Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin’s Children’s Sketches Survive Centuries!

If you came to the website for illustrated pug mugs, you might have also spotted the service to decorate white bone china with your children’s drawings. It’s a great way to capture their childhood in something a little more permanent that you can hold onto as an heirloom for decades to come when they’re all grown up.

After all, even some of the world’s greatest thinkers hoarded their children’s sketches, as you’d discover if you were to visit the American Museum of Natural History this year. New for 2015, in honour of Charles Darwin’s 106th birthday, is a 111 piece collection of drawings and stories by Darwin’s young children, alongside other members of his family.

It seems his kids often took to drawing and painting fanciful cartoons on the back of draft pages of his manuscripts, which then treasured and kept safe by the family, have become some of the only original manuscript pages still in existence.

It seems from their scribbles that the youngsters were somewhat inspired by their father, with paintings depicting a fish with legs (carrying an umbrella) and drawings of tropical birds, much like the finches on the Galapagos islands which triggered Darwin’s most famous theory of evolution.

Of course, as children, they’re a lot of fun too – and we think we’d definitely like to read the story which sees three men riding a pumpkin, pear and turnip with legs like horses. And well, while we can’t guarantee your little ones’ drawings will end up in museums over 150 years later, if you transform them into ceramic form, they’re sure to not get stuffed in the back of a drawer somewhere in years to come.


Get The 1970s Look

Interior designers will often tell you to look at what’s going on in the world of fashion in order to know what’s going to be big news in the home décor arena – and chances are you’ll have already heard that the 1970s will be making huge waves on the high street and beyond this year.

If you want get the look quickly and easily at home this year, then investing in tweed cushions would be a great way of going about this.

This rough fabric has come in and out of fashion periodically for years. Traditionally, it was used by the upper class for clothing like shooting jackets, but it later became very popular among the middle classes during Edwardian times and hit the big time where trends were concerned in the 60s and 70s.

Coloured tweed in particular was very much en vogue in the 1970s, putting a bit of a contemporary twist on the traditional countrified style, so look out for this if you’re keen to get this particular aesthetic at home.

Choosing this kind of material will not only make sure your home gets an instant trendy makeover without much trouble, but will also help to bring added texture into your living room or bedroom, which as any interior designer will say, is essential for making your rooms more interesting and really come to life.

Have a look on our website to see what cushions we’ve got for sale – there are lots to choose from so you’re sure to find at least one that fits the bill perfectly.