Monday, August 2, 2010

Cushions for the Sofa we Don't Yet Have!

I've made some purchases for the house we don't yet have and the sofa we've not yet bought! Yes, I know I'm being premature but I've had this idea for a while to include a bit of a play on my husband's England heritage and my New Zealand one. I've loved these Pony Rider cushions (the one on the left) ever since they first came out and couldn't resist buying some (well, three actually) and then, when I was back home recently for a brief weekend visit I had to stop by one of my favourite shops in Auckland featuring NZ art and design, The Poi Room. There I found the cushion on the right with its bright red pohutukawa flower pattern. I'm envisaging sand-coloured sofa and grey walls with a dash of red ...

Then, there was the kitsch but cute Maori Wahine doll (a favourite toy for children in the 50s and 60s). First crafted by Margaret Parr in 1951, each doll is handmade, varies in detail and has been carefully crafted in traditional Maori dress using natural products.

and the stone paperweight with a beautifully painted kete (Maori word for a flax bag).


  1. I love the fact that you bought the cushions before the couch as I often do the same :-)

    A tres bientot,

    Leeann x

  2. Very nice Jane, there is nothing wrong with knowing your style way before your house is ready and I like the reasoning for your little bits and pieces.

  3. love those cushions jane - fabulous taste you have! jx

  4. Hi Jane,
    I LOVE the union jack cushion! Thanks for the link to their store. You have a vision .. that's the designer in you. I think that's a fabulous quality to have.

    thanks for visiting me ... Looking forward to your next post!


  5. I love that you did some shopping for your new home...Those are such a great stuff...I love the pillows sooo much:)

    Kisses sweetie and have a great Monday:)
    Hope its sunny

  6. Hi, stopping in for the first time. I think it's great that you're getting a step up on things and also that you are inspired by yours and your husband's heritage. (Don't tell, but I once but a baby outfit for my unborn child-and I wasn't even pregnant yet!)

  7. Great looking cushions! And what nice kiwi touches - I just love NZ :)

  8. Just like me I keep buying things for the house I don't own yet, lol! Love the cushions, it's so nice you're incorporating both of your heritage. Next time I'm in Auckland I'll have to look up this shop!


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