Inspirational: The Great Wave off Kanagawa, above, by Katsushika Hokusai was the first of 36 views of Mount Fuji, Japan’s sacred mountain, by the Japanese artist. These were so successful that he later added more, to make a total of 46. Right, the image is on a Jacquard cotton cushion cover, 33cm x 45cm. Priced £50 from the British Museum Shop, WC1 Wonderwall: following Hokusai’s lead, fellow Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) also made prints of Mount Fuji with many ending up in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, where they’ve caught the eye of modern mural specialist Surface View. It offers The Coast at Hota in Awa Province, by Hiroshige, as a custommade wallcovering, left, from £65 a square metre. “You can even do a whole wall by covering a ‘secret’ door,” says Alissa Sequeira of Surface View See-through shades of blue: above, vases and bottles in recycled blue glass cost from £4 to £30 at the Barker & Stonehouse chain of 10 contemporary furnishing stores. The Battersea branch — with an in-store café — is at 100 York Road, SW11. Call 020 3040 6000 (barkerandstonehouse.co.uk).
linen/cotton sheets look best unironed — “the softer crease is casual and inviting,” says Ivy Rawson, whose brand Cloth & Clay is sold online. She’s based in Hong Kong with design input from Cambodia, Tasmania and the UK. Reversible linens have a light and a dark side to suit your mood. From £135.60 for a double size set. Call 01163 440035 (clothnclay.com).