Archive for the ‘Soft furnishings’ Category
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
The iconic British stamp design is brought to life on this colourful cushion, from Cushions Online.
Celebrating the best of British postal designs, the cushion has a contemporary vintage feel to it, with sepia tones and authentic looking stamped markings dotted around the stamps. As you’d expect, stamps of different denominations are featured, including a good old half penny stamp as a blast from the past. Although it’s multi-coloured, the predominant colours are red, purple and gold.
The square cushion is made from 100% cotton and features the printed design on the front and back. It’s filled with a comfortable and plump duck feather pad. At 43cm x 43cm, the cushion is a good size and makes just the right amount of impact when used on a sofa or chair.
The stamp design cushion is made by soft furnishings business, Cushions Online, who are based in Lancaster. They’ve been making cushions since 1985, using a lovely selection of designer fabrics, and supply cushions to companies such as John Lewis.
It’s possible to buy direct from them, via their website, and one major bonus of doing so is the cost. As you’re buying direct from the manufacturers, there’s no big retail markup on the products. The stamps print cushion, for example, is only £11, which is incredibly good value for such a quality item.
Some other examples of their cushions include:
Moyka teal stripe cushion, £19; Virginia pink velvet cushion, £17; World metro map large cushion, £25
Anoushka embroidered long cushion in turquoise, £19.50; Cornwall cotton print cushion, £10.50; Oakley blue cushion, £15
Grasses design silk cushion, £39 for a pair; Ruby red silk doupion bolster cushion, £18; Talish kilim cushion in bright multi, £16
Cushions Online is a great find and definitely a company we’ll be going back to when we’re in search of cushions.
(Disclosure: We were sent a cushion to review).
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Attractive, eye-catching and colours you’ll never tire of, blue and white soft furnishings and bedding feature heavily in the new Autumn /Winter 2013 collection from Habitat.
Indigo, denim and mid blue shades all work wonderfully well with crisp white and, as you can see in the image above, the different patterns are made to mix and match.
Choose from spot, stripe, plain or patterned cushions and mix with chunky blankets, decorative bedspreads and cotton bedding for a warm inviting mix.
Add a coordinating rug to the floor for a soft and comfortable surface to step out of bed onto on a chilly autumnal morning.
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
We’re rather entranced by the Timorous Beasties butterflies design fabric.
Having spent some time recently in a butterfly house, with the most exotic colours and designs of butterflies, the butterflies on this fabric look amazingly realistic.
The colours stand out wonderfully and, even though there’s an enormous amount of detail on the background, with stems and branches weaving around, the butterflies don’t detract from this at all. We love the different butterfly sizes and colours, and the tiny ones that you almost miss.
Butterfly fabric screen
The fabric is lovely and looks brilliant used on this fabric covered screen.
Sadly it’s not cheap – it will set you back £120 per metre (ouch!), but for a very special project or treasured cushion, it would be ideal.
The butterflies printed linen fabric is available from Timorous Beasties.
Monday, April 16th, 2012
Fresh, uplifting and colourful sums up this cushion very well, we think.
Golden butterflies are depicted flitting between bright fuschia branches, on a background of turquoise blue.
Definitely uplifting and a great splash of colour for a chair or bed, the cushion cover is made from 100% cotton canvas and is finished off with decorative natural wood buttons.
The golden butterflies cushion is a snip at only £12.99 from More Vibrant.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
Cushions are one of the easiest ways of updating the look of a sofa, chair or bed and we’re constantly on the lookout for new designs.
This cushion design – Among The Trees – from textiles company Kitty McCall (run by London-based print designer, Catherine Nice) is buzzing with colour and energy. It has a fresh and contemporary feel to it and is unlike any other cushion design we’ve featured before.
The printed design is, “inspired by layered patterning created while drawing with no fixed starting point or end,” and each cushion is unique.
At £69, Among the Trees is not a cheap cushion, but it is unusual and there’s plenty of depth and interest to keep drawing your eyes back to it.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Natural knitted cushion
This is the most lovely, soft and snuggly cushion (trust me, you won’t want to put it down) – and the chunky knitted design is on trend too!
With an autumnal chill already in the air (where has the summer gone?), this is the perfect cushion for snuggling up to on a chilly night.
The knitted cushion is made from 100% acrylic, with a polyester lining, and comes in a maple cream natural colour.
It’s usually priced at £55, but is currently on offer for £41.25 from Laura Ashley.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
ContemporaryLab have some great new animal inspired cushions in stock, all designed by Katie & The Wolf.
The Martha cushion features a striking fox design. It’s made from digitally printed silk and screen printed organic cotton and the back of the cushion is nicely finished off with button details.
As the name suggests, the Perch cushion features a brightly coloured turquoise bird perched on a leafy bush. The back of the cushion is plain (the same bluey grey shade as the bush), with two contrasting buttons.
Birds also feature on the Gather cushion, but in a rather different design. Definitely more modern and contemporary in style, the monotone colours of the bird and black background of the cushion contrast with the bright colours below.
All of the cushions by Katie & The Wolf are priced at £54 each and can be purchased from ContemporaryLab. The site sells lots of unique and unusual pieces of furniture, lighting, textiles and kitchenware by award-winning new designers, so is well worth a browse.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Moustache cushion cover
Who knew we’d be featuring home accessories involving facial hair? Although slightly mad, we couldn’t overlook this quirky and humorous cushion!
The La Cerise Sur La Gateau moustache cushion cover features six illustrations of different types of moustaches, together with a tongue-in-cheek French description.
It’s not cheap at £52 for just the cushion cover, but if you’d like to pop this on a cushion of your choice, you can buy it from Selfridges.
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Comfy seat, gorgeous design
It’s no secret that we’re rather partial to the 1950s retro Dandelion Clocks wallpaper and fabric and we’ve previously explored some of the wallpaper and home accessories available in this wonderful print.
But now there’s a new addition on the block, in the form of this lovely beanbag.
We’ll be honest and admit that it’s not a design we’d ever expected to see as a bean bag, but it works incredibly well.
If you’re not sure you’d want the wallpaper, but would like to incorporate the design into your interior somehow, then the beanbag could be the perfect solution. You get all the benefits of the lovely design, as well as getting a comfy seat too.
The Sanderson Dandelion Clocks design beanbag is currently available in the ever popular Chaffinch colourway and can be purchased from John Lewis.
For other homeware in the matching Dandelion Clocks design, check out one of our previous posts.
Friday, January 14th, 2011
Remember the Stamp Collection mugs we featured before? Well now you can take your love of stamps even further, with these great stamp-inspired rugs.
Made from 100% New Zealand wool, the stamp rugs feature the distinctive image of the Queen on a plain coloured background. The edges of the rugs are white, finished off nicely with the classic scalloped detail you see on the stamps. The rugs measure 1.2m long by 1m wide (although other sizes are apparently available) and come in a choice of colours, representing the appropriate stamp prices:
Purple / burgundy rug – 1p stamp
Pink rug – 16p stamp
Grey rug – 50p stamp
Olive rug – 56p stamp
Red rug – 62p stamp
If you don’t want to use the rug on the floor (or can’t bear the thought of standing on the Queen’s head), then the rugs can also be hung on your wall as wall art.
The quirky stamp rugs are sold by Isabel Ballardie Interiors. Sadly they cost somewhat more in price than the stamps they represent!