Saturday, 27 May 2017

My tips for a stress free family shopping trip // #UltimateShoppingExperience

I love a good shopping trip every once in a while..... who doesn't?! Whether it's buying new clothes for my daughter or stocking up on holiday essentials, I love coming home feeling like I have achieved and bought everything that I went out to get. It's a great feeling! 

Going out shopping when you have a small child (or more than one!) to keep entertained though can sometimes feel like quite a task. Sometimes it's got to be done though and I am a firm advocate for making a trip to the shops a pleasant, stress free and fun experience for the whole family! We love making a day of it and when we go out shopping we tend to head for shopping centres that offer a fantastic experience for visitors. So that's not just amazing shops.... I always look for a good range of family friendly restaurants, playgrounds, entertainment, toy shops for kiddo, convenient parking and good facilities too! 

We have a few favourites that consistently tick all our boxes including Meadowhall in Sheffield, Bicester Village and the Trafford Centre in Manchester but we're always on the lookout for new shopping destinations to try. 

Liverpool ONE is a shopping destination that has been on my radar recently and I am super keen to take a trip there. I really want to see the Disney Magic cruise ship as it arrives in Liverpool this July so i'd love to combine this with a visit to Liverpool ONE and some of the other attractions that the city has to offer. I haven't visited in years so Liverpool ONE is completely new to me!

They have everything from an amazing range of restaurants to all of my favourite shops (Cath Kidston, Disney Store, Dr Martens, The White Company and more!). Of course, there's a park and a cinema too so kiddo won't get bored. You can find out what's on in Liverpool ONE here.... it's so much more than shops! Finally, it's just a stones throw away from Albert Dock and a short walk from the train station too.... I simply must pay it a visit!

Liverpool ONE have put together a great eBook which details everything that they have to offer along with information on visiting with children and tips for a successful shopping trip. The key to success is always found in the preparation and so with this in mind, today I thought i'd share my top tips for a stress free shopping experience as a family!

1. Plan your trip - Make a list, know your budget, research your shops before you go and take a look at the menus of restaurants ready for when you need to take a break from all that shopping! Also, don't forget a few tote bags to carry your shopping in!

2. Set off early - Crowds can quickly get too much for any of us but for children this feeling can be completely overwhelming. We love shopping at the start of the day when stores are much more quiet. This way, you'll get everything done quicker too leaving plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day!

3. Alternate your shops - Shopping with my daughter is always an act of bargaining for us but we find this really works! If she's good in a shop that her daddy or I need to go in, then she gets to go in the Disney Store, Build a Bear or spend some time in the park. We'll work our way around the shops like this so it doesn't get boring for her! 

4. Drinks, snacks and entertainment - Make sure you keep hydrated and pack plenty of snacks for little ones. Taking time to refuel can help you assess your progress! Pack a few little portable toys in your bag ready to bust out when your child starts to get bored. Small sheets of stickers, a yoyo or a rubik's cube maybe!

5. Get children involved - Keep children interested by giving them little jobs to do such as helping to pay at the till, making purchasing choices or letting them hold the shopping list! 

I'd love to hear your tips for shopping with the family so please do share them in a comment below!

* Collaborative post but all words are my own

Monday, 22 May 2017

Things I've loved recently // 035

Usually I share these posts as a round-up of some of my favourite things that have happened during the week but because I've taken an impromptu break from blogging to catch up on some other stuff, I've not written one of these in over a month! So, with the return of my blogging mojo (hurrah!), here's a little round-up of some of the little things that I've been loving over the past few weeks! 

Disney planning

I know, I know I keep mentioning Walt Disney World but the time finally came recently to make our advance dining reservations for our upcoming trip. We're a family who are really into food so we've been looking at menus and reading reviews since our last trip and I'm just so excited! We've booked a nice mixture of places we've already eaten and restaurants we'd like to try out. I'm particularly enthusiastic about dining at the resort we're staying at, just looking at those menus makes me so hungry! 

New tattoos

Practically healed now but I wanted to include this anyway! I say this frequently but I love the process of being tattooed, especially the healing. The human body is such a magical thing! I keep getting asked if i'm going to get tattooed anywhere else other than legs and honestly, as much as I am loving this journey.... I have no plans for this. I'm nowhere near 'running out of space' on my legs though so let the tattoos continue! 

