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

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

cross paddle

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

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

cross baby items

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

cross wall art

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.


kleenex box

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

Vintage sign letters | Vintage sign letters

I have always loved letterforms, I guess it’s my graphic design background. I have been collecting vintage sign letters for the past few years from flea markets and antique stores – the older, more distressed the better.

faded metal letters

My letters migrate around the house, some disappear for months at a time if I get tired of them. The contrast of these simple forms against the formal furniture that we’ve inherited really appeals to me. I don’t want my letters to spell anything, I’m really scared they’ll become “twee”.

large letters on table

metal letters on table


Large metal E

I have collected a number of my favourite posts and articles from different sources showing stunning examples of vintage sign letters. I won’t use anyone else’s photos without permission so you’ll have to click on the links below.

The first example is my absolute favourite and is from and you have to scroll down to see the hallway with the giant Q. Some day when I grow up I want to have that hallway.

The second example is from and is a gorgeous giant letter on an office wall.

I want to wander through this flea market in Nashville featured on le-minimalist.blogspot

This large r reminds me of my big b which I love.