If you would tell me three years ago, that’s when my William Morris obsession started in case you are wondering, that one day I will have a collection of items featuring his designs in my house I would laugh and buy you a drink for your funny jokes. The cost of buying a single William Morris cushion is close to £80 and with most of these items being averagely higher than their brandless counterparts, I was immediately put off the idea of owning more than one of his designs – but here we are talking about a collection, my very own William Morris collection, say what!
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
The first ever piece of a William Morris design that I bought was this Strawberry Thief mug in blue, proudly displayed on my dining room library shelves. It is a collective item for which I kept bidding and bidding for days on Ebay, until it became mine for the humble price of £23! Not bad considering that there are only a few of them produced in the world and that it has a unique signature code on the bottom. I dream of passing it down to my grandkids one day but with a naughty Jack Russell running around the house, I can only hope that it will survive for a few more years..
The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
William Morris was a lover of colours, natural elements, like birds and forest foliage, and designed some of the most beautiful wallpapers and textures in British history! He is recognized as one of the most significant cultural figures of Victorian Britain, and even though he was best known in his lifetime as a poet, posthumously he became better known for his beautiful designs.
The second biggest addition to my William Morris collection was this cushion, again featuring one of his most famous designs – Strawberry Thief. It is said that the inspiration behind this design was an observation William Morris made while standing in the kitchen garden of his countryside home, Kelmscott Manor, in Oxfordshire. Dozens of thrushes were stealing fruit and more so, strawberries that ignite the genesis of this design! To print the pattern Morris used the extremely complicated indigo-discharge method that he admired most of all forms of printing. He first attempted to print by using this method in 1875 but it was not until 1881 that he actually made it.
If you cannot learn to love real art at least learn to hate sham art.
The second William Morris mug that I got, and I know I might be repeating myself at this point but it is again in his famous Strawberry Thief design as it appears this is the one that people love the most, is this gorgeous mug that came at the whooping price of £3.50 from HomeSense! I remember seeing it in the store shelves and not believing my eyes. It doesn’t have the best print quality but it is a great addition to anyone’s collection without breaking the bank.
My most recent William Morris item was this scrunchie that was lovingly handmade by my sister! It features the Morris Seaweed design which is a beige, white dotted texture that matches great with all of my daily outfits.
Last but not least, and perhaps the epitome of my William Morris obsession is this fabulous Snakeshead wallpaper soon to be installed behind the bedroom alcove shelves. I am working with Sanderson1860 on a very special home renovation project and I cannot wait for it to be done and reveal all the details. Now, if only I could find a handyman to take over the project as so far all that I got in touch with seem not to be interested!
From his dramatic motifs to his rich colours, there is not a single William Morris design that I do not like and I am hoping that my collection will keep growing day by day.
What is your favourite William Morris design, I’d love to know!