Time out

I'll be honest, I've been having a bit of a rough time recently. My health, parenting, work, general stress.... sometimes it just all gets too much. With this in mind, I've been taking a bit of time out to get on top of things but at the same time, making time to do 'nothing' a bit more. To not feel the pressure of having to get stuff achieved all the time and instead just do what makes me happy, whether that's spending quality time with kiddo outdoors or spending the evening watching my favourite YouTube accounts. Sometimes I just have to shove those 'to do' lists to one side and take a bit of time out for myself... and it does wonders! 


This bad boy, again. I've had a mega month on eBay, listing as much stuff as I can possibly get my hands on. I've been back and forth to the post office and I've sent my husband countless times with bags of parcels too (he's a good 'un!). It has been really motivating to clear out so much stuff from our home and make some money back at the same time. I have piles of items still to list too, I just need to find a bit more time to continue with it! 

A bit of spring

Finally, I've been enjoying a bit of spring by spending more time outdoors and getting out in the garden a bit more. There are so many things my husband and I keep saying we'll do 'when it's warmer' and 'when the days are longer'.... evening family walks, eating out, pizza in the beer garden of our local, car boot sales, trips to the seaside, etc. Let's hope the nice weather sticks around, eh?! 

What have you been loving recently? Let me know in a comment below!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Do's and Don'ts of speeding up your next DIY decor job!

Working on your home can take up a lot of your time. If you want to wallpaper a room or install a new kitchen, you need to allow for the time required to get the job done properly. If you decide you're going to do it yourself, you might be thinking of ways you can cut some corners and get the job done more quickly. After all, you could be leaving a room in your house unusable for as long as it takes you to finish. However, you need to be careful with how you choose to save time on your DIY projects. Some tricks are smart, delivering great results in less time. But other methods will have you wishing that you had taken your time instead. Here are some "do"s and "don't"s for your next project.

Do: Get People to Help You Out

Many hands make light work, as they say. You might be planning to take on a project on your own, but before you go solo, think about whether it might be better with more people to help you. Even just one more set of hands to help you get everything done can make it all go much faster. You might ask some friends or family members to pitch in (in exchange for pizza and beer), or you could consider hiring a professional to help. If you want to get things down quickly without rushing too much, getting some help should make things easier.

Don't: Have Too Many People Pitching In

On the other hands, there's also such a thing as having too much help. It can be hard to coordinate everyone if there are a few of you. You could end up with inconsistent results if everyone is doing their own thing. If there are too many people, you could have less space to work and perhaps just be tripping over everyone. You don't need five people to paint one room. Before you invite everyone you know to help you, think about how much help you really need. Some tasks only need one person to get them done, or maybe two if you want to go a little faster.

Do: Avoid Obsessing Over Small Details

If you're a perfectionist, you might already be planning everything down to the last detail. It's easy to get caught up in the details of what you're doing, especially if you're trying something new. You want to get it right and feel proud of what you've achieved. So even the smallest details seem extremely important, and you want to pay attention to each one. But if you spend too much time obsessing over details, you're going to take a lot longer to finish your project. You can do a good job without taking a painstaking approach to every move you make.

Don't: Do a Sloppy Job to Save Time

Finding a happy medium between going fast enough to save some time and slow enough to do the job right can be hard. However, just because you're trying to avoid taking too much time, it doesn't mean you should rush too much. There are some times when it's appropriate to say "that will do" and other times when you should be more careful. If it's a case of something looking obviously half-done or being structurally unsound, you need to spend more time working on it. Go slow enough to do the job right, but not so slowly that you're wasting time.

Do: Look for the Right Tools

When you're trying to get a job done more quickly, having the right tools can make a huge difference. With the correct equipment, you can make everything go faster without compromising on the quality of your results. For example, if you want to paint a room, fence or even a deck, you might plan to use brushes and paint rollers. But if you consider alternatives, you could pick up the best paint sprayer for the job. You'll be able to cover larger areas and apply a more event coat of paint. If you want to sand something down, a sanding machine can help you do larger areas much faster than sanding by hand.

Don't: Waste Time Using Tools You Don't Need

Sometimes, you need a fancy piece of equipment to help you get the job done faster. On other occasions, you'll simply be wasting time messing around with tools that aren't necessary. What's more, you might waste money buying or renting equipment that's never of any use to you. Before you get any new tools, think about whether you really need them. Some equipment could take you long enough to master that you could have got the job done in the time you spent learning to use it. It's not always the best choice to look for powerful tools to use, so don't rush into buying or renting them.

