Are you cross today?

It’s Monday and you might be feeling a bit cross, so here you go. I’m really late to the party on this one but I still find Swiss crosses used in interiors and anywhere else really appealing. The true Swiss cross is based on the Swiss flag and has very specific dimensions dictating the thickness versus the length of the arms.

Some observations for cross use:

  1. These are crosses not crucifixes and as such, must be symmetrical (really a plus sign)
  2. It is most strikingly used monochromatic and bold
  3. Textured white on white is really appealing
  4. Repetition is good, more is more

How stunning would these tiles be as a backsplash?

cross tiles

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Ready-made (and useful) art for the cottage or cabin. Hang one or two on the wall.

cross paddle

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The shape would lend itself to knitting really easily. This motif lends itself to DIY really well as an easy shape to work with and replicate.

cross pillow

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The Swiss cross can be really cute when personalized and used in the nursery.

cross baby items

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Again, the repetition is what makes the most impact. You could easily replicate this with a jigsaw and plywood.

cross wall art

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The one exception to the black and white rule for swiss crosses is red. The original colour and the colour of Victorinox Swiss Army knives and the Red Cross.

missmustardseed

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kleenex box

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Ideally suited to a spare Scandinavian design aesthetic this motif is a classic.

Fake a beach glass look

Are you landlocked but still want the look of beach glass?  I have found the easiest diy ever to fake the look of depression glass or beach glass using junk store glassware.

faux beach glass

Fake beach glass bowls

Using matte finish mode podge, food colouring and any glass vessel around you can easily create a pretty decorative piece. Certainly not for use with food but these would be lovely for display as a group at a beachy themed wedding or party.

I picked up a couple of very inexpensive pieces of glassware at Value Village. I think pieces with a lot of texture work best for this application but you can try any sort of finish. I mixed matte mode podge with food colouring drops until I got the colour I wanted and started painting. I applied two coats, letting the first dry for about an hour in between. That it! The finish is a lovely soft matte just like beach glass and imagine the variations in colour you can work with.

Beach glass bowls

 

Spring lilac colour palette

The scent is heavenly at this time of year with blossoms and lilacs everywhere but how can you make your favourite blooms last?  Bring your lilacs inside by developing a pretty, romantic colour palette that would be perfect for a young girl’s room.

lilac colours

lilac colour swatches