Category Archives: Decorative arts

The Kaleidoscopes

The Kaleidoscopes

Sometimes small objects bring a big fun. The kaleidoscope is one of those. It was a huge entertainment for me as a child to lay on my bed, and watch colourful pictures for hours.

In 1816, the kaleidoscope was invented by Scottish scientist, Sir David Brewster, and patented by him in 1817 (GB 4136).

British Pop Art: How it Started

British Pop Art: How it Started

Against a backdrop of post-war reconstruction and social change, a group of young artists, writers and architects met to pool their ideas at the Institute of contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Formed in 1951 and known as the International Group (IG), they introduced the world to a new kind of art that was stimlated by popular culture – films, comics, advertising, science-fiction and pop music were key inspirations.

Lush Designs Sophisticated Fun

Lush Designs Sophisticated Fun

Lampshades!!! Pillows!!! Tea Towels!!! Greeting Cards!!! …. And Much More!!!

Lush Designs is the creation of Marie Rodgers and Maria Livings. They design and manufacture homewares and gifts which feature our idiosyncratic print designs.

A Few Wall Decorating Ideas

A Few Wall Decorating Ideas

Do you need wall decorating ideas? The first thing people usually think of when it comes to decorating the walls of their home is to put up framed art or photographs. However, there are many other wall decorating ideas that are unique, inexpensive and easy to incorporate into each room of your home.
Here is a quick hit list of cheap and easy ways to decorate your walls and perhaps create a whole new wall decor in the process.

Quilts are a classic decorating accessory and can be used with any decorating style. Hang them on a wall, stack them on a shelf or showcase them in a shadow box or frame on the wall.
Small, lightweight rugs can also be used for decorating walls and add color and interest.
Hang your child’s christening outfit on a beautifully decorated hanger and add vintage doll dresses around it for a collection. This would be great in a little girl’s bedroom, sewing room, or sitting room.