Do: Keep Things Neat and Tidy

You might be surprised by the things that can slow you down when you're trying to get a job done. If your workspace is cluttered, it can be difficult to do what you need to. You can have things getting in your way and tripping you up, which isn't helpful if you want to work quickly. If you take a few minutes to tidy up after yourself each day, you'll find it much easier to get straight to work, without anything getting in your way or making the job more difficult. Clean up as you go too so that you're not faced with a big mess at the end of the day.

Don't: Spend All Your Time Cleaning

Even though you should keep things neat and tidy, you also shouldn't waste time on trying to be too neat. Any DIY job is going to create some mess, and you can't clean it all up as you go along. If you try, you could end up spending more time stopping to wipe down splashes and sawdust than you do actually working. Protect anything you want to keep clean with sheets or plastic covers, and you won't have to worry so much about everything being too messy.

Do: Be Well Prepared Before You Start

Any job will go much quicker if you know what you need to do before you get started. If you jump right in, anything you do might not have a whole lot of direction. You could end up going back on yourself or accidentally skipping stuff because you haven't outlined your plan. Before you start working on your project, you should create a list of the steps you need to take in order. Make sure you have everything you need to so that you don't waste time looking for things you need. It's especially important to work quickly on some jobs, like when you're using material that will set once you've applied it.

Don't: Waste Time By Being Over-prepared

Although you should get ready before you start working, you don't need to spend too much time preparing. If you obsess over what you need to do too much, you could end up putting off your DIY project for ages. Make sure you set a date and time for when you're going to start so that waste all your time planning. If you spend too long thinking about which materials to use and what moves to make, all your free time could slip away from you.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Review // Seaside Apartment at Butlins, Skegness

On our recent trip to Butlins in Skegness, we had the pleasure of staying in a Seaside Apartment which was so beautiful and well equipped that I felt it deserved a blog post all of its own! Located in the heart of the resort and just a short walk to pretty much everything, these recently refurbished apartments are the perfect base for making the most of your time in Butlins.

The seaside apartments are inspired by the nostalgia of the British seaside and the interiors are bright, colourful and cheerful. Inside you'll find a spacious open plan living/dining/kitchen space complete with cosy L-shaped sofa and all over you'll find quirky nods towards our love for the British seaside; a pin the tail on the donkey game, ice cream cushions and fluffy cloud shaped lights. Sleeping up to four people in two bedrooms and with a choice of either a balcony or patio, the seaside apartments are just perfect for small families.

Let's have a look around! 

The open plan living, dining and kitchen space was definitely our favourite part of the apartment. It was cosy, comfortable and spacious. French windows offered plenty of natural light and these opened out onto a balcony area complete with table and chairs, perfect for outdoor dining had the weather been better (it was freezing, boo!). 

We loved snuggling up on the sofa each evening, planning our activities for the following day. Kiddo loved the large television and we loved the addition of USB charging points, good lighting and ample heating. No detail left out!

The kitchen area is well equipped and has everything you need to make meals from the comfort of your apartment. As you can see below, there is a microwave, fridge, kettle and toaster. The cupboards also contain all the crockery, cooking equipment and cutlery that you'd expect from self catering accommodation. 

We purchased the premium dining plan for our stay in Butlins so we didn't have chance to use the kitchen properly but we loved the fact that our tea and coffee supply was kept fully topped up throughout our stay. It's worth knowing that housekeeping and towels are included in the price of a stay in a Seaside Apartment as it's something that you'd normally have to pay extra for. 

Here's that pin the tail on the donkey game.....

....So cute!

The two bedrooms were both spotlessly clean, comfortable and cosy. Again, the interiors were bright and cheerful but both rooms were also super relaxing and not at all overwhelming with their decor.... just perfect for a peaceful nights sleep!

The double bedroom came with two bedside tables, cosy wall lights and an open storage system with mounted television, a safe to store your valuables, hangers and a built-in dressing table. Also, plug sockets beside the bed.... this pleased me no end!

The little dressing table with overhead lighting was a winner for me. The natural light pouring through the window next to it meant that it was a lovely place to get ready each morning! 

A hairdryer is also included and yes, it was a good one! I find it such a disappointment when you stay somewhere and the hairdryer they offer is substandard..... It's one of my pet hates for sure! 

I just wanted to share a photograph of the blinds (which are the same in both bedrooms). Not only were they super cute, they also blocked out the light meaning that we didn't wake too early and were child friendly too. No dangerous cords dangling around! 

The twin bedroom was just across the hallway and had the cutest pink cloud shaped nighlight on the wall. Perfect for children who do not like to sleep in complete darkness! The layout in here was similar to the double bedroom although there was no TV in this room. Again, child friendly touches such as plug socket covers and heating that could be switched off at the wall were included meaning that bedtime was safe, comfortable and cosy for little ones. 

