The cactus 

The humble cactus is having a moment. A quick look on etsy and you’re offered cactus cushions, cactus prints, knitted cacti, cactus fabrics. Yes, yes – we get it already.

I’m of the school of thought that if something is having a ‘thing’, it probably means it’s already on the way out. So I tend not to invest heavily in big trends. You might be better off going for a cheaper item or, even better, something DIY?

Anyway, here are my favourite cacti:   

I think this screen print is rather cute and would brighten up a bathroom or a kitchen diner. It’s available at etsy which is always a good source of reasonably priced artwork. 

 I am sure you’re seeing a lot of these decorating hoops at the moment. And if you’re handy with a needle and thread, a DIY project is a good way to introduce a trend without spending too much. If you’d prefer someone else to get on with the handicraft, again just head to etsy. This particular one ships from California so just wach out for extra charges.

  
I don’t tend to covet wallpaper with a bang on trend as I worry it will date quickly. But you can always buy simple updates like tea towels. And if you find one you really like, frame them! Again, etsy! This time, a Leeds based artist.

 And finally for the tea towel lovers out there, here’s another one which is available at blogandbuysale which, by the way, is a good little place to find products made by independent artists and designers.

Let me know if you’ve indulged in the cactus trend!

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When shelves become Ugg boots

There are some trends that take off off which, dare I say it – and please don’t take offence – all start feeling a bit samey.

Take children’s rooms. I can’t seem to get away from the house shaped shelf.

And they do look cute don’t they?

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I have been so tempted to indulge. But they are EVERYWHERE. It all starts feeling a little identikit….it’s a bit like few years ago when everyone wore skinny jeans and Ugg boots.

So how does a girl be different? I’ve been trawling through Etsy recently and there are some great alternatives. Now you need a little vision here – imagine them styled with books and toys, maybe painted and against a cute wallpaper.

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Great alternatives that also fulfil the geometric trend.

All links to the Etsy sellers can be found on my pinterest page. Which is your favourite? (Ps promise to never compare shelving with Ugg boots ever again.)