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Red hot: 10 red cushions for Valentine’s day

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Cute red heart shaped balloons

Whether you find it romantic or commercial, most of us would admit that Valentine’s day gifts can sometimes be a little…erm….impractical. This February 14, why not give a present that’s pretty, stylish and useful with these red hot cushions?

Red hot cushions for Valentine's Day

1. Raj ‘Royalty’ Applique Single Peacock Feather Cushion, Purvaai

The peacock is the favourite of royalty the world over, gracing terraces and courtyards, but nowhere more so than in India, to which it is native. Show your loved one how special they are with this striking crimson cushion, £38 including filler pad from IN SPACES.

2. Creek red cushion, Darlings of Chelsea

This simple but sophisticated square cushion has a strong geometric, zigzag design, suitable for contemporary decors. Made from 100% cotton and featuring classic piping round the edge, the pattern continues on both sides. Available in three colours, this cushion would add a level of texture to a leather sofa, or could be used to soften the seat of dining chairs. Was £59 now £53.10 from Darlings of Chelsea.

3. Isobel’s flowers red cushion, Hunkydory Home

Inspired by childhood memories and a love of Scandinavian design, this cushion features a striking retro floral print in an orangey red. Ideal for modern spaces to add a touch of retro design and a splash of colour. Includes fibre cushion pad. Made in Northumberland. £25 from Hunkydory Home.

4. Love you to the moon and back cushion, Artylicious

For a more traditional Valentine’s day gift, how about this cushion from Artylicious? Featuring the slogan ‘love you to the moon and back’, it’s printed on a soft faux suede fabric with an envelope back and packed with a plump cushion inner. £22 from Artylicious.

5. Ambala square rust cushion, Iqrup and Ritz

Bright red doesn’t suit every decor, so for something more muted try this pretty embroidered cushion, decorated with intricate Kantha work. It’s available in a number of different colours and designs, in square or rectangular shapes, from Iqrup and Ritz. Prices start at £59.

6. Velvet damask cushion, Danetti

A modern take on a vintage motif, this cushion has a classic damask design in cut velvet with a linen background. The fabric is a soft cut velvet with a subtle sheen and a linen ground and reverse, perfect for adding interest and texture, and the cushion comes complete with a feather inner and a zip for easy removal for spot cleaning. Available in two different sizes. Prices start at £29 from Danetti.

7. Snowflake cushion in red, Annabel James

For the perfect winter accessory, this cushion is made from Merino lambswool a reversible Nordic red and white snowflake design, with button and fringe detail. Made in England by Bronte, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of woollen blankets and throws. Renowned for their high quality, these throws are made in one of the longest established mills in Britain, where fine wools have been manufactured since 1937. Was £44.95, now £29.95 from Annabel James.

8. Eiffel tower cushion cover, Alhambra Home

Oooh la la! Evoke memories of a romantic weekend away with this cushion cover celebrating Paris. 100% cotton front and plain black backing. Available in four different colours. £21 for cover only from Alhambra Home.

9.  Lumimarja cushion in red, Marimekko

Winter blooms inspired designer Erja Hirvi to create this print of rich red berries. Made from luxury cotton sateen it will add a touch of luxury to a plain chair or sofa. £39.50 from Cloudberry Living.

10. Dandelion clocks cushion cover, Andshine

The funky 50s retro design of this cushion is printed by Sanderson, featuring stylised dandelion heads with seeds radiating from a central point. Ideal for contemporary interiors, it’s available in a range of different sizes. Prices start from £14 for the cover only from Andshine.

By Sara Walker

Toucan liven up your home furnishings

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Funky toucan cushion covers from H&M

Why not add a bit of fun to your home furnishings with a new set of cushion covers?

If it’s colour and quirkiness that you’re craving, then take a look at these toucan design cushion covers.

They’re from the new range at H&M and will help add a touch of exotic charm to your living room. The yellow background toucan cushion cover and the single toucan print design cover are both £7.99 each.

If you really love the birds, you can even go the whole hog and get toucan design bedding too:

Fun toucan bird print duvet cover from H&M

Toucan duvet, £19.99

Exotic toucan bird pillowcase from H&M

Toucan bird pillowcase, £6.99

Creature comforts: Bargain cushions for 10 pounds or less

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Contemporary design cushions from M&Co

As we’ve probably mentioned once or twice before, we’re rather partial to cushions. In terms of interior updates, they’re one of the easiest and least expensive ways of updating the style of your living room, sofa and chairs.

If you fancy changing the look of your living room, by adding some different colours, patterns or designs, then here are nine bargain cushions that are priced at £10 or under in the M&Co sale. What’s more, some items currently have an extra 10% off their sale price, so get shopping!