I must say that all of the beds were super comfortable, we all slept really well during our time here! 

The bathroom in the seaside apartment is a small but perfectly curated space. There is an enclosed shower cubicle, large mirror, heated towel rail and a step stool for children. Also in here was a clothes drying rack which was super for drying out our swimming stuff! 

The bathroom was spotlessly clean and housekeeping came daily to freshen up towels, etc. The little bag of toiletries was a nice little touch that we took so the swimming pool and used throughout our break. Antibacterial hand gel was included in this set too which was super! If you know me then you'll know how obsessed I am with hand gels! 

Outside of the apartment we were lucky to have a beautiful little playground with swings, slide and seesaw pretty much right outside the door. This really impressed kiddo and we loved the fact that Lagoon bay (the area in which the Seaside Apartments are) was super pretty to potter around. Such an amazing location, nothing seemed to be more than a couple of minutes walk away. I'd definitely recommend booking one of these apartments if you are staying with small children! 

Overall we were really impressed with our stay in a Seaside Apartment at Butlins, Skegness. My only complaint really is that we heard a lot of noise from the people staying next door (screaming babies mostly!) throughout the duration of our stay. Other than that though, our accommodation was absolutely perfect in providing everything that we needed for a fun and relaxing stay. We had such a fantastic time and I would not hesitate in booking a Seaside Apartment again next time!  

Monday, 8 May 2017

Our 'Just For Tots' break at Butlins, Skegness

If you mentioned the word "Butlins" to me a few years ago, the first few words that would immediately pop into my head would include Redcoats, the seaside, cabaret shows and knobbly knee competitions. I'll be honest with you, it's not a holiday destination I have previously had on my radar.

Over the past year or two though, some of the amazing bloggers that I follow have been taking their families on trips to Butlins and sharing their experiences. I instantly became intrigued! Their trips looked like so much fun and photographs of the accommodation looked stunning. 
I had been aware of the Butlins 'just for tots' breaks for a while and after reading so many positive reviews from other bloggers, we decided to take the plunge and book our first Butlins break in April 2017.

The 'just for tots' breaks are a relatively recent addition to the Butlins calendar, offered on select dates throughout the year. These breaks have been specially designed for families with children aged 5 and under and are the perfect way for little ones to enjoy everything that Butlins has to offer. From a jam-packed entertainment programme featuring beloved children's TV characters to tailored dining, no detail has been left out when it comes to creating a holiday that perfectly fits around the schedule of a young child.

We stayed in a newly refurbished Seaside Apartment which was the perfect base for our break. Located at the heart of the resort, we could pop to the Skyline pavilion in less than a minute and we were not far at all from anything. I'm going to be sharing a full review of our accommodation soon so keep your eyes peeled for that one! 

I'm amazed that there was so much to do during our time in Butlins.... we literally didn't leave the resort all week. On arrival we were handed an entertainment schedule and a booklet detailing everything that was included in the price of our stay. Let me tell you, we absolutely loved sitting down each evening and highlighting all the things we wanted to do the following day..... from football coaching to play-doh sessions, messy play, shows, swimming and so much more!

I am so excited to share a few highlights from our break with you today. Here are our top five things that we loved about our 'just for tots' break at Butlins, Skegness.


Firstly, food. You know me, I love my food! We purchased the Premium Dining option when we booked our trip and this gave us a buffet breakfast and evening dinner at a premium restaurant for each morning and night of our stay. I can't rate our dining experience enough, it far exceeded my expectations! Each morning we were greeted by the friendliest staff and for the children there was always a character waiting to greet them. Kiddo loved meeting Mr Bump and giving Dipsy from the Teletubbies a cuddle before breakfast. Such a magical experience for her! 

The range of food available for both breakfast and evening dinner was amazing. My husband was a huge fan of the made to order breakfast sandwiches whilst I tried to work my way through the rest of the buffet. Each evening there was a different theme along with all the usual favourites... there was a Mexican night and an Italian, both of which were complete winners with us!

When it comes to little ones though, we really loved the fact that no detail was left out when it came to dining. High chairs and child friendly cutlery were available, kiddo was given crayons and puzzles each time we dined and there was always a huge range of food for children. Yep, even Ella's Kitchen meals and plenty of fresh fruit! Kiddo loved being able to select her own food and she ate very well throughout our stay. She was particularly fond of the desserts but no surprises there!

