When I finally grow up, it's my not-so-secret fantasy to live beside the seaside. While for the moment it's not so economically possible, that doesn't stop me trying to recreate something like coastal style in my (landlocked) home. Perhaps it's been the sunnier weather but recently my wishful thinking has been worse than ever. First up was the Brighton pavilion jelly mould. Then I found myself bookmarking Harlequin's Brighton wallpaper.
Available for £28 a roll from John Lewis, it depicts some of Brighton's varied building styles. The illustration shows quaint historic properties nestling in alongside the less scenic tower blocks and I love the way this paper captures something of the nature of the city without resorting to the cliches of seagulls and ice-cream. The tart green and blue colours used take the twee edge off the prettiness of the illustration, leaving a scene that looks just about perfect to me. While this paper doesn't stop my urge to move away, it would make my current abode look a whole lot nicer - and that's going to have to (sadly) do for now.