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!