When it came to lunch time, we were usually still pretty fully from breakfast though I just wanted to give Soho Coffee (you'll find it inside the Pavilion) a special mention because their freshly made sandwiches, jacket potatoes and soups were to die for. We visited every day as I soon became ridiculously obsessed with their beetroot humus, avocado and feta baguettes. Fresh, handmade and absolutely delicious!  


Butlins is famous for it's entertainment and I can now fully appreciate the reason for this. It's blummin' fantastic! There was always something on, from shows to pantomime to sports classes and much more. Kiddo fell head over heels for the Skyline Gang who performed three shows throughout the week; "A Pirate's Adventure", "Carnival Crazy" and "It's Magic". These shows were perfect fun for little ones and were complete with juggling, magic, comedy and of course, plenty of catchy songs!

We tried to see as much as possible throughout our stay and this was made easy with the repeated entertainment schedule. We saw the Teletubbies, the Mr Men, Danger Mouse, Billie & Bonnie and the fabulous Whittington Rocks panto (definitely one for the adults too.... absolutely hilarious!). The highlight of the week for kiddo though was potentially the Mister Maker show, one of her TV favourites! Getting the opportunity to meet him after the show was a really special moment for her, especially as he really took his time with all of the children. No part of our break felt rushed, something we really loved about Butlins. 

Throughout each show in the pavilion, the Redcoats were always sitting with children and encouraging them to join in. They were so friendly, enthusiastic and professional in their approach... I can see why they are such an asset for Butlins!

Outdoor fun

Outside of the Skyline Pavilion (the main activity hub), there is a whole heap of things to do outdoors. The weather was admittedly absolutely freezing during our trip (where on earth did spring go?!) so this is somewhere we'd love to spend more time when we return to Butlins! We loved the fairground. All of the rides are included in the price of our stay so it was lovely letting kiddo go on whatever rides she wanted, as many times as she wanted without having to say 'no'! 

She also loved the various outdoor playgrounds. Immediately outside of our apartment was a little park complete with swings, slide and seesaw. Little things like this really impressed kiddo and she often played in the park just before bed ("Park in the dark!".... one of her favourite things!). Something she obviously doesn't normally have the chance to do, eh?! 

Learning, confidence and creativity

Kiddo's confidence really shined during our break in Butlins. There were so many opportunities for her to be creative, learn new things or make new friends. It fills my heart with cheer to see her playing so independently, discovering new things and making use of opportunities available. I can tell you, she blummin' loved the Tots Disco each evening. She was a fan of the Little Library, a cosy quiet space crammed full of exciting books to read. Also a favourite was the Littlemagictrain show which made use of role-play, storylines and fun music to unleash that imagination. We loved how well thought out the schedule was for little ones, it was so inspiring for them! There was always something new and exciting to try out. 

Splash Waterworld

Finally, I wanted to mention the swimming pool. Splash Waterworld is potentially one of the best swimming pools we have been to with kiddo, it's the perfect place for little ones to build confidence in the water! The pool opens from 9am and the morning session is "quiet time" where the bigger rides are switched off and the pool is quieter.... just right for a relaxing swim! 
There are opportunities here for swimming lessons (£5pp) but as kiddo is already quite confident in the water, we loved spending time exploring everything the water park has to offer which includes everything from raft rides to little boats and a lovely lazy river (my fav!). 

We had such an incredible time and the experience for kiddo was truly magical. I can't believe we didn't discover Butlins sooner!

You can find out more about Butlins and their Just for Tots breaks by clicking here.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

How to make a cosy home

There is currently a big fuss about minimalist homes. It’s great to cut out the clutter and make a space that’s viable for both living and working in and honestly, you can be both minimalistic and cosy without having to scrimp on letting your style and personality shine through! With this in mind, let’s have a look at how we can get a cosy home…

Look at lighting

Lighting sets the mood, and so you want something that is interchangeable with the brightness or that you can save to switch on later in the day. The more harsh the light is, the less it feels like you can spend a long time in a room - it becomes too clinical. Set some dimmer lamps around the room to really begin to make it into a cosy haven.

Bring in the blankets

No matter if you’re chilling on your bed, on a sofa or out in the garden on a summer night, blankets are always a welcome addition for when a cool breeze hits us. Blankets help us to settle down and become snug. They also offer a great chance to snuggle up next to someone, plus can offer more decoration to a room. What’s not to love about them?

