There are some beautiful cheats out there. Ref Maria Sharapova.
Cheating is wrong. Of course it's wrong, but weellllllll, tennis would be ugly without Maria, so I have found it in my heart to forgive her. Just like I know you will forgive me for my recent (but rather beautiful) cheating spate too.
So it's time to come clean.
I love House of Hackney. In fact I have an unhealthy obsession with the brand. I love its modern vintage vibe, its unapologetic maximalism and I adore its rock star credentials.
And yet (guilt face) I've been reduced to cheating in order to achieve the look.
Exhibit 1 - My twelve quid Sainsbury's palm print cushion. Intended to pretty up outdoor furniture and currently residing very happily indoors.
But that's not all. Unable to land this dreamy (and yes, rock-star expensive) House of Hackney London stripe Mortello chair to the tune of £2,495 ...
... I bought some £6 per metre Ikea copycat fabric and made my own accent chair instead. (Exhibit B below and top).
But you know what? Throughout this sordid designer hacking ordeal, I have experienced none of the shame associated with real life cheating. In fact. I'm actually quite proud of myself. You will be pleased to know that interior cheating, done well, feels really quite good.
What's more, it allows me more cash to splash on gorgeous actual House of Hackney accessories that:
a) I would not otherwise be able to afford and
b) Will fool everyone into believing that the fake stuff might actually be designer anyway (because a House of Hackney soap dispenser says a lot about your standards if you know what I mean.)
Clean hands and clean conscience. Who'd have thought cheating could be so rewarding?
Got any designer cheats you want to 'fess up about? Tip me off in the comments section below. It takes one to know one, right?