The Cushion Correspondent

INSPIRATION: Blackboard walls

I’ve had a thing for blackboard walls for a while now. And I’ve had an idea for one in our flat which was inspired by, of all people, Ben Fogle. … Continue reading

November 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

LATEST CRUSH: Dunelm Mill’s ‘Retro Collection’

I don’t normally approve of reproduction vintage. Sure, it’s clean, it’s shiny, it’s considerably less likely to be musty and/or moth-eaten. The various parts are almost certainly present and intact … Continue reading

November 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Colourful frames for vintage magazine ads

While on holiday in Nice last summer, I picked up these old 1920s-30s magazine adverts in the famous Cours Saleya market (Monday is antiques day FYI). They were between five and … Continue reading

November 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Love the look: Contemporary gothic

1. Beetle lampshade, £40 Roost Living; 2. Hanna Bjarnadottir raven hanger, £39 Skandivis; 3. Etienne sofa set, £1498 Littlewoods; 4. Bourbon tallboy chest, £279; 5. Shell print cushion, £8 Matalan; 6. Diablo wallpaper, … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

LATEST CRUSH: Inaluxe prints

Isn’t it great when you spot something – a design, a store, a look – you like and then discover the people behind it are also really cool? That happened … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Gas man turned antiques dealer… just a regular Sunday afternoon with my dad.

After more than 40 years in the gas industry, my dad has decided to try his hand at antiques dealing. As you do. But hey, the recession is tough, business … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

INSPIRATION: Black and white

In my last post on black and white (check it out HERE) I said that monochrome prints go with everything. Bold, I know, but you gotta live on the edge when … Continue reading

October 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Ikea! You don’t look a day older (no, really).

This October is Ikea‘s 25th anniversary in the UK. And my how they’ve gro… wait, no, that’s not right. You see, I just got sent a picture of their very … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Love the look: Monochrome prints

1. Mistral sofa in Marimekko fabric, from £2124 Heals; 2. Geometric triangles rug, £250 Heals; 3. Brackley wallpaper, £35 per roll Sanderson; 4. Black and white geometric fabric, £9.97 (plus £13 shipping – yeek); 5. Ikat backpack, … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

LATEST CRUSH: Orla Kiely wallpaper

Orla Kiely’s retro prints are surely the perfect case study for a simple idea done well. They’re instantly recognisable, popular without being ubiquitous (yes, Cath Kidston I’m talking to YOU) and the … Continue reading

September 25, 2012 · Leave a comment