I love making my own cushions. I truly do.
But to be homest, what I like even more is ogling and then buying other beautiful cushions. And the very best are coming to my local shopping strip, thanks to Megan Park, Melbourne based textile and fashion designer, whose work takes inspiration from embroidery in Delhi, antique markets in France and the London design scene.
Her new shop in High Street, Armadale, designed by Suzie Stanford, another excellent and talented Melbourne person about whom I wrote here, opens this week.
There will be cushions galore, delicately embroidered, one of a kind, little stuffed pieces of beauty.
These cushions are just the thing for this kind of interior:
And I expect that there will also be beautiful clothes for me to gaze upon longingly:
This dress seems to me to be directly descended from this Turkish crewelwork wrap Megan created in 2003:
This is from Vogue Australian January 2010:
And here is a glimpse of her Melbourne home as featured in Home Beautiful last year:
Target this is most definitely not. But these are pieces to save up for, treasure and love. I have many times made the mistake of buying cheap cushions. I know people say that is okay because then you can change the look of a room but I don't agree.
Whilst I have nothing against a perfect tea towel cushion, I think cushions shouldn't be throwaway and poor quality. They age and date badly, go lumpy in no time and look like rubbish within 6 months. Now, I am coming around to the thought that they should last and last and be treated like an investment. What do you think? I know this is hardly world hunger on the importance scale, but it is very interesting how people choose to spend their hard earned money.
So now I get to the important part.
My plan for the next year is to only spend money on things which are high quality and reasonably timeless and which I will use or return to again and again. No Ikea. No Target. No Sportsgirl. No nylon-y underwear. No cheap knitted tops from Witchery. No Howard's Storage World. No cheap chardonnay. No OK or Hello or Grazia. No braindead chick flicks. No cheap plastic play cars for the children. No Party Animals (if you don't know what these are consider yourself blessed). (Actually I may make an exception for storage because I keep needing so much of it). This will be my year of no rubbish purchases. Depending on how my discipline holds up it will stretch out for a lifetime, or compress into 6 months. Only time will tell.
(Images (1) to (4) from Megan Park (5) Not sure sorry (6) EmbroiderersGuild (7) Vogue Australia (8) Home Beautiful)