Cushion styles for Spring

Today I’m continuing my quest to suggest updates for your home for spring which won’t breakthe bank, and this time I am turning my attention to cushions. I am a great fan of cushions, both in terms of comfort and how they can change the look of a room, or, more specifically a piece of furniture. Cushions are a relatively affordable way to update a tired sofa, dress a plain bedset or change a colour scheme.

For Spring, House of Fraser have a great range of cushions that range from scatter cushions for the living room, both in plain and patterned colour ways so that you can add colour, texture of pattern to your sofa, and also more luxurious fur and sequined varieties that will help turn any bedroom into a movie star style boudoir. There is an amazing offer on a range of plain cotton cushions from Linea, these usually cost £20 each but are currently being virtually given away in a special offer where you can get four for £25. (I’ve gone for the red colour way to contrast against a black leather sofa and they are amazing quality.)

If you are looking for a little bit of decadence, you will love the Biba designs which feature metallics, velvet, opulent, Art Deco style prints and patterns, and a smattering of Biba’s iconic black and gold colourways. There is more glamour in Kylie Minogue’s homeware collection, which is as glittery and pretty as the woman herself. Bright 70s style retro patterns are also represented in the designs of the ever-popular Orla Kiely, whilst Ted Baker offers beautiful, water colour floral prints that would look great in a bedroom due to its stunning pastel shades.

Are you a fan of cushions, or are you the sort of person who kicks them off the bed and throws them off the sofa? Do you prefer plain or patterned? Leave a comment and let me know.

 Linea Lime cotton cushion with contrast piping £20 current deal four for £25 click to visit House of Fraser


Linea Lime cotton cushion with contrast piping
£20 current deal four for £25 click to visit House of Fraser

 Kylie Minogue Alexa Silver Direct Co-ordinate Cushion now £28 Click to visit House of Fraser


Kylie Minogue Alexa Silver Direct Co-ordinate Cushion
now £28 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Biba Modern fan cushion now £36 Click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Modern fan cushion
now £36 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Orla Kiely Multi Stem cushion £35 Click to visit House of Fraser


Orla Kiely Multi Stem cushion
£35 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Ted Baker Hanging Gardens Feather Cushion £25 Click to visit House of Fraser


Ted Baker Hanging Gardens Feather Cushion
£25 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Kylie Minogue Gatsby dove 30x30 now £24 Click to visit House of Fraser


Kylie Minogue Gatsby dove 30×30
now £24 Click to visit House of Fraser

Revamp your living room with John Lewis

If you’ve ever looked around your living room and longed to see something different, then you will know exactly where this post is coming from. My son Joe is now five, and it is safe to say that in his five years he has done his utmost to wreck the house. From crayon on the laminate floor, to endless drinks spilled on the sofa and cushions, children have absolutely no understanding of just how much you love your sofa, or why you treasured that vase, or why carpets and biscuits just don’t mix.

But completely redecorating a room does not come cheap, and whilst your kids are still under the age of eight (or, as in Joe’s case, as clumsy as it is humanly possible to be), it may be easier to revamp rather than to try to change everything. And that is where accessories come in.

Candles, cushions, beautiful glassware and gorgeous picture frames can all change the look and ambiance of a room. They are a great and easy way of changing your colour scheme, and can either be cheap fixes, or the way to add a little luxury to your home. This season John Lewis have some amazing home furnishings and accessories, with some very special commissioned pieces that are part of the 150 year anniversary celebrations. Here are some of my favourite home accessories that are currently on offer on the John Lewis website.

Cushions

There are two cushion collections I am currently obsessed with. The first is the 150 years range, in particular the Oxford Street store cushion in citrine. The second collection I love is the Coastal collection, which would look just great in a white and pale blue living room with white painted floorboards.

