Question: What do cheerful dancing skeletons, beautifully decorated skulls and artist Frida Kahlo have in common?

Answer: They all appear on Gosh! & Absolutely’s gorgeous range of Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ inspired lampshades, cushions and accessories!

Day of the Dead’ (‘Día de los Muertos’) is a Mexican holiday where people come together to celebrate the lives of deceased family members and friends. It falls on 31st Oct to 2nd Nov, and the Day of the Dead is technically the third day of the celebrations.  The occasion isn’t sombre or depressing; people gather at gravesides to reminisce, share fun memories and pray for their loved ones. They also leave offerings of food, candles and sugar skulls. Frida Kahlo was a hugely popular Mexican artist who is celebrated during this holiday. Sugar skull representations of Kahlo feature her famous mono-brow.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the ‘Day of the Dead’ directly relates to Halloween, given the time of year that it falls, and because recently it has become a popular costume choice for parties and trick-or-treating. However, it is believed that the celebration is Aztec in origin, possibly dating back 3000 years! It has evolved over time, like many celebrations throughout the world, to become the occasion it is today.

Although our Day of the Dead ranges will feature in our Halloween shop window this October, customers enjoy our lampshades, cushions and lanterns all year round. Our most popular seller by far is our ‘Baile de Muertos’ cushion featuring Alexander Henry ‘Baile De Calaveros’ and ‘Las Golondrinas’ fabric in Tea and Eggplant (aubergine to us Brits!). My own favourite is our new range of lanterns with gorgeous Calavera Sugar Skulls fabric by David Textiles.

Pop along to the shop later in October to see our fabulous display!

Well, we have been pretty busy at Gosh! & Absolutely HQ in the past couple of weeks, preparing for the Miss Ivy Homes & Gardens Show next weekend. We’ll being showing off our new ranges of fabric combinations, so that our customers can buy or order lampshades and cushions in fun co-ordinating fabrics. We’ll be focussing on our ‘City vs Country’, ‘Enchanted Wander’ and ‘Cut up your Dresses’ ranges, but we’ll bring along some fabric swatches too, so if these don’t hit the spot we’re sure you’ll find something you love. You may have guessed that we’re not really big on beige and boring, we rather hope our colourful combos will liven up or complement your decor and put a smile on your face.

Of course we will also have a selection of ‘new old’ lamps (as my son would put it). We have sourced yet more fantastic vintage lamps and brought them back to life with beautiful bespoke shades. Many of them aren’t available on the website yet so you will have to come along to the show if you want to get your hands on the most recent batch. This is your chance to find a truly individual lamp to suit your style – from the classic Parisian inspired style of the 1960s, to the studio pottery of the 1970s and the bold red and white of the 1980s.

Plus we have this gorgeous 1960s fabric in blues and indigos, such a fabulous print as this is hard to come by, so don’t miss the opportunity to get lampshades and/or cushions in this design as we have limited stocks!

We are very excited as there is just one week to go until the show. Spring is most definitely in the air, and I for one am itching to get going on the redecorating. If you feel the same then the Homes and Gardens Show is a an absolute must – with more than 60 exhibitors! Hope we see you there.

Stylish Homes & Gardens Show, Mount Edgcumbe, Sat 28 – Sun 29 March 2015