Tuesday, January 12, 2010

in defence of cushions

Lately I ran into a woman I'd been to college with. We'd encountered one another when we took the same module on Ancient Procrastination; she had gone on to be go-getting in publishing while I'd flightily career-hopped and added some motherhood into the mix.

She asked what I was up to nowadays, and, mentally running through all the things I couldn't possibly tell her about, I mentioned that I occasionally blog about cushions. "Cushions, yes, very important," she politely said, which reminded me of when I wasn't at all interested in interiors either. Frivolous, transient, homey stuff, of no significance when you barely spend any time in your house, as you're in work, pubs, clubs, and in transit, and the finer detail of the rosewood carving is obscured by the swarm of eligibles.


But now I am somewhat interested in interiors, and it dates from when I first had children, which was also a major change to someone who thought buggies and prams were in the way and was barely aware that they contained small people. Round about when Pink Daughter was born, we bought this house, which was my very first to do as I pleased with. When I wasn't reading the manual on how to look after a baby, I glanced around and thought it would all be a bit jollier in white, both inside and outside.

The painting started it, and since then I've gone on to an expensive sofa addiction, a fondness for curves and a design blog-reading habit. And although the interiors phase may be as short-lived as other fancies of mine, I'm convinced that I'm happier for not living amid the default varnished pine, fitted kitchens and sensible sofas of my pre-interiors awareness.

30 comments:

  1. Varnished pine..? (*Shudder*) You've come a long way, girl..! ;)

    xoxo,
    -maria

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  2. Here here! Husband still longs for the varnished pine from the Ireland of yore...

    Your cushions are lovely.

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  3. Cushions are important when you are the one requiring the aesthetically pleasing lumbar support...?

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  4. Cushions are not only nice to look at but also quite practical to have on hand. All of mine are currently placed in ramp formations to help my kitten on and off of the bed. She's quite pleased with her plush runway.

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  5. I can honestly say that my so-called self-important self never thought she would care so much about interior design. But, I too, am also addicted. Better than being addicted to pink martini's, I suppose {although this should be carefully considered}.

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  6. You are appreciating your life, in the moment. Seems to me you know exactly what you are doing.

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  7. Cushions are vitally important, as is finding the perfect white paint! I think perhaps your college friend doesn't realize just how many whites there are.

    (and I don't even have any kids to blame this on)

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  8. Hey Mise
    Well I would've needed that manual too. I just popped over to your previous posts and love your after living room.. quite gorgeous!! The pink chair is a stunner!!

    So just thought I'd let you know I want the whole Gingerbread man!! xxx Julie

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  9. me too, me too; I'm a big fan of the white interior, and my sofa boasts 10 cushions. All for me, the rest of them can sod off.

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  10. Well you are not just writing about cushions here you are also inspiring a lot of your readers on a daily basis :)

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  11. "Ancient Procrastination..." hahaha! Mise, I'm glad you and interiors found each other.

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  12. The thing is, Mise we change as our life changes and different things become more interesting. I can remember, before I had children that, the people with children used to rant on and on about babygrows and the merits of breast feeding and I used to think that they were so boring but, as soon as I had my children I turned into one of them !!
    You have now turned into Lawrence Llewelyn- Bowen !!!!... oh, sorry, Kelly Hoppen !! Just go with the flow, Mise.

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  13. I wish my The Children realised the importance of cushions, they seem to think of them as weapons/barricades/things to be hidden in unexpected places around the house etc. How do I combine interiors and motherhood? (Got the Procrastination down no problem!)

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  14. But I've always loved cushions! I have so many there's not really enough space for them. I just can't resist a really nice cushion cover, even if it doesn't match anything I already own. (You could replace the word cushion here for shoes in a normal woman's vocab.) And I have no kids.

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  15. oh, well said and done.. funny how our views change when our minds open up.. lovely...

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  16. Love the cushions! I pick up old
    ones from the out door markets here.. Hubby
    doesn't understand my obsession...yet
    he like a good cushion behind his back!

    Yours are fab!

    ~kimme

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  17. i'd love to know what where all the 'things you couldnt' possibly tell her about " ...another post please
    ..cushions are indeed very important ,i've often wondered , why it is they are confined to only home decor..why not wearable and edible ones too..

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  18. Congratulations on your mention in this months House and HOme magazine...well deserved:)

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  19. Devon, I guess sofas that allow for occasional spills of pink martinis would cover all requirements.

    That 'after' photo is my very favourite armchair, Julie. I sat on it while I finished the gingerbread man.

    Blacklashes, really? I'll have to bestir myself and buy a copy.

    That's good advice, Jacqueline. I had to not rant about baby-topics when I had my children as none of my friends had any yet, so there's a lot of suppressed ranting to apply to cushions.

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  20. i'mwith jaboopee...i wanna know what you couldnt tell her...

    whats her game anywho...everybody loves a cushion...even us men folk, prone to throw a wee cushion under the feet that are resting on the coffee table of a sunday while the gaa match is on...

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  21. Ah, there's nothing quite like bumping into an old acquaintance to make one re-evaluate one's life and love of cushions. One must remind oneself though that if one didn't defend the poor cushions, who else would? It's a very noble and worthy thing to do Mise, so we lovers of cushions and all things frivolous can hold our heads very high indeed!

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  22. It's a shame your college friend has such a busy life she can't enjoy such things like pretty cushions. I would much rather live my slower paced life and enjoy the lovely cushions. =)

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  23. I don't think I need to tell you where I stand on this topic! And something tells me yours isn't a short-lived phase either but even if it is, you must still visit and elevate the dialogue on my blog, okay?

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  24. i love cushions of all kinds! they're so simpleto make too!

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  25. Clearly cushions are just a symbol of things anyway aren't they? I love it when super busy professional people look down their noses at more humble interests. Cushions are not superficial at all. They are a manifestation of all of our deep down desires to return to the womb. So there you go. Quite significant I would say.

    And speaking as one of those super busy pushy professional people I can't see why you can't enjoy both!

    And as for the baby stuff my goodness it used to drive me crazy. And I do still get very bored with my child is the most intelligent creature ever born. I mean really.

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  26. You can shower me with cushions anytime.

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  27. One can never have too many cushions! Love the blog,
    hugs from Poland!
    Rhonda

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  28. I remember the career time when I barely saw the inside of my apartment.

    But now I'm home from the honeymoon and I feel like organizing. Then perhaps decorating and definitely design-blog reading.

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  29. It's funny what we get into over time. A few years ago I did not obsess over throw pillows as I do now. As hobbies go, it's not a bad one.

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