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About Us

About Us

Grand Illusions has been offering inspiring products for the home and garden since 1987, when Nick & David first opened their shop in St Margarets, Twickenham, and welcomed droves of eager customers looking to give their homes a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. 

The original core principles conceived back then are as relevant today as they were in the 80’s:  Great taste and original design at an affordable price.  Inspiration for product selection and design continues to come mostly from Scandinavia and France although, increasingly, the colonies are tempting us like an amuse bouche to look beyond Europe and explore a rich seam of history and wonderment. 

Having developed a furniture paint range some years ago, the obvious next step for Grand Illusions was to meet the booming demand for painted furniture with supply.  Nick & David set to work, perfecting the art of distressed paint techniques.  As if they weren’t busy enough running three shops, the duo published three books on decorating techniques and design inspiration, successful precursors to their latest must-read book Grand Illusions Paint Vintage.  If you are in search of inspiration and a guide to creating the modern rustic look, your search is now over.  The only problem is that you won’t be able to stop yourself creating...

In January 2012, Grand Illusions became part of the Virginia Hayward Group of companies, allowing the brand to flourish yet further, explore new genres and continue build upon the modern vintage style that is still thriving today.