Monday, 19 September 2011

Cushion love!

After my last post, I realised I'd missed out one of my great collections; cushions.

Now my other-half struggles with this one too [as you can tell we don't see eye to eye on alot of things!]. He doesn't see the aesthetic or actual comfort appeal of another over-stuffed cushion on the sofa / bed, but I just think - well, you can't have too much of a good thing, right?!

A cushion is a really cheap, easy way of adding a new colour accent to a room, it creates more warmth, comfort and in the right fabric, glamour!

My latest find was a bargain from TK Maxx but like alot of my TK-finds looks alot more expensive. The yellow accent picks up on my new yellow chair, and the purple references the coloured light fitting in the room.

This picture from Pottery Barn shows just how clashing coloured cushions can create a really striking effect in a room.

So I thought I'd share some of my favourite cushions - some are affordable, and some are pure fantasy, but they would all make a really striking statement in a room!

Clare Nicolson for

Ben de Lisi for Debenhams, £23

Lizzie Allen black cabs cushion at Liberty, £79

Marrimekko at Heals, £55

Alice Temperley for The Rug Company, £495 [yes really! For a cushion - I know!]

Pinterest and scrapbooking

I am a prodigious collector.
Magazines, coffee table books, recipes, pictures of pretty houses, glassware, vintage kitchenalia the list is endless. In particular I'm a scrapbooker, any pages from style and fashion magazines that I find inspiring get stuffed into a small white drawer to be eventually glued into a scrapbook. What I will ever do with all these bits of paper I'm still not sure.

Pinterest is the on-line equivalent of a pinboard [you can see the link to my boards down the right hand column of my blog]. I can now collect images on my pinterest board in exactly the same way that I stuff the tear sheets from my magazines into my drawer, only it feels much more organised [and is out of sight of my other-half - thank goodness!].

It can become incredibly addictive as you follow other people's boards and try to keep yours up-to-date. I've also discovered a new love of DIY and kids crafting thanks to some of the people I'm following, who have the cutest ideas and links to share.

If you're waiting for an invite let me know as I had to get my invitation through the lovely Tesca of the brilliant blog Casa and Co.

Here are some of my recent favourite pins:

I pin lots of great interiors ideas, details, moods or colours I love. I thought this art work was just beautiful with the modern style furniture very simple, but very pretty. Pinned from LONNY mag.

Quirky vintage inspired ideas always catch my eye. This is such a simple idea but so effective, those soft pastel, ice-cream shades look perfect together. Pinned from

Our latest project with the house is a new bathroom, so I'm loving collecting lots of inspiration for new suites, tiles and cute details. Pinned from

Of course I have lots of fashion and style pinboards, including work by some of my old colleagues and friends. This picture was by William Garrett for Red magazine. Love. x

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Noah's story corner

I am a great fan of reinvention - I think everything can be reworked and recycled for a new or different purpose. Of course I'm also referring to myself! My new life has taken a little getting used to, but I think it fits me quite well now.

So I was very pleased with my old nursing chair that I recently had recovered. It is very expensive getting furniture reupholstered professionally, but I think the results are worth it. I stupidly forgot to take a picture of the chair before so you'll have to imagine a very shabby faded grey floral fabric looking very worn in places. I'm sure Rachel Ashwell would have loved it as it was, but I wanted a statement piece for the living room, something a little more striking and bold, so went with the yellow and smoky grey piping.

I was inspired by the living room of J Crew creative director Jenna Lyons, whose home has been featured in all the stylish interiors magazines and blogs, like Domino and Living Etc. Her gorgeous butter yellow sofa looks really striking against the cool grey walls of her sitting room.

Pictures from aphrochic

The new chair sits well in Noah's little reading corner and is just the right height for him [and Woody!].

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