I sat down to write this post on Wednesday, and then again on Thursday, but with temperatures just shy of 30 degrees, it didn't feel quite right talking about cosy interiors and the onset of autumn. After a stormy night, we've woken up to a much milder 15 degrees and a blanket of leaves upon the ground so, today, talking about cushions, blankets and hot cups of tea feels much more appropriate, don't you think?
You may remember that earlier this year I started sprucing up our living room. Well, very little had changed since March ... up until last week. Firstly, I moved all of the furniture around. Then, I booked a painter and decorator. And finally, after a nearly of year of 'discussion', Paul has come round to the idea of getting rid of the badly fitted carpet and replacing it ... with what, we haven't decided.
While I don't have a finished room to share with you, I wanted to show you my new favourite place to put my feet up ... my cosy corner (or nosy corner, if you're that way inclined, as it's right next to the window).
A replica of the Vitra Eames lounger and ottoman used to take pride of place here but, as much as I liked the look of them, they just weren't very comfortable. So, they're currently stored away awaiting their eBay destiny. Instead, this dove grey armchair which had been languishing under Paul's clothes since we shipped it back from Switzerland, has been brushed down, spruced up and brought back to life. And it's perfect! (and also lovely to have around again as it was the very chair I used to sit in and cradle the boys when they were tiny babies).
The gorgeous Pretty Kitty cushion is from Bertie & Jack, who specialise in designing and making colourful personalised wall art ... and now, cushions, too! If you pop over to their website, it's a veritable feast for the eyes featuring the most beautiful patterns and prints. On a personal note, I love the fact that Bertie & Jack is a small, family business with products designed and made in England (not Wales, mind you, but close) and that they - stealing a sentence from their website - " ... employ other parents, who work during school hours, nap times and evenings, helping us grow our brand." You really sense the heart and soul invested in making Bertie & Jack a success, and John Lewis agree as they've been stocking items from the range since 2013.
In addition to gifting me the super stylish cat cushion, Bertie & Jack have also offered to send one of their prints to a lucky reader. Should you be randomly selected, you will be invited to choose any medium framed artwork with your choice of frame colour, background swatch and personal message. It's a little early to be mentioning the 'C' word, I know, but this would make the perfect Christmas gift. To enter, simply follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below (full T&Cs are detailed there, too). Good luck!
P.S. I'll share some photos when the room is fully done. The grey paint? Going!