Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Pinning Inspiration #9

This week's Pinning Inspiration takes us right back to where the heart is: the home!
Today's theme is postage style (which is rather coincidental, since the writing of this post was interrupted by the postman!)

The above picture was taken in an (unfortunately short-lived) dumpling bar in Brighton. I totally dig the postage-themed cushion, particularly as it is stamped 'Japan' and the shop sold Japanese-inspired food.
Imagine how cool it would be to recreate this, with an old mail sack as the seat cushion (and yes, the base of the seat is an old suitcase...and yes, the floor is fake grass...that shop was cool, you guys).

Rambling aside, all kinds of postal paraphernalia can be used to create, and used to inspire, all manner of things for the home and for yourself!

I'll start with a collection of postage stamp projects that I've surfed upon--these are truly awesome.

A postage stamp-decoupaged mailbox! We don't have mailboxes like this here (our letters come straight through the front door) but if we did, this would certainly give people something to look at!

Source: via Kei on Pinterest

Another cute box, this time one in which to hide your little trinkets!

A collection of pretty stamps would also help jazz up a side-table. The assortment of stamps on this one is cool!

Of course, if you want a smaller project, this postage stamp bunting, seen on A Law Student's Journey, is super!

Alternatively, why not use stamps to bring an old handbag back to life? I adore this one!

If stamp decoupage isn't your thing, how about a stamp-printed cushion?

Or a stamp chair (toy cat optional)?!

Source: via Kei on Pinterest

But what about postcards? Exotic, quirky, traditional pictures from around the world, complete with a little message from holidaying friends and family--or there to be picked up as a memento of a trip. This postcard wall is not only a great way to display all these minuature works of art, but also an interesting way to hide a boring wall!

Or if you prefer less clutter, peg postcards to a string, hung across a long frame on the wall. This method of display is also quick and easy to change around!

To bring this post full circle and back to postal pillows again, here's another fantastic one.

Finally, if I may whet your whistle for further postal crazines, here is a book that looks truly intriguing!

Source: via Kei on Pinterest

The Englishman who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects is the story of W. Reginald Bray. A resident of Edwardian London, Bray's hobby was to test the postal service to its limits. He bought a copy of The Post Office Guide and studied the regulations published quarterly. Bray discovered the smallest and largest items he could post (a bee and an elephant) and even - as the book's title suggests - posted himself. He also sent post to strange addresses, some even in puzzle form, and hard to reach places, testing the true limits of the British postal service. Later in life he turned his attention to collecting autographs - also bo post - and collected thousands.

This book is definitely on my wishlist!

Do you like the design of postage stamps and postcards? 
What would you do, given a big pile of exotic-looking stamps?
 Please share your thoughts and inspirations in the comments!

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