Make sure you’re properly heated

Don’t just think about how many radiators you’ve got in your house, but rather whether they’re the right size for the room and where they’re placed. If you’ve got any furniture in the way of the radiators that is blocking the heat from moving around the room freely, think about how you can rearrange the room to prevent this from happening. You can keep your bathroom warm with a towel radiator, which will also help with making your towels softer and something to look forward to when you’re getting out of the bath or shower. During the summer months you may not need to switch on the heating at all, but the sun warms up rooms quicker than you’d think.

Think underfoot

The main source of heat loss on the human body is from your head, but think about how much of a difference it makes when you’ve got something on your feet to keep them warm. Instead of constantly going round in slippers or socks (or slipper-socks, let’s cut out the middleman here), consider purchasing a good quality rug or investing in a carpet if you don’t have one already. It can really help to bring a room together, but also adds such a cosy feel to whatever room that it’s becoming an addition to.

Pad your life away

Cushions, pillows, throws, blankets - all together, they can create some of the comfiest situations known to man. Go as wild as you want to when collecting them. They’re the most well-known secret for a true cosy home!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Less but better // My latest homeware addition

In my quest for a more minimal and simple lifestyle, I am certainly now more selective around the items I bring into my home. I'm a big fan of 'buy me once' products; quality items that are built to last. It's an idea I've really latched on to over the last few years as I have come to realise it makes absolutely no sense to buy cheap items that don't last again and again. Quality, durability and sustainability are where it's at for me now! And it's not just good for me either, it's beneficial for the environment too. The less things I buy, the less ends up being wasted or going to landfill!

I'm really trying to be more conscious of what comes into my home and put a little more thought into my buying rather than making impulse purchases in high street shops (which do serve their purpose, don't get me wrong.... I love a bargain! I'm just practising a little more restraint when I hit the homeware aisles!).

But with all this said, I still love my home interiors. I love bedding, I love candles and I love a good cushion! Less but better is my motto and it's one that I now try and stick to when making purchases. I can still enjoy these things just as long as my purchases are considered and will have a place or purpose in our home!

I wanted to share my latest addition to our home as it comes from a new-to-me company called Banbayu. If you have not come across this wonderful new shopping destination before then let me tell you a little more!

Banbayu offer a touch of ethically-sourced luxury for the home which has evolved from a devotion of exploring our planet. They sell an exquisite collection of authentic homewares, lighting and even jewellery from some of the world's most diverse and remote cultures. Every piece is handmade and verified for cultural and ecological sustainability and they are also passionate about supporting different cultures and environments through charitable donations and ethical sourcing.You can find out more about the founders of Banbayu here. Their brand ideas are super admirable and their range of products is not incredibly vast but their selection is impeccable!

Browsing through their website, I was initially drawn to their range of handmade vases decorated with circus inspired art. They are just my kind of thing! One offs, such beautiful original pieces. And then I saw the range of cushions made by Jules Pansu in Paris, France. Jules Pansu have been weaving textile tapestries and wall art since 1878 and are still going strong today. The designs feature the work of some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, namely Miró and Picasso. I have a certain admiration for the work of these artists after studying art and working in various art galleries over the years. I just knew I had to have one of these cushions in my home!

After much deliberation, I went for the 2+5=7 design by Miró. The image has been licensed by the Miró foundation and has been brought to life in a unique and beautiful way for use in the home. It literally transforms your home into a sort of art gallery. There's no reason  as to why art should be restricted to being hung on walls! The colours are spot on for our living room and the contemporary design is a little nod to my artistic background. Honestly, I just love this cushion! It's bold, bright and full of character. 

The cushion retails for £85.00 at Banbayu which is pricey, I'll admit. You can really see the work that has gone into making this item though, different weaving techniques have been used to carefully recreate identical paint colours and Miró's painting strokes. The reverse of the cushion is a plain black cotton fabric, a lovely contrast to the bold and bright image on the front. Also, there's a concealed zip which makes for a neat, well though out design that is easy to remove should you need to wash it. It's plump, pert and well made.... just what I like in a cushion. You can just tell that it's certainly going to be one that will keep it's shape and last for years!

The cushion has certainly become a talking point when guests come to our house. They like to try and work out what the image is, what it means. My 3 year old daughter has decided that sometimes it is a face and sometimes it is a beach with the moon shining down. She loves to tell people her thoughts. This is what I love about art; it makes you question things, it creates dialogues.

I am so pleased with this new addition to our home. What do you think? Have you heard of Banbayu before? Pop over to their website to see their full range of cushions, home interiors, lighting and more!