John Lewis Oxford Street Cushion, Citrine £20 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Oxford Street Cushion, Citrine £20 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Loewy Lady Cushion £35 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Loewy Lady Cushion £35 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Beach Scene Cushion John Lewis £30 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Beach Scene Cushion
John Lewis £30 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Harbour Cushion John Lewis£25 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Harbour Cushion
John Lewis £25 click to visit John Lewis

Frames

Decorative frames both look attractive, and share treasured memories. No room is complete without at least a couple of family photographs.

John Lewis Leaf Photo Frame, 5 x 7" (13 x 18cm) £15 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Leaf Photo Frame, 5 x 7″ (13 x 18cm) £15 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Shiny Silver Vertical Double Frame £11-£20 click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Shiny Silver Vertical Double Frame £11-£20 click to visit John Lewis

Vases

Whether you are using them for fresh flowers, or just as a showpiece, a vase can make a real statement.

Dartington Echo Rectangular Vase, Assorted, Black £40 click to visit John Lewis

Dartington Echo Rectangular Vase, Assorted, Black £40 click to visit John Lewis

Orla Kiely Acorn Ceramic Vase, Cream/Yellow, Small £22 click to visit John Lewis

Orla Kiely Acorn Ceramic Vase, Cream/Yellow, Small £22 click to visit John Lewis

House by John Lewis Vase, H13cm, Blue, Blue £10 click to visit John Lewis

House by John Lewis Vase, H13cm, Blue, Blue £10 click to visit John Lewis

Diffusers and Candles

Heathcote & Ivory Morris & Co. Reeds and Oil Diffuser, 150ml £24 click to visit John Lewis

Heathcote & Ivory Morris & Co. Reeds and Oil Diffuser, 150ml £24 click to visit John Lewis

Stoneglow Diffuser, Ginger And White Lily, 100ml £18 click to visit John Lewis

Stoneglow Diffuser, Ginger And White Lily, 100ml £18 click to visit John Lewis

Jo Malone Silk Blossom Limited Edition Scented Candle, 200g £42 click to visit John Lewis

Jo Malone Silk Blossom Limited Edition Scented Candle, 200g £42 click to visit John Lewis

Urban Apothecary White Tea Teacup Scented Candle £35 click to visit John Lewis

Urban Apothecary White Tea Teacup Scented Candle £35 click to visit John Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for accessorizing your sofa

What to think about when choosing cushions and rugs to go with your sofa

Finding complementary cushions and rugs can bring out the beauty and shape of your family sofas – we’ve been looking at Laura Ashley’s selection of upholstery and accessories this week, and have come up with some tips and essential ideas to bear in mind when decorating.

First and foremost, you want your accessories to complement but not completely match your sofa. If you have a plain-coloured sofa you can work freely with contrasting patterns in the rug and cushions: these accessories bring light and interest to an otherwise dark or neutral environment.

To begin with, you need a base note or colour to work from. It is a good idea to take a photo of your sofa, print it out on a good colour printer, and bring it with you when you are shopping for rugs and cushions. This will allow you to discern ‘matchy-matchy’ from colour-complementary.

With a plain sofa – be it a big leather Chesterfield or a neutral sofa – you can be free to move into a different colour field with your rugs and pillows. White sofas look beautiful if complemented by blues, yellows or greens; darker browns are set off perfectly by lilacs, pink/purple and orange.

 

And when it comes to matching a rug to a cushion, they don’t need to be the same pattern; but it is an idea to have them exist in a similar colour field or grouping. We would recommend using your rug as a base for building the look, as this is the larger item and cannot be broken up and played with the way pillows can.

Rugs are expensive, and especially if you’re looking for something high quality, it’s best to choose one that you think will stand the test of time – and still look stylish and comfortable to you in twenty years’ time!

A patterned rug is a lovely choice – stripes are as much in favour these days as more traditional floral and spiral patterns. The key then is to find a way to add pillows to the mix which do not simply amplify the rug’s look; you want a complementary contrast.

If your rug is very busy, tone is down with cushions – choose slightly more subdued shades, and throw in some plain colours to settle and simplify. On the other hand, with a plain rug, you can really have fun with any pattern of pillow you want (again throw in a plain colour for continuity).