No, the name of the place isn’t actually The House of Kitsch, but it might as well have been.
For instance- who could resist bearded sparkly frogs with exalted expressions in lotus positions?
"The lotus position didn't sell. Next time they vowed to stock up on the bearded frogs in downward-dog. And a bit more beard."
Or the Sexy Apron (Purpose- Unknown. Stun factor- Tremendous).
"For when a normal apron just doesn't cut it."
Or silver sofas. No? Come ON!
"For that extra dash of pizzaz in your living room."
Inspired in no small part by two of my UBER-favourite blogs, Apartment Therapy and Young House Love, I’ve been thinking on decor plans for a very long time now and recently painted a light fitting from a very ugly dirty gold, to plain white. I don’t have a ‘before’ photo unfortunately.
This is just a coat of primer. I’ll be taking my own sweet time (which basically means I will stew in my indecision till I reach another level of..indecision!) to decide whether I want to paint it gloss white, or some other colour. I’m thinking sunshine yellow or a pop of bright red or turquoise. At this moment. I think.
One person who doesn’t care about the colour is my dog. He thought this light pendant was some form of food because I was painting it on the dining table. He would not stop staring at it and drooling! It took a nice strong whiff of white spirits to convince him otherwise.
And just to leave you with some joy, here is my beloved Schleich Allosaurus
(he’s too rugged for a name- but if he had a name, Charlie would probably be it!) sniffing the flowers.
Oh, and the dino collage is coming along a bit now. Will post more pix soon. Be scared. Be very scared!
I could not believe my luck when I found these fabulous wooden Christmas tree ornaments all for the princely sum of £1. I really should have snapped up more than one box. It’s got a tree, an angel (on a sleigh!), a gingerbread man, a star, a snowman, the works! Click on the picture below to see an enlarged image.
I also made this paper chain-
a cheap, cheerful and hasty an efficiently made affair from scrap paper odds and ends, but I found it jazzed up the tree quite nicely.
Some of the decorations were a bit of cheating like this snipped up gift label tied up with a scrap of golden ribbon.
You may be a couch potato at heart, but it’s not enough till you have the couch to be said potato on. Every accomplished couch potato should know how to pick a good couch. I would go so far as to say that picking a good couch is a survival skill for the human spud.
Springiness and posture: This one’s a no-brainer. If you wanted a trampoline you should have gone to the sports goods store. And if you wanted to sink into something soft and slushy, what you need is a bathtub and bath foam. Also, you don’t want one where your back sinks in further than the rest of you. That can get grating after a while, and downright painful after a few months.
Colour me grey: Do you have anyone in your house who’ll barf over the couch or draw on it with crayon? I meant – do you have a pet or children? You may be better off with the staid charcoal couch rather than the fancy lime green one you fancied in the online catalogue. I find a stripey pattern distracts from any obvious smudges too.
Washability or removability: When you choose a couch that’s got non-washable upholstery or upholstery that’s fastened with studs to the frame, you’d better be darn sure that (a) you’ll not be spilling things on it, and (b) you don’t have a dog that sheds or a child that barfs onto it.
: If you have a child or a pooch or are generally clumsy with your TV dinner, get a sofa cover or a fitted throw. I got some nice ones (one red and one chocolate brown) from La Redoute
but I don’t see it in their catalogue this year. Apart from the struggle to fit it on right side up each time it’s washed, it really helps when guests come and voila, I whip it off to reveal clean sofa!!
Cushions: For the love of god don’t overload the sofa with so many cushions that your guests have to remove them when they sit, which is when you bark at them to not dump the cushions on the carpet. Not fun.
Last but not the least, the ultimate couch accessory, especially for those cold winter nights, is a snuggly dog. Let them curl up and go to sleep, then get a nice cuppa and tuck your feet under them. Enjoy!