The Comfy Marmalade Story

I launched Comfy Marmalade (silly name, I know – see below for more info on that…) in autumn 2018. Initially offering a small, fun collection of greetings cards and art prints, the business has since expanded to include nearly 200 paper goods product lines on Etsy, plus special collections designed for Spoonflower (fabrics, wallpaper and soft furnishings) and Teemill (t-shirts and totes). In addition, Comfy Marmalade is stocked in ten ‘bricks and mortar’ stockists, primarily in the North West of England.


The ethics and ideals of Comfy are:

- to create work that is colourful, bold and fun with the aim of putting a smile on the face of the recipient;

- to ensure that all products and packaging are as planet-friendly as possible;

- to have fun! If it ain’t enjoyable, it ain’t worth doing.


Four years down the line I can confirm that I’m still having fun! Read on to find out more about me. (And the Cloud & Rainbow print here is the first one I ever designed!)

Comfy Marmalade Cloud & Rainbow print

Hello hello... good to see you!

I'm Karen and Comfy Marmalade is my little indie business. I'm a digital illustrator specialising in colourful and cheerful creations, produced as ethically as possible, to brighten up your life and make you smile.

I live with my husband, two kids and the dog in the beautiful Pennine hills, south Lancashire, UK.  Home is an old Victorian house - high ceilings, big windows, lots of character, eats money - which I fill with colourful vintage treasures. Come and visit us at The Marmalade Home on Instagram!


I usually work here in Comfy Marmalade HQ (our spare room), but sometimes I work in the living room overlooking the rolling hills, dog snoring on the sofa, coffee ideally limited to three a day. I’m a one-person operation so everything from the creating to the admin is undertaken by me.

I’m inspired by colour, nature, pattern and all things mid century vintage. Product quality and top notch customer service are very important to me, as is making sure my products and packaging are as eco-friendly as possible.


If you’re keen to find out more, why not sign up to my fortnightly enewsletter, The Marmalade Spread, below? Each edition brings a free digital download, plus discounts, exclusives and sneak peeks at new products. You'll also get 20% off your next Etsy order just for signing up - bargain!

I hope you can find something in my Comfy Marmalade range that tickles your fancy - thanks so much for dropping by! Karen x

PS: why the name Comfy Marmalade?

Because I love marmalade, I love the colour orange, and 'comfy' is a word I use regularly to describe our home. And Comfy seems to go well with Marmalade somehow...

Karen Douglas from Comfy Marmalade
Comfy Marmalade HQ, where the magic happens
Karen holding a pen and notepad
The Marmalade family
Karen at work in Comfy Marmalade HQ
Having a giggle with Master Marmalade
Having a well earned cuppa
Having a giggle with Miss Marmalade
Modelling a Comfy Marmalade Teemill t-shirt
Holding some of my favourite designs