Top row, from left to right:

Heart balloon print cushion – now £8

Sleeping cat photo print cushion – now £10

Watercolour heart print cushion – now £8


Middle row, from left to right:

French bulldog photo print cushion – now £10

Flamingo print cushion – now £10

Dalmation photo print cushion – now £10


Bottom row, from left to right:

Butterfly print cushion – now £10

Puppy and kitten photo print cushion – now £10

Purple ombre cushion – now £9

Cushions and cards by Andy Hau of AHA Design

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Mother's day gifts and charity card

Designs can inspire ideas and feelings that can’t always be expressed with words – at least, that’s the thought behind the work of London-based designer, Andy Hau, who runs A.H.A Design.

Andy is inspired by storytelling, memories and childhood experiences and it’s fully recognisable in his work. His products include cushions and cards featuring some endearing and wistful designs.

Two of the cushion designs we like are 100 starlings rising, with its mass of swirling birds, and the persistence of volition which features a sofa floating from a patchwork hot air balloon. Both of the cushions are reversible, with a signature fox print featured on the back.

Andy Hau currently has a special greeting card available, which could be perfect for Mother’s Day. The fox and the hummingbird card is dedicated to the memory of Andy’s mum, and the proceeds of sales are going to Bowel Cancer UK.

Inspirational ‘believe in yourself’ cushions by Nicola Rowlands

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Believe in yourself message for your home

We’ve recently been focusing on products for the home with words and phrases, be it inspirational, motivational or entertaining, for our Signs of Life collection on eBay. So it seems appropriate to have chanced upon these cushions, which fit in with our theme.

The cushions are produced by Manchester-based designer Nicola Rowlands and bear the message, “She believed she could, so she did.”

The small oblong pillow cushions are printed with fresh colours on heavyweight cotton on the front, and backed with beige on the back. They’re available to buy for £15 each. If you know someone who could do with an extra boost of encouragement to believe in themselves and plans they’re making, then this is a great gift idea.


Top 10 French-inspired cushions

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Oooh la la! With holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to inject a little French chic into your sitting room or conservatory with a dash of Continental style. We’ve picked out our top ten favourite French-inspired cushions for the ideal expérience française, all in the comfort of your own home.

1. Blue stripe linen cushion, Coastal Home

Coastal Home blue stripe cushion

This high quality French linen cushion features indigo blue and stone stripes on both sides, and is supplied with a duck feature pad. Measuring 43cm square, it’s handmade in the UK and costs £34.95 from Coastal Home.

2. French wisteria cushion, Alice Atwell

Alice Atwell wisteria cushion

This summery cushion in purple, teal and aqua is reminiscent of warm sunny days in the French countryside. Just break open a baguette and open a bottle of rosé to accompany it! The cushion measures 45cm square and comes with its own duck feather pad. It’s printed in England from an original watercolour painting, and costs £38 from Alice Atwell.

3. French vintage script cushion, House of Fraser

Linea French script cushion

This over-sized cushion is exclusively designed for House of Fraser, and measures 50cm square so you can really make a statement. It’s 100% cotton with a polyester pad so it can be slung in the washing machine, making it a practical choice for garden rooms and outside chairs. £30, available from House of Fraser.

4. Upcycled French grain sack cushion, Little Mill House

French grain sack cushions

Made from a vintage French grain sack, this cushion has a dark blue stripe running through the hessian and features the mill stamp on the front. It measures approximately 60cm x 50cm and comes with a feather cushion pad. £50, available from Little Mill House.

5. Oxford outdoor cushion, John Lewis

Oxford outdoor cushion

This gorgeous French grey cushion is made from polyester that’s hard wearing and weather resistant so it can be used outside. A great addition to your outdoor dining chair, deck chair or lounger, it measures 50cm square and costs £25 from John Lewis.

6. Blue and cream toile cushion, Love from Rosie

Blue and cream Toile cushion

This elegant blue and cream cushion is covered in classic French toile material with a rose and scroll design, and features contrasting French ticking-inspired stripes on the reverse. The cover’s removable, and fastens with fabric ties. The cushion measures 50cm square and costs £22.95 from Love from Rosie.

7. French butterfly cushion, Live Laugh Love Ltd

Butterfly cushion

This beautiful French vintage-style cushion cover features a faded butterfly and script design with frilled edging, and tie fastenings on the reverse. £14.95 from Live Laugh Love.

8. Eiffel Tower cushion, Alhambra Home

Eiffel tower cushion 

This cotton print cushion cover featuring an iconic Eiffel Tower print is a celebration of all things Parisian. Available in four different colours, it measures 45cm square and costs £16 from Alhambra Home (cushion pad not included).

9. Tweed malou cushion, GreenGate

GreenGate tweed malou cushion

 This elegant tweed cushion by GreenGate, Copenhagen, features a French-inspired patch design and contrasting stitched edge. It measures 40cm square, and costs £39.95 from Love from Rosie.

10. Springtime in Paris cushion, Alhambra Home

Springtime in Paris cushion

We love this fifties’ print Parisienne ladies and street scene cushion cover. Made from 100% cotton, it’s fully washable and measures 45cm square. £16 for cover only, from Alhambra Home as before.

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