Archive for the ‘Cushions’ Category

Animal magic: Photographic animal design cushions

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

M&S cat dog rabbit elephant cushion

A friend keeps sending me links to these cushions, trying to tempt me into buying the cat and kitten ones. On closer inspection, there turns out to be a whole range of animal designs and aren’t they lovely?

The photographic design approach is a bit different and adds depth and realism to the cushions. It’s like having photos displayed on your sofa, rather than on a wall.

All of the cushions are available from M&S, plus they’re reasonably priced. The question is, which would you choose? Or would you opt for a whole menagerie?

Top row:

Freddie Jack Russell cushion, £19.50

Printed bunny cushion, £12

Velvet sheep print cushion, £25

Middle row:

Photographic sleeping kittens cushion, £15

Sidney tabby cat cushion, £12

Sheep scene cushion, £12

Bottom row:

Velvet printed tiger cushion, £12

Printed duckling cushion, £12

Elephant print cushion, £19.50

Beautiful birds: 10 bird design cushions

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Bird images are a design classic, and these cushions are a great way of bringing a touch of spring to your living room, bedroom or conservatory. Whether your taste is for realistic, cute, quirky or kitsch, there’s sure to be something in our top ten picks to help you feather your nest. In fact, why not spread your wings a little and indulge in a whole aviary of our avian classics?

1. Retro bird cushions, Magpie

These gorgeous 1950s-inspired cushions come in lovely muted colours such as sea green and mid blue, and are available in four designs: robin, thrush, wagtail and blue tit. Each cushion features a different and complementary design on the back as well, so you get two for the price of one. £20 each from Magpie.

2. Applique bird cushion, Aspace

Unashamedly cute, this appliqued cushion featuring a trio of patchwork birds is almost too ‘tweet’ to be true. A perfect accessory for a little girl’s room, it’s £28 from children’s furniture specialist Aspace.

3. Embroidered owl cushion, Barbara Coupe


This beautiful embroidered owl has such a friendly, cheeky expression it’s a shame to sit on it! The classic design in black and white will complement any décor, both traditional and modern. £65 from Barbara Coupe.

4. Canary cushion, The French Bedroom Company

We love the strong, striking colours of this silk-cotton blend cushion, £60 from The French Bedroom Company. It would make a real statement against white bed linen, or mix it with other brightly coloured cushions and pile it on a sofa for an opulent Oriental look.

5. Eagle Cushion, Story North


This stunning, realistic eagle will be a real talking point. Designed by Danish company by nord Copenhagen, you can almost hear the swish of the wings as the bird of prey hovers just before the dive. Available from Story North, £85.

6. Peacock cushion, Living It Up


The jewel colours and simple design of this ‘Patrick’ cushion make it a firm favourite. and while it would suit any room in the house,  we think it would work particularly well in a conservatory or summerhouse. The tail is made from real peacock feathers, giving it a lovely tactile feel. £35 from Living It Up.

7. Owl cushion, Hunkydory Home

Another bright statement piece, this quirky owl is printed onto white canvas for maximum durability. Designed by British illustrator Lucie Sheridan, the cushion costs £26 from Hunkydory Home.

8. Lovebirds Cushion, Naken Interiors

If you prefer clean, contemporary designs then this Lovebird cushion is for you. Printed onto organic white cotton, it would make a lovely Valentine’s or anniversary present, or just a little treat for the house. £54 from Naken Interiors.

9. Humming bird cushion, Alison at Home

If your tastes run more to the exotic, how about this beautiful humming bird design? Based on botanical illustrations, the design is full of colour and movement. £34.50 from Alison at Home.

10. Grouse cushion, Cotswolds Trading


This classic linen cushion features a watercolour illustration of a grouse. The reverse is made from houndstooth check fabric for a quality finish, and the whole result is understated and elegant. £32.50 from Cotswolds Trading.

Fab Friday Bargains: Funky contemporary cushions

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Contemporary cushions for less

The January sales have brought with them plenty of homeware bargains. If it’s new cushions you’re after, here are five fab Friday bargains that fit the bill for funky designs, cushiony softness and tempting prices.

1. Celebrate your love of biscuity goodness and get 20% off novelty biscuit cushions. Choose from Party Ring, Jammy Dodger or Custard Cream designs. They’re now £17.60 each from Lisa Angel Homeware and Gifts.

2. Not just a pretty picture, this is a cushion with an actual moon scene on it. The silk cushion features a photographic image from a real NASA lunar landing in space. It’s now half price and is £15 from John Lewis

3. Relieve memories of the wonderful Fab lolly, with a cushion by Martin Winscombe. It’s reduced to £28 at Debenhams.

4. Liven up your sofa with a cushion cover made from a fabric design featuring images from Mexican La Lotteria cards. It’s got 20% off and is now £14.40 from Twentysevenpalms.

5. Sit back and rest your head on the tape measure cushion, by designer Ben de Lisi. It’s got a massive 70% off the original price and is now only £6.60.

Product review: Large Decker dot cushion from

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Luxury contemporary spot dot cushion

We’ve often featured furniture and lighting from on Fresh Design Blog, but did you know they also sell soft furnishings such as cushions and rugs?

The large Decker cushion is just one example of the range of cushions they sell. Like all their other products, it’s priced significantly lower than you’d find on the high street, as they specialise in offering contemporary design pieces at affordable prices.

Zesty spot dot jacquard fabric

The square Decker spot cushion is a brilliantly sized cushion, at 51cm x 51cm, and larger than many that are typically available elsewhere. It’s made from a bespoke woven jacquard fabric featuring a multicoloured dot design on the front, and a contrasting plain red on the back and has a luxury feel to it. It’s a lovely design that will complement many interior décor schemes.

