this Autumn and Winter, then consider Duresta and Collins and Hayes.

Pop into our Market Harborough showroom to discuss your requirements with our team of staff or browse some of our ranges online.

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