Paper Lampshades, Serious Nostalgia

When I was little I had a paper lampshade of a hot air balloon. I can still picture it, blue with a rainbow on the side. This Spaceboy paper lampshade from DotCom Gift Shop seems to be a hit with my son. We've put it up in his room and the verdict is,  "that's sooooo cool".



Bring Your Walls to Life

Remember our first ever guest post, sponsored by John Lewis? I loved it so much I’ve invited another John Lewis style spotter back on board to share their tips on bringing your walls to life.


Collecting ornaments, pottery and kitsch finds is great fun (especially if you’ve got a fantastic glass-fronted cabinet in which to showcase them) but if you’re running out of windowsills, shelves, mantelpieces and other surface space, don’t forget your walls and windows – think vertical.

Bring Your Walls to Life


Lovely lighting

Set the mood in a room with wall lighting – it’ll add atmosphere, and can also illuminate an area of the room you want to highlight – perhaps that which houses your most treasured finds. Besides classic Christmas-style bulbs, try twinkly flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, birds or other baubles. Current favourites from John Lewis are the Shelly LEDs – featuring beautiful beach-shells – and the pretty cream Orchid Line. Or if minimalist statement style is more your bag, go for a brightly-coloured ceiling lamp will add a practical focal piece. 

Bring Your Walls to Life

Marvellous mirrors

You can’t go wrong with a classic 1950s starburst mirror, but if you’ve failed to find one by trawling junk shops, vintage emporia and flea markets, there are many modern interpretations on the theme. Circular Venetian designs or Deco-style crests; heart-shaped or scalloped; gold or chrome, whatever you choose, mirrors add depth and a sense of space to a room. If you can’t decide which style you prefer, create a feature wall with mirrors of different shapes and sizes.  

Bring Your Walls to Life


Quirky curtains

Don’t overlook curtains as a quick and easy fix to update your decor. John Lewis has a range of retro prints, including the much-loved Sanderson Dandelion, Harlequin’s adorable What A Hoot owls, 1950s-style leaf prints, boats, dogs and even dinosaurs. Choose your material, see some sample swatches and order your made-to-measure curtains  or browse through the gems in ready-made collections. Check out Dinotastic from John Lewis’ Little Home children’s range – also perfect for a kitsch-loving adult with an eye for the unusual. 

Bring Your Walls to Life

And additional extras? Pop art pictures and wall stickers, such as those in The Nouvelles sticker range, which include Russian Dolls, Noah’s Ark and Budgerigars images, or Le Pre d’Eau’s silhouetted trees, will add the finishing touches. As they’re temporary, you don’t have to spend too much time deliberating before you commit to the kitsch.


All items featured availavle at John Lewis at time of publication.