Contemporary designer cushion

This is definitely a cushion that you can snuggle up to and its size makes it ideal for lying back against on a sofa after a long hard day at work. We love the design and colours and it’s very contemporary in feel. On a dark, dull winter day, it certainly livens up a chair or sofa with its burst of zesty colour.

And if for any reason you ever get fed up of seeing the dots, then you can turn it around and enjoy the berry red shade on the back instead. Two cushions in one – bargain!

Two cushion designs in one

The Decker dot cushion costs £39 (usual high street price £75), and is available on express delivery, so one could be with you by Christmas.

In addition, have a range of other cushions available, including lots of funky contemporary designs, and plain single colour fabric cushions.

(Disclosure: We were sent a cushion to review)

Contemporary patchwork cushions by Suzy Newton

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Contemporary patchwork homeware ideas

Bold, lively and striking, these contemporary patchwork cushion designs by Suzy Newton are bursting with colour and energy.

Each cushion is made from a creative mix of quality fabrics, including cotton, velvet and woven fabric from brands such as Designers Guild, Harlequin, Blendworth, Zimmer & Rhodes and Lindwood fabrics.

A number of different designs are available, including square and rectangular shaped cushions. We love the look of the stripe effect of the Stri patchwork cushion,  the summer pastels of the Past cushion, the mix of florals and textured fabrics in Che and the butterfly design in the Ness cushion.

All of the cushions come with a luxury feather inner, have concealed zips and bonded linings, giving them a firm structure that helps the cushions hold their shapes.

They’re a great example of contemporary patchwork designs and are cushions you’ll love to admire and use. Check out Suzy Newton’s shop on Bouf.

Alice in Wonderland quotations cushion

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Handmade quote design cushions

Love Alice in Wonderland? Celebrate and share some of the best quotes from the book, with this Alice in Wonderland themed cushion.

From the bold wording, “We’re all mad here,” to classic phrases such as, “We called him tortoise because he taught us,” and “You’re nothing but a pack of cards,” the front of the cushion is adorned with a newsprint style collection of favourite quotes from the novel.

It’s handmade and created by Vintage Designs Reborn and can be purchased as just a cover (so you can use it as a replacement cover for an existing cushion) or complete with an inner pad.

The Alice in Wonderland quotations cushion, and other designs based on quotes and lyrics, can be be purchased from Not On The High Street.


Quick fix living room soft furnishings update

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Update your living room for less

Our love of cushions is no secret and if you’re looking for a quick and relatively inexpensive way of updating a tired looking living room for spring, then changing your cushions is always a good bet.

New cushions can help introduce different colours to a room, add patterns, tone with an existing colour palette and freshen up the look of a sofa.

If you’ve already got cushions in use and the cushion pads are still in good shape, then rather than buying a whole new cushion, an easy way of saving money and updating your room for less is to simply invest in new cushion covers.

There are a wide variety of cushion covers available from high street retailers, with covers typically costing between £8 and £15 each. Or, if you’re a dab hand with a sewing machine and have found fabric you love, you could even have a go at making some yourself.

Biscuit design novelty cushions

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Iced pink party ring low fat biscuits

Your favourite biscuits….as cushions

If you’re on a New Year health kick and thought you’d have to give up biscuits completely, then perhaps you could think again – as these little beauties have a tasty biscuity look without any calories!

We’re loving the look of the iced pink party ring design biscuit cushion, but if jammy dodgers, custard creams or chocolate bourbon biscuits are more your cup of tea, all these are covered too.

The biscuit shaped cushions are available from Lisa Angel Homeware and Gifts via Not On The High Street, and currently have 15% off the usual price.

Fresh Design Find: Concentric cushion covers by Niki Jones

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

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One of the many fab designers we spotted at the recent Decorex International 2012 event was Niki Jones.

Niki is keen to create beautiful home products using as many traditional crafts and methods as possible and this really shines through in her designs. But if you thought traditional crafts mean a lack of fresh, contemporary designs, then you’re most definitely wrong.

We particularly like the round design of Niki’s concentric cushion covers, which have a bold and modern striking design. The design is embroidered and finished off around the edge with handmade pompoms.

The concentric cushion covers are available in a choice of three colourways – chartreuse green on dove grey, dove grey on white or slate on natural linen, and can be purchased from Niki Jones.

Inspiring cushion collections from John Lewis

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Carefully chosen cushions can help bring the interior design of a room to life.

John Lewis have put together some lovely cushion collections – here are three of our favourites.

Modern and contemporary cushions and soft furnishings

Playnation cushions

The Playnation cushion collection is ideal if you like contemporary designs and lively colours. Mix and match these plain and print cushions for a playful and fun look.

The cushions are priced from £15 to £35 each.

Uplifting contemporary cushions and soft furnishings

Bright and beautiful cushions

The Bright and Beautiful cushion collection lives up to its name, as it’s full of bright colours and eye-catching designs. The 3D style cushions add texture and interest, whilst the bright floral and watercolour prints combine uplifting colours. Even the plain cushions add a bit of luxury, as they’re made of silk.

These cushions are priced between £20 and £45.

Black white and natural cushions

Monochrome cushions

If natural colours, blacks and whites are more your style, the Monochrome Designs cushion collection is full of options. From the wonderful eye test and London typography cushions, to gorgeous textured cushions, this collection offers stylish possibilities for a modern and contemporary home.

Cushions in the monochrome collection are priced from £20 to £35.

Check out more inspiring cushion collections at John Lewis.

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